Permit Head Stand

Permit Head Stand

Let's talk about how to read a permits eating reactions. Why is this so important? Well your ability as a fly angler to read the permits body language during a fly presentation will help give a clue as to whether the permit has eaten the fly or not.

This photo shows you a permit in a total vertical mode. This action usually is high odds that the permit is eating your fly right now. This would be a good time to strip slowly trying to feel the line come tight.

If you don't strip to fast and the fish has not eaten the fly then the slow movement of the fly moving on the bottom will be a noninvasive movement and hopefully entice the fish to eat the fly. If you strip to fast then if the fish didn't eat the fly you risk adding to much movement to quickly and possible spooking the fish.

Keep an eye on the permit and if you see a vertical head stand like this pucker up and get ready baby!


Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

How an Atlanta craft brewery is helping to save Georgia's most important trout stream. United States

Saving the Chattahoochee River

Ross Purnell - April 23, 2019

How an Atlanta craft brewery is helping to save Georgia's most important trout stream.

Modern methods for catching smallmouths on topwater flies. Bass

How to Catch Smallmouth Bass on Topwater Flies

Dave Karczynski and Tim Landwehr

Modern methods for catching smallmouths on topwater flies.

Chip's Monster Magic. Designed in Saskatchewan's pike paradise - works anywhere. Fly Tying

Fly Tying Chip's Monster Magic Fly

Dwayne 'Chip' Cromarty - January 15, 2016

Chip's Monster Magic. Designed in Saskatchewan's pike paradise - works anywhere.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Bahamas - Bonefish

Bahamas - Bonefish

Conway casts for his personal best bonefish while fishing the Grand Bahama islands.

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Master fly tier Charlie Craven discuss the tools and materials needed to tie the Black Beauty.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp flies! Flies

The 15 Best Carp Flies

Jay Zimmerman - September 27, 2016

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp...

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range. United States

Wind River Range Wyoming

Greg Thomas - July 27, 2015

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range.

Read about Colorado's backcountry fly fishing in United States

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Colorado

Steven B. Schweitzer - May 03, 2016

Read about Colorado's backcountry fly fishing in " Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Colorado."

See More Stories

More Flies

Fly fishers need to exhibit 'situational awareness' and fish nymphs designed to trigger a strike when trout are keyed on a particular food item. Flies

Using Nymphs to Trigger Strikes

George Daniel - June 18, 2018

Fly fishers need to exhibit 'situational awareness' and fish nymphs designed to trigger a...

Popularized by Jack Dennis and his Western Trout Fly Tying Manual, the Humpy is the Western attractor dry but has a reputation for being difficult to tie. Flies

Craven's Easy Humpy

Charlie Craven - January 03, 2016

Popularized by Jack Dennis and his Western Trout Fly Tying Manual, the Humpy is the Western...

Flies

Big Flies for (Really) Big Fish

Ross Purnell, Editor - October 31, 2017

"What kind of fly do you use to catch something like that!?" Big Flies, big fish!

See More Flies

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.