True story. Several years ago, I had the chance to go to The Palometa Club in Ascension Bay, Mexico, on a quest to catch my first permit ever (palometa means permit in Spanish). I had been primed with many stories about how permit are the most difficult fish to catch on a fly... fishing for them is an exercise reserved only for the mildly insane. First day, first morning, my guide and I are buzzing across the flats, when he suddenly kills the engine, leaps out of the boat, and waves at me to follow. A signature black sickle fin is pulsing along a mangrove shoreline...a tailing permit...looked like a silver trash can lid reflecting just below the surface. So I load up, make a cast, drop the crab fly in the feeding path, and boom...hook up with a 15-pounder. First fish, first cast...I thought, "Ain't nothin' to this permit thing..."