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Florida flyfishing: First permit … first place!

Updated: April 28, 2005, 1:48 AM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPNOutdoors.com associate editor

"Permit are not meant to be caught on flies. I know this for a fact: Over the years, countless dozens of them have told me so." E. Donnall Thomas Jr. — from "Whitefish Can't Jump & Other Tales of Gamefish"

It's the fish of a thousand backcasts — if not more.

In fact, legions of saltwater flyanglers spend days, weeks, months and, in some cases, years trying to land a permit on a fly.

And that's just any permit on a fly.

This helps to explain why 40-year old ...

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