Del Brown has landed more permit on a fly than any other angler in history. This permit fly fishing pattern he designed is his go-to fly and is responsible for catching most of those permit. If there ever was a standard crab pattern for permit and bonefish as well, this is it. This is the Deceiver of crab patterns. Don't go permit fishing without this fly. Fly available in sizes: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2/0.
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"While bonefishing in Islamorada, FL, we ran into a school of a dozen Permit swimming a channel waiting for the falling tide to bring food off of the surrounding flats. My buddy hooked a live crab on a spinning rod and I quickly tied a size 4 Merkin on my 10wt. Half a minute later, we had a double; one on live bait and one on a fly. As a novice Permit fisherman, this fly was my first choice and proved to be just as effective as a natural. Maybe more, as my fish was the bigger of the two!"