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Fly Fishing for Permit Hardcover – November 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881505803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881505801
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Samson was editor of Field and Stream for fifteen years—until his permit addiction got the best of him. He now travels the world in pursuit of this fish. Samson is the author of several books, including Permit on a Fly and Fly Fishing for Permit. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Simon Lusk on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the second of Jack Samsons permit books i have purchased, and i was disappointed with the first and am bitterly disappointed with the second. My permit fishing knowledge was not improved dramatically from reading this book, apart from the section on striking by the english carp fisherman.

The biggest disappointment is the discussion about gear. There is no discussion of rod action for instance - it treats all rods the same without discussing the distance casting a fly or the rod action best for the job - yet in my experience a shortish cast with a heavy fly is needed, so a softer action rod is appropriate. Samson doesnt even comment. Leaders is another area that deserve attention but is not discussed in detail.

Production quality is poor with black and white photos in the main, and the coloured photos of flies omit the fairly obvious facts about how to fish each fly and what conditions best suit particular types of flies.

I bought this book expecting to pick up a lot of pragmatic technical tips about permit fishing, and a thorough, detailed discussion of gear, technique and tactics. I didnt get much of this at all, this book is more a nice collection of thoughts on permit fishing rather than a practical guide that will enable anyone but the most novice of permit fishermen to catch more permit. In my view Lefty Kreh's book Fly Fishing for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon is a far more useful book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Enhanced with color photography, Fly Fishing For Permit by world traveler and fishing enthusiast Jack Samson is a down-to-earth guide to all the diverse aspects of fishing for the elusive permit, which unlike the trout or bonefish, has acquired a reputation for being nearly impossible to catch. From the equipment needed, to maps of the best permit fishing locations (including ones in Mexico, Florida Keys, Belize), to saltwater fly-fishing techniques and engaging anecdotes, Fly Fishing For Permit is a "must-read" for any dedicated fisherman with a keen interest trying their skills in landing the elusive and wiley permit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CaptBuddy on January 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had read all of Jack's writings on Permit long before I met him. Nothing had prepared me. He is the most intense, focused, driven Permit fisherman I've come across. Now he has given us another definitive book on fishing for Permit. Whether you hunt Permit with lures, live bait, or have lost your mind to the thrill of pursuing them with fly tackle, this book should be part of your library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2003
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I like the style of Jack Samson's writing. Enjoyable, interesting facts and stories about fly fishing for permit from the masters of the sport and Jack himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Di on April 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
this is a very pleasant book to read, detailing the author's experiences flyfishing for permit. i enjoyed reading it. however, this book is very light on the basics or essentials of flats flyfishing. it is not really much of a "how-to" book, either in terms of permit specifically, or flats fishing in general. a lot of species-specific books of this type also mention in passing other species you may encounter in the same waters, and differences in how those species may be fished. this book has very little of that as well. although i am glad i bought it, standing alone i would not consider this book informative enough for a beginner or definitive enough for experienced flats fishermen.
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