To land a permit on a fly is a pinnacle experience in the landscape of angling.
Consider all of the anglers in the world. Now consider all of them that have caught a permit. Finally how many of those anglers have caught one on a fly? Surely, we must be talking about a fractional percentage when viewing the statistics for anglers across the world. No, it is not easy. Permit do not care how rare your days off are. They don't care how much money you've spent and they certainly do not care how bad you want it. It is hard. It is maddening. It is sado-masochistic, but it is also incredibly addicting. It's been said that the greatest dopamine releases occur after the greatest work has been invested. I believe that for permit anglers, this is what accounts for the unyielding desire to chase these incredible fish. It's the thrill of the chase, the agony of defeat and the unbridled bliss when it all comes together.