The newest tradition at the Palometa Club: Each time a guest lands a permit (or more) you get to raise and fly a small blue and white flag on our new flagpole.  While this is a new idea for catch and release permit fishing, colored flags have been a part of the blue water sport fishing tradition for decades.  Originally, colored flags of the different species of marlin (blue for blue, white with stripes for striped, black for black) had several practical applications beyond simple bragging rights.  Mainly, the purpose of the colored flag on the halyard of a commercial or sport fishing vessel prior to VHS radio was simply to alert the rest of the fleet whether your boat had found fish (and of what species).   It was not just for Marlin either…  A capital “T” of either yellow or blue was flown when Tuna were caught as well.  The flags also alerted the dock hands back at the port when an approaching boat was returning with a catch that required a crane, scale and ice.  Again, all pre-radio forms of communication.

Today, at TPC, we just think it is a fun way for our guests to show off their bragging rights.  Below are the first two flag raising ceremonies.  I am very much looking forward to a multi-perm day to test the fortitude of Dick’s flagpole.

The First Ever Permit Flag Raising. John Baker.

Joe Seelig. Advanced Permititus has set in.


About the Author:

David Leake has nearly fifteen years of experience in the fly fishing travel and retail industry. In addition to being the owner of the company, David manages the travel department at Tailwaters. David has traveled throughout the world developing our travel offerings. These destinations include, but are not limited to, Alaska, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Seychelles, Venezuela, and of course all through the United States. David is the copywriter for all of Tailwaters brochures and pre-trip information and editorial content for the company. David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has three children, Lynsie, Patrick, and Sam, with his wife, Melissa.

One Comment

  1. Michael April 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Fun concept. How tall is your flagpole?

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