July 15-18, 2023*
Sugarloaf Key, FL

Tournament Results

Congrats to all our winners and so many thanks to everyone who came out to fish! The final results are: 19 permit released and one bonefish over the three day event. Seventeen boats participated this year. Grand champions Mike Ward and Capt Brandon Cyr with 900 points and 6 fish, second place went to Robert Dougherty and Capt. Nick LaBadie with 600 points and 4 fish, third place went to Clint Packo and Capt Simon Becker with three permit and 450 points. Third place went to a tie breaker by total inches. The largest permit was awarded to Robert Dougherty and Capt Nick LaBadie with a fish measuring 30.25” to the fork. The bonefish release category was won by Tom del Bosque and Capt Scott Irvine.

Grand Champions
Mike Ward, Spokane, WA
Capt. Brandon Cyr, Big Pine Key, FL
6 Permit Released – 900 points total

First Runner-Up
Robert Dougherty of Dallas, TX
Capt. Nick LaBadie of Key West, FL
4 Permit Released – 600 points total – Largest permit – 30.25″

Runner-Up
Clint Packo of Littleton, CO
Capt. Simon Becker of Cudjoe Key, FL
3 Permit Released – 450 points total

Largest Permit
Robert Dougherty of Dallas, TX
Capt. Nick LaBadie of Key West, FL
30.25″ to the fork

Most Bonefish Releases
Tom del Bosque of Boca Raton, FL
Capt. Scott Irvine of Key West, FL

Thanks again to Papa’s Pilar for their support of the Del Brown! They provided these authentic rum barrel awards to our Grand Champions Mike Ward and Capt. Brandon Cyr @papaspilar #rum #pilarrum #papaspilar #flyfishing #delbrown #keywestrumdistillery ...

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One of our oldest sponsors and great supporters of the Del Brown and Cuda Bowl Key West ! Awesome food and cocktails and super cool T-shirt’s and more! Square Grouper Bar and Grill My New Joint ...

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Congrats to all our winners and so many thanks to everyone who came out to fish! The final results are: 19 permit released and one bonefish over the three day event. Seventeen boats participated this year. Grand champions Mike Ward and Capt Brandon Cyr with 900 points and 6 fish, second place went to Robert Dougherty and Capt. Nick LaBadie with 600 points and 4 fish, third place went to Clint Packo and Capt Simon Becker with three permit and 450 points. Third place went to a tie breaker by total inches. The largest permit was awarded to Robert Dougherty and Capt Nick LaBadie with a fish measuring 30.25” to the fork. The bonefish release category was won by Tom del Bosque and Capt Scott Irvine. #permitonfly #permitfishing #delbrown #permittournament #flyfishing #flyfish #skifflife #flatsfishing ...

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Many thanks to @fishewear for the amazing permit gear for our lady anglers. Check them out! #fishewear #ladyangler #girlsrule @katv22 @mireelovesfishinglee ...

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Thanks to Orvis we all our participants have a brand new Ultralight Storm 2.5L Jacket. Perfect for our Keys summer rain showers. #orvisflyfishing #orvis #rainjacket #permitonfly #fishingtournament #florida #keys #floridakeysfishing ...

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A big thank you to Simms for being a big supporter of the Del Brown! @simmsfishing #fishinghat #fishitwell #permitonfly #permitfishing #floridakeys #keywest #sugarloafkey #papaspilar #rumbarrel ...

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Yeti has been a proud supporter of the Del Brown for many years. Their products are made to last and this mug is a must. #yeti #yetirambler #yeticups #delbrown #permitfishing #adultbeverages #bestcoffeemugever ...

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Day 2 results! Three teams are tied at 450 points each. Seven permit released today. Great job everyone! #permitonfly #delbrown #fishingtournament #flyfishing #skifflife #sugarloafmarina @southoftheseven ...

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Day 2 is underway! Good luck everyone! #permitonfly #flyfish #sugarloafkey #floridakeys #skifflife #permitfishing #palometa #sugarloafmarina ...

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So many thanks to Papa’s Pilar Rum for their support of the Del Brown! Visit them in downtown Key West at the corner of Simonton & Greene St. @papaspilar #papaspilar #keywestrum #drinkrum #piratesdrinkrum #permitonfly #delbrown ...

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Good Luck to all the anglers and guides! Day 1 of the 2022 Del Brown is under way. ...

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Many thanks to our sponsors for the love and support for the Del Brown Tournament! Especially our hosts and headquarters for the event @southoftheseven ...

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The Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament kicks off this Sunday with our Captain's Meeting and Dinner followed by three days of fishing! ...

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Check out the silent auction for our friends at the Lower Keys Guides Association & Sugarloaf Showdown! They have some great gear, trips, gift certificates to local restaurants & businesses, and fabulous art!
https://showdown2021.givesmart.com
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The 2021 Del Brown is a wrap! Congrats to our Grand Champion Clint Packo and Capt. Simon Becker who release 5 permit over the three day event. Second place went to Nathaniel Linville and Capt. John O’Hearn with two permit and third place went to Wes Smith and Capt. Nick LaBadie with two permit. Our bonefish division was won by Jose Ucan and Capt. Justin Rea. Thank you to all the participants, our wonderful sponsors and to the staff at South of the Seven for the great event @southoftheseven #delbrown #permitonfly #flyfishing #flyfishingnation #permitfishing #allpermitmatter ...

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Day 2 of the Del Brown Results: 3 permit released by three different teams. Nathaniel Linville, 26” fish, 150 points, Clint Packo, 26” fish, 150 points and Scott Harkins, 21” fish, 150 Points. Leader is Clint Packo & Capt. Simon Becker with three fish and 450 points. Final day is tomorrow! Check the link in bio for complete scoreboard #permit #permitonfly #flyfishingforpermit #delbrownpermittournament #sugarloafkey ...

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Del Brown 2022 – JULY 10 – 13

The 2022 Del Brown Permit Tournament will be held July 10th through 21st in Sugarloaf Key. The tournament for 2021 is full but please email us if you wish to be put on the waiting list for future events.

July 10th
Kick-off Dinner
South of the Seven Restaurant – Sugarloaf Key
5:30PM

July 11th
Fishing Day
Depart Sugarloaf at 7:30AM – Lines out at 3:30PM
Scoring until 4:30PM at South of the Seven Restaurant

July 12th
Fishing Day
Depart Sugarloaf at 7:30AM – Lines out at 3:30PM
Scoring until 4:30PM at South of the Seven Restaurant

July 13th
Fishing Day
Depart Sugarloaf at 7:30AM – Lines out at 3:30PM
Scoring until 4:30PM at South of the Seven Restaurant
Awards immediately following at 5PM

Sugarloaf Marina will be open early for use of the ramp, ice, drinks and snacks.

Breakfast to go will be available and lunch. Drinks and food after fishing at South of the Seven.

Many thanks to all the supporters of the Del Brown, both past and present. We appreciate your generosity greatly!

Patagonia Fly Fish
Orvis
Chittum Skiffs - The world's most technologically advanced composite flats skiff.
Square Grouper Bar and Grill
Sunset Lounge
Yeti Coolers
Bajio Sunglasses
Sugarloaf Marina

John Kobald
Kobald Art

Baypoint Market
Papa's Pilar
Captains For Clean Water
Trust the Bum
Saltwater Angler Key West
Simms Fishing
Thomas & Thomas
The Angling Company Key West
Seven Mile Fly Shop
Fishe Wear

About Del Brown

The Del Brown Permit Tournament is dedicated to the man who made permit fishing with a fly rod famous, the late Del Brown. Brown caught 513 permit on a fly rod in his lifetime. Brown tied a fly called the “Merkin” that was a close enough representation of a crab that permit rushed to eat it. Today there are many styles of the Merkin fly, most of them are a representation of Brown’s crab. The Del Brown Permit Tournament was established in 2001 and continues to honor the late Del Brown with this annual event in July. The Del Brown makes a contribution to Bonefish Tarpon Trust annually to the Jon Ain Memorial Fund for continued permit research.

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