We regret that the Del Brown Permit Tournament for 2020 has been cancelled.

Our 2021 Tournament is scheduled for July 18 – 21, 2021.

The Del Brown Permit Tournament has been cancelled for 2020. Due to restrictions as a direct result of Covid-19. We value the support the Del Brown has received over the years through our wonderful anglers and guides, and also our sponsors. We recognize this has been a difficult time for all and putting on a great event takes planning for months in advance. We hope you will still be able to join us in 2021. The dates for the Del Brown in 2021 are July 18 – 21, 2021.



Final Results – Del Brown 2018

Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament  –  July 15-18, 2018 . –  Key West, FL

Grand Champions
Jose Ucan of Punta Allen, Mexico
Capt. Justin Rea
Sugarloaf Key, FL
6 Permit Total

2nd Place
Nathanial Linville, Key West, FL
Capt. John O’Hearn
Key West, FL
3 Permit Total

3rd Place
Connor Flanagan, Bozeman, MT
Capt. Brandon Cyr
Key West, FL
2 Permit, including the largest fish of the tournament.

Largest Permit
Connor Flanagan, Bozeman, MT
Capt. Brandon Cyr, Key West, FL
Largest Fish at 26.25” to the fork

Bonefish Division – Fun Division
Ivar Bolander, Santa Rosa, CA
Capt. Steve Friedman, Islamorada, FL
18 Bonefish releases

Day Two Results

The second day of the Del Brown the weather was about the same as Day 1. There were 7 permit caught, 4 by one boat and three on 3 individual boats. The team that released 4 permit was Jose Ucan and Capt. Justin Rea. Mike Dawes and Capt. Will Benson released one, Justin Sexton and Capt Bear Holeman released one permit and Connor Flanagan and Capt. Brandon Cyr released the largest for the day 26.25″.

Day One Results

The 2018 Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament started with a beautiful flat calm morning. Skies were clear and the sunrise was beautiful! A field of 22 teams on 22 boats departed Hurricane Hole Marina at 7:30AM to go fishing.


Robert Dougherty & Capt. Ian Slater

Connor Flanagan & Capt. Brandon Cyr

Connor Flanagan & Capt. Brandon Cyr

Joe Skrumbellos & Capt. Matt Fitzgerald

Joe Skrumbellos & Capt. Matt Fitzgerald

Chris Stinnett & Capt. Rob Kramarz

José Ucan / Capt. Justin Rea

Peter Vandergrift / Capt. Shane Smith

22.25″ / 150 points

25.25″ / 150 points

20.5″ / 150 points

17.5″ / 100 points

24.25″ / 150 points

18.25″ / 150 points

Peter Vandergrift / Capt. Shane Smith

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

Patagonia Fly Fish
Saltwater Angler Key West
Florida Keys & Key West
Square Grouper Bar and Grill
Costa del Mar Sunglasses
Yeti Coolers
Hatch Outdoors Premium Fly Fishing Reels & Accessories
Trust the Bum
Simms Fishing
The Angling Company Key West

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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