July 18-21, 2021
Sugarloaf Key, Florida

Del Brown 2021 – July 18-21

The 2021 Del Brown Permit Tournament will be held July 18th 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 18th
Kick-off Dinner
South of the Seven Restaurant – Sugarloaf Key

July 19th
Fishing Day
Depart Sugarloaf at 7:30AM – Lines out at 3:30PM
Scoring until 4:30PM at South of the Seven Restaurant

July 20th
Fishing Day
Depart Sugarloaf at 7:30AM – Lines out at 3:30PM
Scoring until 4:30PM at South of the Seven Restaurant

July 21st
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.


Del Brown 2018 Begins Tonight

The 2018 Del Brown kicks off tonight at La Trattoria Oceanside! We have 22 teams of angler and guide competing for top honors in the 18th Annual Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament. Fishing begins Monday, July 16th at 7:30AM from Hurricane Hole Marina. Boats must conclude fishing each day at 3:30PM and be back to the scorekeeper by 4:30PM (or report in). Awards will be on Wednesday around 5:30PM at the upstairs dining room at Hurricane Hole Bar & Grill.

Rich Barnett                         Davie, FL             Capt. Joe Rodriguez

Ivar Bolander                 Santa Rosa, CA       Capt. Steve Friedman

Tim Brune                            Victor, ID               Capt. Bob Paulson

Scott Christian                    Milton, GA          Capt. John Benvenuto

Mike Dawes                       Wilson, WY               Capt. Will Benson

Tom del Bosque             Boca Raton, FL             Capt. Scott Irvine

Robert Dougherty                Dallas, TX                    Capt. Ian Slater

Connor Flanagan              Bozeman, MT            Capt. Brandon Cyr

John Holt                     Summerland Key, FL          Capt. Trevor Luce

Jim Knowles                     Round Hill, VA           Capt. Peter Heydon

Jack Lambrecht                   Stuart, FL                  Capt. Aaron Snell

Nathaniel Linville                Key West, FL            Capt. John O’Hearn

Alan Rivoir                          Denver, CO              Capt. Mike O’Brien

Justin Sexton                   Englewood, FL         Capt. Bear Holeman

Joe Skrumbellos                 Sunrise, FL           Capt. Matt Fitzgerald

Chris Stinnett                    Key Largo, FL            Capt. Rob Kramarz

José Ucan                   Punta Allen, Mexico            Capt. Justin Rea

Kat Vallilee                        Key West, FL         Capt. Drew Delashmit

Peter Vandergrift               Bozeman, MT            Capt. Shane Smith

Mike Ward                        Spokane, WA                Capt. Don Gable

Nick Worswick                  New York, NY            Capt. Mike Bartlett

Ed Young                         Grapevine, TX            Capt. Scott Collins

Del Brown Perpetual Trophy

Del Brown Perpetual Trophy

The new Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament perpetual trophy is now on display at The Angling Company at 333 Simonton St in downtown Key West. The sculpture was created by Chris Bladen of South Africa specifically for the Del Brown. The base of the trophy is made of solid local mahogany and created by Key West Custom Woodwork.

The perpetual trophy shows 17 years of grand champion anglers and guides.

The 18th Annual Del Brown is scheduled for July 15-18, 2018 here in Key West, FL. The fishing tournament headquarters will be at Hurricane Hole Marina on Stock Island. Boats will leave from and return to Hurricane Hole each fishing day. Lines out are at 3:30PM and all scoring will be completed by 4:30PM each day.

Del Brown Tournament 2018

We are gearing up for a great spring here in the Keys. We’ve had some ups and downs as far as the weather goes but when the fish are cooperating it’s been very good out there on the flats.

The 2018 Del Brown is scheduled for July 15-18 this year. The tournament will be held in Key West again and registration is now open for returning anglers. If you are interested in fishing the Del Brown please feel free to email us or fill out the registration form.

The entry fee this year is $1,250 and all entry fees are due by May 15, 2018 to ensure your spot. The entry fee includes all social events, tournament bag, breakfast and a boxed lunch for guide and angler each fishing day.

We are looking forward to seeing you this July!

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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