A Fly so good it needs a Permit
Originally developed by some of the top Permit anglers on the globe, the Merkin is a versatile crab pattern that will work in just about any situation. It's full body gives it a deliciously slightly-slower sink-rate and a soft presentation for what is hands down the spookiest fish in the salt.
However it's not just great for the holy grail of the flats, it's also just as effective on the humble Bream, and a swathe of southern species. It's weed-guards make it great for throwing against rock structure and mangroves. The rubbery legs and soft hackle claws waft in current creating action even on a dead slow or static retrieve. Allowing fish to pick it up off the bottom at their leisure.
the Gamakatsu SL113H is its base and you can be sure if you pin a fish its going to stick. That hook with 3mm or 4mm tungsten beads perfectly weighs this fly to your desired presentation. Fish it slow and low, let it do the work for you.