In today’s episode, owner of Fly Fishers Shop and Scientific Angler Ambassador Pat Ehlers takes us to fly fishing largemouth bass. Pat’s journey into the realm of fly fishing is a tale that began with childhood wonder and evolved into a lifelong passion.
With a boatload of expertise and a trusty VEXUS, he takes us on a bass-fishing adventure that’s as thrilling as it is educational. Plus, he introduces us to his custom-crafted patterns like the Vampire Leech and Grim Reaper. Don’t miss out on this episode packed with bass-catching wisdom from a true master of the craft!
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Episode Chapters with Pat Ehlers on Fly Fishing Largemouth Bass
02:10 – Pat’s journey into fly fishing began as a young kid watching the first American Sportsman show on ABC with Curt Gowdy and Jack Dennis. He later developed a special mentorship with Jack Dennis and opportunities to share his knowledge at national fly fishing shows.
04:00 – Pat started the Fly Fishers Fly Shop in 1988.
08:22 – We talked about the evolution of fishing and fishing equipment over the years. Pat’s commitment to finding high-end gear to better serve his customers eventually led him to explore saltwater fishing.
09:20 – Pat’s introduction to Rick Murphy came through a connection with Flip Pallot. This meeting proved instrumental in expanding his knowledge of saltwater fishing. Today, Rick Murphy is the host of Sportsman’s Adventures.
15:07 – Pat provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse fishing opportunities in their area. The region also boasts some of the best bass lakes within a 20-minute drive. Pat is well-equipped for these expeditions, thanks to his partnership with VEXUS Boats and Mercury Marine’s Pro team.
19:17 – When it comes to targeting largemouth bass, having access to a boat is crucial, as the fish tend to be in deeper waters. Pat owns a 21-foot VEXUS boat, which he finds to be the perfect fit for pursuing largemouth bass in their part of the world.
22:08 – Pat uses reliable electronics for locating fish, like Minn Kota Humminbird. However, he acknowledges that not everyone may have access to such high-tech equipment, and a good lake map can be incredibly useful in finding fish.
45:00 – Pat says it’s an excellent time for fly fishing in early September, with the water temperatures still warm and the bass active.
48:00 – Pat also shares an interesting technique involving the popper dropper.
56:00 – Pat emphasizes that the choice of rod size depends on the type of flies being used and the size of the fish one anticipates encountering.
1:01:24 – Pat shares a casting technique he developed, resembling an underhand cast, which allows for accurate placement of the fly even in challenging locations.
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Conclusion with Pat Ehlers on Fly Fishing Largemouth Bass
So, there you have it, folks – Pat Ehlers has cast his wisdom into your angler’s net. With his boatload of know-how and legendary patterns, you’re all set to catch those largemouth bass like a pro!