Who’s Pat?

Pat Ehlers, Owner, The Fly Fishers

Pat grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and started fly fishing as a kid in the early 70’s. His dad was from the Upper Peninsula and spent many weeks fishing the trout streams, lakes, and rivers in the U.P. and the bordering areas of Wisconsin.

Pat Ehlers opened his fly shop, The Fly Fishers, in 1988. He has been a teacher in fly-fishing schools and classes and has given seminars for events and organizations around the country. He is a past advisory board member of AFFTA, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. Pat has worked as a rod designer for Echo Fly Rods and hosts numerous fishing trips every year through his fly shop. 

Currently, Pat Ehlers is a fly designer and consultant for Rainy’s Flies of Logan, UT, and has designed fly tying tools for Renzetti Fly Tying Tools. He is also a member of their Legacy Fly Tying Team. Pat has guided throughout the Great Lakes as well as Montana and Alaska. He has appeared in numerous TV shows throughout the country; both regionally and nationally. He is also a member of the Scientific Anglers’ Ambassador Team. He is a pro staff member for the following companies: Mercury Marine, Vexus Boats, Minn-Kota and Humminbird, Engel Coolers, and Anglers Edge Marine, his sponsoring boat dealer. Pat is a member of the NPAA, the National Professional Anglers Association. 

Pat has appeared in many TV shows as well as many podcasts over the years. He has written for several magazines and continues to write for American Fly Fishing magazine. He has contributed chapters to several Pat Ford books, who is a noted fishing photographer.

What are your favorite fishing locations? 

My fishing has taken me throughout the United States as well as many international destinations. There are so many different destinations that offer so many different experiences that it’s hard to decide my favorite. Argentina is definitely in the top 3. To be able to fish golden dorado, an absolutely incredible gamefish, and on the same trip fish trout as if you were fishing in Montana 100 years ago is special.”

What are your most memorable fishing experiences?

As for actual catching experiences, nothing compares to the trip to the Yucatan where my son Jared, who also works in the shop, and I each caught 2 Grand Slams including 3 permit each in a week of fishing. Then there was catching a 48” pike on a fly in Alaska with my son Jared guiding him when Jared had just started his guiding career.”

“However, if I couldn’t travel anymore to all of these destinations, it would be ok, as my home state of Wisconsin has so many opportunities I’d be completely happy staying in Wisconsin.”


Awards & Honors

  • USMC 1st Marine Division Wisconsin Chapter Recognition Award

  • Wisconsin Smallmouth Alliance Outstanding Service Award

  • FFF Certified Fly Casting Examiner

  • United States Coast Guard Captain

  • Milwaukee Project Healing Waters Recognition Award

  • Badger Fly Fishers Joan & Lee Wull Conservation Leadership Award

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