Angler’s Entomology

Another endeavor- so you think all I do is streamers, but I love bugs too.  A renewed passion for my husband, Eric Frohmberg, is entomology and he has a podcast that is doing very well.  ANGLER’S ENTOMOLOGY is purposed to make learning about the science of bugs accessible to anglers via a monthly podcast and blog.  Listen to it through your favorite source for podcasts.  It has a great reviews on i-Tunes.  You can check out the website blog here with show notes and photos.

I may post here when I do more buggy stuff than streamers.  Posted below are videos and photos that were taken over the winter when we were doing lots of research for the podcast and generally playing in streams like kids.

Like when we went to a stream in Wayne, Maine and we found cress bugs where we weren’t expecting them so I went home and created the I-Selene-opod fly to represent the colors of the living ones that we found.


Iseleneopod-originated and tied by Selene Dumaine

We are using a seine net here to collect on Mill Stream in Readfield, Maine.




Look at all of the bugs we found in Mill Stream on that cold winter day!

You have to love watching this little black fly larva move by anchoring.



I was astounded at the smallness of the scud and how clear the body was.  I have not been very successful in recreating these characteristics in a fly pattern.  I have experimented with uv cures with moderate success, but not enough to want to production tie them.

IMG_2278Freshwater scud from Wayne, Maine Feb. 2017

I loved watching the process of this dragonfly hatch with the irony of another nymph crawling by.  The process was described in the podcast regarding the parallel I admired between the hatching in slow motion compared to a mayfly on water.





Eric’s catch of the year- it was big enough to be mounted- a male dobsonfly about 5 inches in length


Patterns that link to the Angler’s Entomology Beatles episode:


It was hard for me to believe what a diving beatle larva look like or that fish eat them.  It took some convincing from Eric, but I truly was won over and created The Suspender to mimic the living creatures that awkwardly bend themselves backward into the current from vegetation to find their own food source in the current.  Tis fly is to suspend from the surface near the same vegetation that the bugs would be found and similar to where trout would hide in those lovely undercut banks that we love to fish. I absolutely can not wait to cast this fly in the spring. We have water tested The Suspender at home and the design works nicely with the weight near the eyes drawing the bend of the hook under the surface while the cdc puff keeps it buoyant.  Field test 2019 report to follow……..






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