Hi. My name is Eric Frohmberg. My wife (Selene Dumaine) and I started this podcast, well, for lots of reasons. One of which is to help you gain an appreciation for the wonderful complex world in which trout live.
For years in my youth I studied entomology - the study of insects. I fully intended to become a taxonomist studying the group of moths known as Geometridae - you know them as inchworms. Among other things I learned that may be the most unemployable field on the planet. Hence my professional life took a turn towards environmental toxicology (another fascinating field) where I make my bread and butter.
I have fished most of my adult life, but honestly, while I knew entomology was important to fishing, I really didn't put the effort into linking my entomological past to my fishing. Sure, I probably knew more than the average turnip - I could recognize insects by sight when I would see them on the stream, but I did not think about them systematically as they relate to fishing.
So, for various reasons my wife encouraged me to produce this podcast. As this developed it became clear a blog would be useful as well - some place to show some pictures of these critters we talk about and show the techniques we use to study them.
Selene Dumaine is my supercool wife. She is a famous fly tier who has owned a couple of fly shops and is a registered Maine guide. You can check out what she is up to and order her flies at www.selenedumaine.com. Her specialty has been tying the streamers of Carrie Stevens - including doing so viceless like Carrie tied them. She has been looking for new outlets for her creativity, however, and she's been tying new patterns for some of these critters I've been discussing. You'll hear about and see her patterns as we go through the podcast.