Paradise trashed

Once little-known public lands gems are falling victim to throngs of unethical outdoor goers
Photo: Chris Hunt

For the first time ever, I called a law enforcement officer for the U.S. Forest Service to report some significant vandalism on public lands managed by the Forest Service in eastern Idaho.

Everybody has a breaking point. I reached mine last week when, while driving out of McCoy Creek on the Caribou National Forest, I noticed that a rock face had been defaced by some love-struck moron who scribed, in bright white paint, a big heart followed by the name of his sweetheart — “Cathy.”

Lucky girl.

Review: Skwala Carbon waders

Stellar, innovative performance at a reasonable price
Photo: Spencer Durrant

In my previous reviews of Skwala gear, I’ve made no attempt to hide how much I love what this company is doing. They’re new, as of 2022, with just a few products. But a number of the items they have on the market are head-and-shoulders above much of their competition, and I particularly love what that means for anglers. When one company sets the bar this high, the rest will try to become the top dog. For us anglers, that means we end up with better gear.

Review: Montana Brothers Rodworks 904 and 904L fly rods

Every so often a fly rod comes along that’s a step—or three—above the competition
Photo: Ken Takata

There are some fantastic fast-action rods out there. Rods that excel at throwing heavy flies through a stiff wind on a saltwater flat, or launching a weighted nymph and indicator, or slinging a three-fly Euro-rig. However, if you enjoy dry flies and rising trout; if the sheer pleasure of casting a fly rod is part of the reward, then you must check out the new Montana Brothers Rodworks 904.