I've been a member for a long time but haven't posted much and never did introduce myself.
I'm Colin (Sandy) Pittendrigh of Montana Riverboats https://montana-riverboats.com
Now retired. Former software engineer, building contractor, boat builder and fishing guide. Montana Rubber Boats is just a hobby. It's not a real business.
I'm also a fly tier. 99% of the time (or more) I make posts about odd-ball flies I've been working on.
I'm posting this introduction now because I occasionally (not very often) also post links to outside articles about controversial environmental issues with unfortunate culture war side associations, like the recent New York Times article about a world-wide decline in insect populations. That article basically said "insects are declining rapidly but no one knows why. Loss of habitat, pesticides and global warming are possible causes."
I posted that link on the Classic Flyrod Forum a week ago and all hell broke out. Holy cow. It's an interesting piece of writing. Everyone is free to interpret it however they want. That thread ended up "locked" over there I decided to take a powder from that forum. The same thing happened to me 5 years ago at faol.
I do not post links like that often but I do occasionally. Construction workers like me do have a tendency to say what ever it is I'm thinking about without worrying about being politically correct.
What's it like here in this neck of the woods? Am I free to be me or should I take a powder now?