In 2008, Missoula, Montana, fly-fishing guide Dave Micus saw a photo in Outside that he found so awful, he was compelled to write us. “That guy is throwing a horrendous backcast,” he emailed in reference to the image, which ran in a story about Caribbean adventures. “His loop is big enough to drive a truck through.” A few days later, he received the box we’d sent him with our reply. “All I expected was a cheesy hat, but I found an $800 Orvis Helios rod,” recalls Micus, 57. He soon sent us a photo of himself with his new rod in front of his 1968 VW Bus and a note that read: “Now I have a rod that’s worth more than my car!” Alas, the rod is no more: In 2009, Micus moved to Saudi Arabia to work for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Before leaving he traded it in for a nine-weight saltwater rig to fish on the Red Sea. We forgive you, Dave.