It was a wild winter in Colorado. Snow thundered down avalanche paths and altered the landscape in dramatic ways. Forests disrupted. Rivers moved. We have spent plenty of days walking the forks of the Cimarron River as they enter Silver Jack Reservoir in the Cimarron Range of Southwest Colorado. It is one of our go-to places for fishing joy. We know it well.
Correction. We knew it well. All the usual bends and pools of the East Fork were gone. The river dramatically moved and morphed this spring. The bank where the reliable deep bend had been was eroded and and the river ran shallow while a new channel dropped aggressively over river rock. It was as if we walked an entirely new stream, not one we had memorized. And that is a very exciting and wonderful thing. Nature is full of surprises. We will be happy to keep discovering them.