As the temperatures tick up more and more this spring some of us will venture out for the first time this year.

We will revisit our familiar productive runs and pools. We will once again set up camp along the same dependable gravel bars.

But all the while we will notice the subtle and sometimes not so subtle changes that have taken place over the past several months.

Logjams that once held smallies in late august have now been displaced to form new habitat somewhere down stream. Strong banks have lost the battle and streams have jumped course.

We all notice it, we all adapt and so it goes, the constant evolution of river habitat.

Sabertooth cat (smilodon)

The constant change is one of the reasons I strongly prefer river fishing to some impounded body of water. These almost immeasurable changes along the river remind me that fluctuation and variability are the norm.

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