Tis the season for side channels. As yesterday's warm weather burned off yet more high elevation snow we saw another bump in both the Lost and Wood streamflows. If it was not for branches, side channels, forks etc.. it would be tough to be on anything but Silver Creek at the moment. Here's a single frame from a side channel today. Narrow and swift and stuffed with overhanging branches calling for your flies, these side channels are a great challenge for anyone and often can be quite rewarding.