Monday through Wednesday this week and friend Dan Pebbles and I floated the Deschutes from Trout Creek to Maupin. It was a great trip. It was hot, the river looked great, and the bugs were everywhere. We caught so many fish on the surface it was almost boring. They were uniformly healthy looking. Fat 14” to 16” fish were common, a few were measured at 18” plus/minus, a size that used to be unusual. The only problem with the float was the guide hatch. What a crowd! Seriously, there should be a much smaller limit. The cougar in camp early Wednesday morning was a new one for me, fortunately no damage was done. Of course, the lower D is a controversial and emotional issue for many. There’s still time to sign up for the annual Fisheries Workshop and get the latest science to form your own informed opinion.