If you haven't fished the Deschutes, you need to put it on your list. It is hard to explain, but there is just something about winding down into the canyon to hunt for those hard fighting redsides. It is a special river, and fishing it on the immediate heels of the Crooked added some flavor. The two rivers couldn't be more different. The Crooked is small, with grayish tinged waters and an intimate feel. I spent the late afternoon on the crooked swinging soft hackles and could cover the entire river with ease. The Deschutes is big...a brawler with huge heavy currents and deep ledges and pockets. Near Mecca the river has a different character but around Maupin (where we fished today) the D is a brute.