Fly Fishing The Minam River Oregon
The Minam River starts from Blue Lake and flows for
about fifty miles mostly through the Eagle Cap
Wilderness. It joins the Wallowa River not far north of
Minam. Almost the entire river, or 39 miles of it, is a
designated Wild and Scenic River. Best of all, the rules
permit only flies and artificial lures. Only the lower nine
miles of the river has road access. The rest requires
hiking or horseback trips to fish its waters. There are
remote lodges that have fly in services.
The headwaters flow from the highest mountains in the
Eagle Cap Wilderness at a very steep decline. The river
finally levels some to flow through a timbered valley and
then into a rugged canyon. Fly fishing the Minam River
would be a wonderful experience even if you didn't catch
a trout. It's one more beautiful river surrounded by
country That's nothing short of splendid. Anglers will
catch plenty of trout; however, because the river has a
very good population of wild trout.
Access to the lower nine miles from Minam to Meads Flat
is easy from along a road that follows the entire section.
Above Meads Flat, a hiking trail runs along the river for
forty miles to its headwaters. Minam River Lodge is
about eight miles upstream from the trailhead.
The river can be fished prior to the runoff for a short
time during some years, but otherwise, it's usually about
the middle of July before the runoff subsides.
The season runs from May 27 through October 31
Late Spring can be okay for rainbows depending on the
runoff and weather.
Summertime is the best time for rainbow trout fishing.
Early Fall is usually very good.
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|Type of Stream
Steelhead (fishing prohibited)
Rainbow Trout (Wild)
Brown Trout (Wild)
Brook Trout (Wild)
Bull Trout (Native)
Chinook Salmon (fishing prohibited)
Small to Medium, 50 miles long
May 27 to October 31
Lower section good, upper section
requires long hikes or horseback trips
State of Oregon
National Weather Service
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