Lostline River Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Lostine River Oregon
The Lostine River is a 30 mile long tributary of the
Wallowa River in northeastern Oregon. Its
headwaters flow from a section of the Eagle Cap
Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains in the Wallowa–
Whitman National Forest. It joins the Wallowa River
at Wallowa, Oregon.

A 5 mile segment just below the river's source of
water at Minam Lake is designated "Wild" by the
state of Oregon. The next 16 miles of the Lostine
River is classified as "Wild and Scenic". The lower 11
miles of the is classified as "recreational". The river
holds a good population of small red band rainbow
trout and brook trout. Bull trout also inhibit the
Lostine River waters but are protected. Fly fishing
the Lostine River is usually a lot of fun because the
action is fast and a lot of trout can be caught.

The uppermost section is approximately twelve miles
long and consist of the flow from Minam Lake and the
East Fork of the Lostine River. Both branches fall at
a steep decline resulting in some fast pocket water.
This section is accessible from a good trail but
difficult to access from the trail in areas.

Much of the section downstream of the wilderness
boundary lies on the Wallowa - Whitman National
Forest property and is accessible from Lostine River
Road that follows along the stream. Naturally, it is
fished more than the wilderness section. There are
trials that lead to the sections not along the road.

The last fourteen miles of the Lostine River flows
through private property consisting of ranches and
farms. Access requires permission for most all of this
section. It is bordered closely by roads and
highways. This section consist of slower moving
water with some larger size rainbow trout.

This river is at its best after runoff from near the end
of June through the Fall months.
Spring can be okay in areas prior to the runoff but it
usually last through most of the month of June.
Fly fishing the Lostine River is good throughout the
Early Fall is a good time to fish the river.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Redband Rainbow Trout (Wild)
Bull Trout (Native)
Brook Trout (Wild)

Small to Medium

Northeast Oregon

Nearest Towns

May 27 through Oct. 31

Good - Hiking required to reach the
upper section of the river

Non-Resident License
State of Oregon

National Weather Service

USGS Stream Flow Data:
Near Lostine

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Lostine River Oregon
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