I have made my decision. I want to hike in a long ways to get past all the weaklings, but I can't go so far that it takes a full day to get there. With that in mind I'm going to stick with the original plan with a small tweak. My coworker suggested to hike in along the Lostine river up to Minam Lake and to fish the river along the way.
I will be hiking in probably about 8 or 9 miles up past Minam Lake and down the other side of the basin to fish the Minam River. Word has it holds some serious fish. I'm hoping to add a new species to my list: bull trout. But don't tell the authorities because they're protected and you're not really supposed to target them. I won't target them but I might get lucky anyway.
Of course there will be a post-trip posting coming to you all next weekend probably.
Hopefully everyone else out there has some similar fun plans for the holiday weekend. Enjoy!