February signaled the end of the rain that plagued the region in late December and January. As usual for February the weather was warm and sunny. The river levels quickly dropped from their high state and the fishing got really exciting. There is nothing more exciting than walking up a crystal clear New Zealand river spotting large wild brown trout rising to the surface eating cicadas & blowflies !
I guess it’s most anglers secret ambition to land a “double digit” trout. It can be the culmination of an angler’s life long quest. Now it doesn’t happen every week, but typically, a few times each season (many more during a mouse plague) the Mount Everest of fly fishing grants a few lucky, skillful angler’s their dreams. On the 1st of February, Brandon Edwards from the USA had an unbelievable day landing this stunning 10lb wild New Zealand brown trout. Now Brandon didn’t need to jump into a helicopter to catch his dream fish, he landed this stunning brown on one of our many drive to rivers, indeed you could almost see the road from where Brandon caught his double digit beauty !
Brandon went on to catch this lovely 7lb brown a few minutes later – quite a day at Owen River Lodge ! Whilst staying at ORL, Brandon & his lovely wife Vicki celebrated 10 years of marriage and took the opportunity to renew their wedding vows in a simple ceremony in our gardens.
Each February, we are honored to have Barry & Cathy Beck host a group of traveling anglers from the USA. They choose to stay & fish with us in February because of the reliable summer weather and the terrific dry fly action that terrestrial fishing provides.
Barry & Cathy Beck will be at Owen River Lodge February 9 > 18, 2014. If you would like to join Barry & Cathy Beck at Owen River Lodge, please contact Stew Armstrong @ Frontiers International or send Felix an email !
Robert & Kelli Dotson decided to skip winter in Utah and returned for their second dose of Owen River Lodge fishing. Robert is an accomplished angler, and as you can see quite the photographer too !
South African’s, living in Perth, John & Berit stayed and fished with us in late February. They had such a good time (and great fishing) they returned a week later for a second stay !
Our guests come from all over the world, with an interesting range of backgrounds. From veterinarians from Australia, doctors & surgeons from the USA, CEO’s of telecommunications companies, presidents of International airlines and even the occasional multi billionaire flying to New Zealand in their own jets. Most like the anonymity that Owen River Lodge provides them. March saw Sir Ian & Lady Kath Botham stay with us in between cricket test matches being played in New Zealand. Sir Ian is a very keen angler and loved his time at Owen River Lodge. He was very kind and gave us significant international television publicity as he commentated the cricket.
We are running an Early & Late Season Special Deal – Stay for 5 Nights and Pay for only 4!
This special package is available for accommodation & fishing at Owen River Lodge for the months of October 2013 & April 2014
You get 5 nights of 5 star luxury accommodation, all your meals, use of all our fabulous facilities, use of fly fishing gear – waders, boots, rods/reels & 3 days guided fishing for only NZ $3,500 per person, twin share
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog !
Remember – you are only a stranger once at Owen River Lodge.
Felix, Ryan, Jo, Lillyanne, Amanda, Liz & Sharyn