Highlights of December 2012 > January 2013 Fishing

December heralds the start of Summer in New Zealand. Traditionally, summer sees river levels dropping, long sunny days, warm temperatures and the sound of cicadas fill the air. Well, that’s how December 2012 started !

Howard & Huon from Sydney returned to New Zealand and Owen River Lodge for some early summer fly fishing. This was Howard’s 7th trip to Owen River Lodge & Huon’s 3rd stay with us. They were greeted by some exceptional fishing; landing 35 brown trout in their 5 days of fishing with Greg their guide.

Fly Fishing brown trout New Zealand, fishing lodge New Zealand

Howard stayed with us in December, that makes it 7 seasons in a row !

Huon Hooke

Howard’s mate, famous Australian wine writer and Judge – Huon Hooke

Greg & Susan stayed and fly fished with us for a week in mid December. Greg had a HUGE time fly fishing for sighted brown trout in our local rivers, landing 32 browns in his 6 days of guided fishing – the largest weighing in at 7 lb.

Fly fishing New Zealand

Greg from the USA, with one of the many brown’s he landed

Fishing lodge, South Island, New Zealand

Greg strikes again !

We had a visit from the Australian fishing television host Paul Worsteling who, with his crew filmed 2 episodes for their television show iFish. The first aired on Australian TV in May, with the second episode due to be broadcast on Channel 10 in early August !

Paul Worsteling, iFish TV, Fishing, New Zealand

Weather being the constant unpredictable factor it is, caused our long hot summer to go into hibernation on Christmas day when it started to rain and rain and rain ! It basically didn’t stop raining for more than a day or two until the end of January ! Its a tribute to our fishing guides and their expertise, that through all the rain (and floods) we experienced during this time – our guests still caught fish !

Fly Fishing lodge, South Island, New Zealand, Murchison

Curtis, an American living in Paris, stayed with us for his 5th visit. This shot is of Curtis fishing a high country lake – spectacular scenery & fish !

In between all the rain of January, we did have some very good fishing. Curtis had an unbelievable day fishing one of our west coast rivers landing 20 browns (yes 20 !) between 4 > 6 lb…

819411_10151177981525834_1550559399_oTom & Meg from Australia, stayed with us for their 5th visit. Meg was suffering from a bad back, so Tom got to do all the fishing having some fantastic wilderness fishing

Fly fishing, New Zealand, fishing lodgeTexan’s, John & Katie stayed with us 2 seasons ago as part of their honeymoon in New Zealand, they enjoyed their stay so much they payed us a return visit and we are happy to say, they have already re-booked to join us again in January 2014.

Fishing New Zealand, fly fishing lodge

John & Katie

Fly Fishing lodge, South Island, New Zealand, Murchison

Katie with a stunning 6lb+ brown caught just above the lodge

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

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