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.
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.
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 !
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 !
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…
Texan’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.
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Felix, Ryan, Jo, Lillyanne, Amanda, Liz & Sharyn