OWEN RIVER LODGE
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Lodge news
December 2009
My last newsletter was all about mice eating trout. Well, I can now confirm that the trout have certainly been feeding away on our enlarged mice population. All the fishing guides that work with the lodge are reporting that the "average" fish is 20 to 30% bigger than one would normally expect. Now this isn't happening in all our rivers, but it's certainly happening in a significant number of them.
The season is a mere 8 weeks old and all the fishing records for the lodge have been blown out of the water. We have had more double digit (The magic 10lb mark) fish caught so far this season than all other seasons combined.
Tom & Regan from Portland stayed with us in mid November. They had what can only be described as 3 magical days fishing, setting a lodge record that may stay in place for many a year.
Between them they landed 7 fish in the 5 to 6lb range, 2 at 8.lb+, 3 at 9lb, 2 at 10lb+ and on the last day Regan landed an absolute monster at 12.5lb.
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
fly fishing vacation in Murchison, South Island, New Zealand
Enormous trout caught fly fishing on vacation in New Zealand
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
At the same time we had the delightful Nick stay with us for 10 days of action packed fishing. Nick is an Englishman, living in Austria, who also fulfilled the double digit dream by landing a stunning wilderness caught 10lb brown.
Trout caught fly fishing at lodge in Murchison New Zealand
fishing lodge vacation in Murchison New Zealand
brown trout caught on fly fishing vacation in Murchison New Zealand
David & Wayne from NSW made it 4 seasons in a row with their early season November stay with us. David landed his largest brown to date at a tad over 8lb.
fly fishing in Murchison New Zealand
trout caught fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
Long time fishing buddies Ian & Michael from Australia spent a week with us recently and Michael landed this slippery 8lb brownie.
brown trout caught in Murchison New Zealand
South Island New Zealand fly fishing for trout
Bill & Dan from the USA also had some luck in the Owen River landing these 2 browns.
Brown trout Murchison New Zealand
fly fishing for brown trout New Zealand
Herby travelled the least distance to fish at the lodge – he's based in Christchurch. Herby landed this lovely 7.5lb trout just up the river from the Lodge in the Owen River.
Trout caught in Owen River
Professor Ned & his delightful partner Tish (Kiwis living in Australia) visited us for their second taste of Owen River Lodge fishing. Ned has also entered the lofty heights of the 10lb club with this behemoth.
ten pound brown trout Murchison New Zealand
Remember you are a stranger only once at Owen River Lodge.
Felix, Jude, Lillyanne, Louise, Bronwyn & Mandy
Lodge news archive
Accolades
Articles and reviews of Owen River Lodge
Fish & Fly Magazine 2008
Owen River Lodge featured in the USA Fish & Fly magazine's annual travel special edition
(This review is in PDF format 1.73 Mb- right mouse click and 'Save Target As' to your local hard disk)
The Flyfisher magazine
The Flyfisher's review of the Lodge- July 2007
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Club Marine Australia
Club Marine's article about the Lodge and the fishing- 2007
(This review is in PDF format 2 Mb - right mouse click and 'Save Target As' to your local hard disk)
The Flyfisher magazine
The Flyfisher's review of the lodge and the early season fishery – July 2007
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Freshwater Fishing Australia
Bill Classon reviews his trip to Owen River Lodge in 2005 for Freshwater Fishing Australia
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Millbrook Lakes Lodge
Dash Laver – Head guide from Millbrook Lakes Lodge reports on his recent visit to the Lodge – October 2004
FlyLife Magazine
Fly Life’s review of the Lodge and the “Top of the South” region of New Zealand– July 2004
Luxury Travel Magazine
Luxury Travel Magazine names Owen River Lodge in their "2005 A-List of Travel: The World's Best New Hotels"
Luxury Travel magazine (Australian 2006 Spring edition) named Owen River Lodge in their “Top 20” luxury fishing resorts of the world
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Owen River Lodge has a 5 star quality rating from New Zealand tourism quality agency Qualmark
Owen River Lodge
New Zealandís finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge
Owen Valley East Road, Murchison
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 523 9075
stay@owenriverlodge.co.nz