OWEN RIVER LODGE
NEWS AND REVIEWS
November 2010
The new season has well and truly begun. Thankfully, we are having our busiest early season ever with the added bonus of having lots of repeat guests visiting us.

The lead up to the season opening was very wet, with September recording one of the highest rainfalls for decades. Our October was one of the driest in recent memory, with lots of sunny days and many well-conditioned brown trout caught.

The fish caught thus far have all been in very good -excellent condition, with anglers catching as many as 12 browns in one day.

Our first guests for the season were Michael & Karen from Tasmania. They were staying with us to celebrate Michael’s 40th birthday. Thankfully the fish cooperated with Michael and he had a fantastic trip catching over 20 cunning brown trout – up to 8lb !

Typically for early season, we have had a good mix of fish caught on dry flies. With a number of our local streams producing good hatches around the middle of the day. The 8.75lb beauty pictured below was caught on a size 12 Adams. Steve the guide and John from NSW watched it smashing mayflys off the surface …
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
Tom and Joe from Melbourne who stayed & fished with us several seasons ago decided to pay us a return visit. They were guided by Lindsay and landed several quality “big fish”
Fishing for trout New Zealand South Island
Fishing for trout New Zealand South Island
It’s always a delight to welcome back good friends Wayne & David from NSW. November 1 saw them return for their 5th visit to Owen River Lodge!
Fishing for trout New Zealand South Island
Fishing for trout New Zealand South Island
Whilst David & Wayne were here, we also had the pleasure of Ned & Tish returning for their 3rd fix of Owen River Lodge hospitality.
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
Mid November saw John from rural Victoria return for his 4th visit to Owen River Lodge. John had a sensational trip landing his biggest brown trout ever, which weighed in at a touch over 8lb. He had another great day fishing the Owen from right outside the lodge landing 9 browns from 4 > 6lb.
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
Jim from Hawaii had a fantastic 4 days of sighted fishing to our brown trout. He landed many fish was rewarded on his last day with a 9lb+ brown.
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
Remember – you’re only a stranger once at Owen River Lodge
Felix, Ryan, Lillyanne, Louise & Liz
Lodge news archive
Accolades
Articles and reviews of Owen River Lodge
Modern Fishing – February 2011
The editor of Australia’s Modern Fishing magazine reviewed Owen River Lodge & our fishery.
(This review is in PDF format 1.15 Mb)
The Fly Fisher Magazine – September 2010
Cathy & Barry Beck review Owen River Lodge
(This review is in PDF format 0.49 Mb)
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
(This review is in PDF format 894 kb – right mouse click and 'Save Target As' to your local hard disk)
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
Guest reviews
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Owen River Lodge has a 5 star quality rating from New Zealand tourism quality agency Qualmark
Owen River Lodge
New Zealand’s 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