OWEN RIVER LODGE
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Lodge news
September 2009
Mice eating trout !! … Urban myth or truth ?
Mouse eating trout are not an old wives' tale, but an event that happens every five or six years in New Zealand. This is the result of the three species of native beech tree all seeding at the same time, which results in an abundance of available mouse food and the explosion of the mice population.
The mice move their way through the beech forests and regularly cross the rivers in search of more beech seed. Trout, being the opportunist feeders they are, soon tune into the large bundles of protein available to them and have no hesitation in walloping them at every opportunity!
fly fishing on vacation in Murchison New Zealand
If it's a 'mouse year' then expect plenty of brown trout in the 7-9 pound bracket. This huge increase in trout food means that they rapidly gain large amounts of weight - trout can put on 4 pound in a few weeks on this diet!

Generally, one does not use a mouse pattern to catch these leviathans - your normal dry or nymph pattern will do the trick.
Well, last season all three species of native beech trees flowered.
And I'm here to tell you that in the last week or so, I've seen mice in the garden, mice in the sheds – mice everywhere (thankfully not in the lodge!).

The last mouse year was in the 2000-2001 season so another one is overdue!
wild brown trouut in Murchison South Island New Zealand

It's no coincidence that it was during the last "mouse year" in March 2001 that I managed to land my two largest brown trout, 12.5lb and 11.5lb respectively. It's also with a certain amount of pride that I can share with you that these two beauties were caught on the Matakitaki River - which is a mere 20 minute drive from the lodge.
brown trout fly fishing  in the South Island 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
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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 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