Recent news & Articles

ORL Women only luxury fly fishing retreat - April 2020!

May 09, 2019

Normally at this time of year we’d be winding down and looking forward to a break—especially after the super-busy season we’ve just had—but we’re really excited about this latest development and can’t wait to share it. In April 2020 we’re hosting a six night/five day luxury fly fishing retreat exclusively for women… Read more

2019 was a great season. 2020 could be extraordinary

April 20, 2019

I’ve been fishing New Zealand for 23 years now and operating the Lodge for 16 of them, so I feel reasonably well-qualified to assess the health of our fishery. And take it from me—I’ve never seen our brown trout in such great shape. Even after our long, hot summer—one of the driest summers on record—the fish have maintained… Read more

Why fly fish New Zealand ?

February 22, 2019

Why fly fish New Zealand ? Why do people come from all over the world to fly fish New Zealand—a little country tucked away at the bottom of most global maps (if it’s even included at all)? As with most questions in life, the answer is made up of many parts. Clarity of the water New Zealand rivers, especially those in the… Read more

Casting for Recovery @ Owen River Lodge 2019 : Special April Package

February 15, 2019

For the past 7 years, we have donated the lodge to Casting for Recovery for their Upper South Island retreat. This season we are upping the ante ! In addition to offering lodging for the event, we are offering to donate $500 per person for any new booking of 5 nights or more for stays between April 1st and… Read more

Owen River Lodge wins prestigious NZ Tourism award !

September 08, 2018

We really hoped for it but we certainly didn’t expect it! Last night, Owen River Lodge became the first fishing lodge in the country to win at the New Zealand Tourism Awards. I accepted the 2018 Westpac Business Excellence Award on behalf… Read more

All the questions you have about fly fishing in New Zealand, but were afraid to ask !

May 18, 2018

In this blog I shall attempt to answer all the questions about fly fishing in New Zealand - well at least some of them ! Firstly an overview of New Zealand ! New Zealand is a very small country, packed with ever changing geography, friendly people and some of the clearest rivers & largest trout you will ever encounter.… Read more

Owen River Lodge - offically NZ's most highly accredited fishing lodge

May 02, 2018

Great news! I am delighted to announce that Qualmark, the independent accommodation agency wholly owned by Tourism New Zealand, has just awarded Owen River Lodge its prestigious Luxury Lodge certification. This is the highest level of certification in New Zealand. Qualmark has also given us a Gold Sustainable Tourism… Read more

Casting for Recovery 2018

April 30, 2018

The last weekend of the fishing season was again taken up by the brilliant women from the Casting for Recovery charity. This was the 6th year we have donated Owen River Lodge to host the CFR South Island retreat. The retreat kicked off late Friday afternoon and went through to mid afternoon Sunday. There were 10 participants,… Read more

Preparing for your trip to New Zealand

March 17, 2018

For some a fly fishing trip to the South Island of New Zealand is a once in a lifetime event; for many of our guests it’s an annual pilgrimage. In either case there are two things you can do to maximise your fishing success and hopefully also your enjoyment. Practice your casting If there was one thing I would recommend… Read more

So you want to be a fly fishing guide ?

March 06, 2018

Owen River Lodge is one of New Zealand’s premier fishing lodges. We are seeking to take on 1 or possibly 2 interns, so they may learn from the very best guides in the business and hopefully become full time members of our guiding team. Owen River Lodge will help perfect your fly fishing techniques. Being a good fly… Read more

Peter Morse @ Owen River Lodge

November 25, 2017

Internationally renowned fly fishing angler, Master Casting Instructor, Sage & RIO Ambassador, author, photographer (and all round good guy), Peter Morse will be in house hosting an event @ Owen River Lodge: Sunday March 18 to Saturday March 24. Come and learn from one of the best in the fly fishing business at Owen River… Read more

What is New Zealand style fly fishing?

March 15, 2017

New Zealand is blessed with clear rivers and large resident trout. This unique set of circumstances means the angler needs to adapt their fishing style to suit the environment and quarry. Owen River Lodge is located near Murchison at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, this region receives a huge amount of rainfall (around… Read more

Early season fishing sees fantastic results !

October 24, 2016

If the first 3 weeks of the season are anything to go by; then season 2016 / 17 may go down as one of the very best yet. The wild browns caught have mostly been in very good condition, having lived through a reasonably benign winter. Melbournian Jason stayed at the lodge and fished with us for his second time in mid October.… Read more

10 best fly-fishing lodges in the world

October 05, 2016

Gear Patrol is an award-winning digital, social and print publication that reaches nearly two million readers per month have rated Owen River Lodge as one of the10 best fly-fishing lodges in the whole world ! We are the only New Zealand based fly fishing lodge in their list of the top 10. Read… Read more

Implementation of Back Country Fisheries

August 17, 2016

Fish & Game, the organisation tasked with managing the New Zealand freshwater fishery, have designated some of the rivers we fish with a back county fishery designation. Namely the Goulter, Travers, Karamea & Mokihinui river systems. In order to fish these rivers, anglers will need a back country endorsement. Anglers… Read more

Feb 24 2019

My return trip to fly fishing paradise AKA Owen River Lodge! I have traveled New Zealand extensively over 40 years in pursuit of large trout and there’s a reason I keep… Read more

Robert T Chicago USA : TripAdvisor

May 2 2018

We are planning our 7th trip to ORL! Felix and staff have become dear friends, and we count down to our trip each year! The accommodations are first class, the food top notch,… Read more

Katie; Texas USA : Google review

Awards & acknowledgements

Owen River Lodge NZ: “Fly fishing at its very best”

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