Review of October & November Early Fishing Season 2012

Early season fishing is an incredibly underrated time of the year to fish the top of the south region of the South Island of New Zealand. A big statement I hear you ask – well I’m here to tell you why!

The vast majority of the rivers in this region are closed all winter (1st May through to the end of September) this means that the usually weary browns are a little easier to catch as they haven’t seen an angler for 5 months. Speaking of which, early season fishing also means significantly less anglers on the rivers than in the peak of our season (Summer – December > mid March). October sees the days getting warmer and longer, this translates to warmer water temperatures and an increase in insect activity.

Although October started off with a little rain, the weather stabilised and the days grew warmer. Sunny days saw mayfly hatches on the majority of our streams. This resulted in our guests landing between 30 > 40 % of their catches on dry flies. Classic flies like the Parachute Adams and standard Adams were deadly.

Two South African mates – Wayne & Darryl had 3 sensational guided fishing days with us in late October using Lindsay as their guide. In 3 days they hooked 27 browns, landing 17 of them to 7.5lb. Almost 1/2 were taken on drys!

Early season is an ideal time to come to New Zealand and learn the gentle art of Fly Fishing. Wayne & Vicki from Melbourne stayed and learnt to fly fish with us in mid October. As you can see from the photos below – they both succeeded!

South Australian, Panteli, stayed with us in mid November. His 2 days of guided fishing saw him land 16 browns to 7lb – 1/3 of his catch on dry fly!

Early season can see higher catch rates than summer, with many of our early season guests landing 8 or more browns in a day!

Early Special Deal – Stay for 5 Nights and Pay for only 4!

This special package is available for accommodation & fishing at Owen River Lodge for the month of October 2013.
You get 5 nights of 5 star luxury accommodation, all your meals, use of all our fabulous facilities, use of fly fishing gear – waders, boots, rods/reels & 3 days guided fishing for only NZ $3,500 per person, twin share.

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Feb 5 2016

Having just returned from ORL for my third season of fishing there, I can only reaffirm that this place is fabulous! Felix remains the absolute star, advising on my angling… Read more

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Feb 11 2017

After travelling the world for over 40 years nothing comes close to “Owen River Lodge” Felix and his team delivered way above expectation on all fronts. The food, accommodation,… Read more

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Awards & acknowledgements

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

Ph: +64 3 523 9075 Address: Owen Valley East Road, Murchison, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand