Learn to fly fish like a pro at Owen River Lodge’s Fly Fishing school

September 20, 2021

By Felix Borenstein



Here’s a quick survey with only one question:

Why are you interested in fly fishing?

A. You like wearing waders.
B. You enjoy standing in rivers for hours and then going home.
C. You dream of making the perfect cast; catching a fast, fat, wily trout; getting your photo taken with it to show off to your friends; giving the fish a farewell kiss; and then releasing it back into the wild.
D. You figure it’s really easy to master. We’re just talking about dumb fish, after all.

If you answered “D”, best of luck. If you answered “A” or “B”, fair enough; you probably don’t need to read on. But if you answered “C”, we can definitely help make that dream come true.

Introducing Learn to Fly Fish School

Owen River Lodge, a luxury boutique fishing lodge just 90 minutes south of Nelson, is hosting a 3 night/2 day Learn to Fly Fish School in November and it’s going to be cool as hell.
You’ll get the same personalised attention and expert coaching that have won us a raft of national awards. You’ll learn a lot. You’ll have fun. You may even get hooked on angling. We certainly hope so because there are only so many skilled fly fishers to go around, and those big old fish aren’t going to catch themselves.

Professional fly-fishing instruction from a multi-award-winning team

Our friendly fishing guides and FFI-certified casting instructor will start by teaching you to cast if you’re a beginner, or show you how to improve your technique if you have a little experience.
Then you’ll spend two days learning to fly fish in our wonderful streams.
Every evening, our guides will teach you about:

• the physics of casting
• stream entomology
• fly selection
• river craft
• fly tying
• knot tying

AND they’ll be entertaining with it.

Not only will you learn the basics of fly fishing, you’ll be treated to some of New Zealand’s finest food and wine, and be spoilt with unpretentious, friendly service and stunning accommodations.
Bring a friend or we’ll pair you up with a new friend!

Owen River Lodge Learn to Fly Fish School schedule

26 November 2021–29 November 2021: 3 nights and 2 days leaning to fly fish

Arrive late afternoon Friday 26 November 2021
Fly fishing school will start after dinner and continue with casting lessons Saturday morning. The majority of Saturday and Sunday will be spent on the water. Each evening, our guides will share their knowledge and experience with you in a fun environment.
Depart : Monday morning, in time to get back to work

Cost : $2,345 per person (incl. GST), twin share
This includes your accommodation in one of our luxury guest cottage suites; all meals, i.e. pre-dinner canapés, stunning three-course dinners cooked English breakfasts, picnic lunches, Neudorf and Craggy Range house wines with meals, beer; Wi-Fi; the use of all lodge facilities including all fly fishing equipment; and expert tuition and guiding with one of our fly-fishing guides.

Register now to reserve your place
Places on our Learn to Fly Fish School are strictly limited, so register now by calling us 03 523 9075 or send us an email fish@owenriverlodge.co.nz

Life’s too short not to know how to fly fish—see you in school!

News Flash - We are doing it again !

The learn to fly fish weekend was such a success, we are doing it again !

28–31 January 2022

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Jan 19 2020

Sunny Summer Sweetness at Owen River Lodge! My husband and I enjoyed a three night, two day visit recently at ORL. We are repeat visitors and it just….keeps…..getting…..better!… Read more

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Mar 14 2020

Absolutely FABULOUS! There are simply not enough superlatives to describe our 6-night, 4-day fishing stay at Owen River Lodge (ORL)! Felix, Kylie and each one of their accomplished… 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

Email: stay@owenriverlodge.co.nz