Learn to Fly Fish School is back in March 2022 !

December 04, 2021

By Felix Borenstein



We promised the 10 newbie anglers who attended our inaugural Learn to Fly Fish School in November that it would be “cool as hell”—and it seems they agreed.

Dan certainly liked it. Here’s a snippet from his Trip Advisor review:

“We were paired with Chris, who was our fishing guide for the weekend. Not only did he share his amazing knowledge but he also gave me hundreds of tips and tricks to keep working on.This is not only a great hobby, but an experience you will treasure for years to come! I can’t wait to come and stay again!”

There were couples. There were siblings. There were mates. They all came to Owen River Lodge to learn how to fly fish Despite their inexperience. Despite the less-than-perfect weather, they all learned heaps, they all had fun and some wild New Zealand brown trout were caught too !

So we called that an amazing result… and decided we’d had so much fun that we wanted to do it all again. We’ve fine-tuned the programme because we’re crazy perfectionists (that’s why we’re the most-awarded fishing lodge in New Zealand). But we’re not changing the cost. Nope. That’s staying exactly the same.

Learn to Fly Fish School at a glance

• 3 nights/2 days of personalised, expert fly-fishing coaching over 18 > 21 March 2022
• Your host: Owen River Lodge, a luxury fishing lodge 90 minutes south of Nelson
• World-class accommodation and cuisine, stunning setting, friendly and approachable service

How you’ll learn to fly fish like a pro

Step 1: Rock up to Owen River Lodge and be welcomed like royalty. Bring a friend or we’ll pair you up with a new friend!
Step 2: Learn to cast, or improve your casting technique with our expert guides and FFI-certified casting instructor.
Step 3: Spend the next two days putting your new-found skills to the test in our streams.
Step 4: Make the most of all the Lodge facilities on offer. Spend the evenings in the company of your fellow guests while our guides entertain and inform you about:

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

Step 5: Go home feeling like a fly fishing superstar.

The fishing guides were so helpful and willing to share their years of knowledge with us. Our guide Paul looked after us old fellows so well and put us onto some great trout.
A wonderful stay and worth every cent.
Happy Fisherman on Trip Advisor

Owen River Lodge Learn to Fly Fish School schedule

18 March 2022–21 March 2022: 3 nights and 2 days leaning to fly fish

Arrive mid to late afternoon Friday 18 March 2022
Fly fishing school will start with a casting lesson, delivered by Kylie, New Zealand’s only female certified casting Instructor on the Friday afternoon and then continue after dinner. The majority of Saturday and Sunday will be spent on the water. Each evening, our wonderful fishing guides will share their knowledge and experience with you in a fun environment.
Depart : The morning of Monday 21 March, 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, a three-course dinner, cooked English breakfast, picnic lunch, Neudorf and Craggy Range house wines with meals, beer; Wi-Fi; the use of all lodge facilities including our 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 to 10 people, so register now by calling us on 03 523 9075 or emailing fish@owenriverlodge.co.nz

Fly fishing tuition at its best.Adventurer252350 on Trip Advisor

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Apr 29 2021

My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at ORL and could not have been happier. The weather was challenging, but that’s fishing, and on the day we had with our guide Stefano,… Read more

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May 11 2021

The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand’s largest circulating daily newspaper has a weekly travel magazine in which Owen River Lodge was featured

NZ Herald Travel Magazine 11 May 2021

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