Mid-Season Fishing Review (Dec 2011 - Jan 2012)

Its been an interesting season thus far. The New Zealand Bureau of Meteorology have announced that the Nelson and Marlborough regions have had the cloudiest & wettest summer on record. However, despite all the rain and cloudy days, our talented group of guides got our guests onto quality fish! This blog entry (which is late) is short of words and large on photos of our guests high catch rates! With this entry being a review of some of the fishing action during December 2011 and January 2012.

Curtis, stayed with us for the third time in early December. He landed a stunning 10lb sea run brown, the largest sea run caught at Owen River Lodge.

Kevin & Jerry, 2 fishing friends, from California spent a week fishing and relaxing with us in early December. They caught many fine browns up to 8lb.

Adam, an Englishman had a dream 3 month holiday fly fishing all over New Zealand. He came and stayed/fished with us twice during this time. He had some sensational dry fly action on the Owen River landing 7 browns (mostly on Cicadas) on one very memorable day…

Australians, Howard (staying with us for his 6th trip) & his mate, famous Australian wine writer Huon Hooke (staying with us for his 2nd trip) fished with us in mid December. Here’s a couple of the many browns they caught!

Tom and Meg from Australia, stayed with us for their 4th visit to ORL during January. In their 4 days of fishing, they hooked 32 browns and landed 23 almost all of them on Cicadas…

“Remember, you are only a stranger once at Owen River Lodge”

- Felix, Ryan, Lillyanne, Louise & Amber.

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Apr 25 2016

Only my second time to the lodge and I speak as someone who is absolutely hopeless with a fly rod but just love everything that is fly fishing. I’ve chased Golden’s and tuna… Read more

Chris T : Brisbane, Australia TripAdvisor

Mar 20 2016

Owen River Lodge is a perfect blend of true luxury accommodations, surreal surroundings and a home base for the greatest brown trout stalking angling opportunities the planet has… Read more

David G Boston, Massachusetts TripAdvisor

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