Guides & Tuition

The Fly Fishing Guides at Owen River Lodge

The secret to maximising your fishing experience is to use an experienced fishing guide.

Due to the clarity of the water, the “canniness” of our brown trout and the fact that these behemoths sparsely populate our rivers, we absolutely recommend you use the services of one of our highly experienced fishing guides. Think about it: you’ve spent a lot of time and money getting to New Zealand. Investing in the services of a fishing guide is a wise thing to do. Time, after all, is one thing we can’t buy more of!

However, the choice is yours: use a guide for all, some or none of your time at the lodge. We are very proud of our team; we think they’re the best ever assembled in New Zealand.

They are all professional, full-time fishing guides. The majority of them have over 20 years experience as fishing guides and are members of the NZPFGA – New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association.

One of the most important things our guides do is teach. Whether you’re a complete beginner, a once-a-year river warrior or an accomplished fly fisher, I believe our guides can help you to better enjoy your time on our rivers stalking our wild brown (and a few rainbow) trout!

We also have an IFFF Certified casting instructor in house, Kylie. She can assist with casting lessons and practice off the water. A lesson with Kylie may help refine your casting and maximize your time on the water with your guide, catching wild New Zealand brown trout.

Steve

Steve starting guiding professionally in 1999. Steve is known around the lodge as “Big Steve”, he has a degree in outdoor education and is married with 4 young children – so he needs to work hard!

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Hannah

Hannah has been hunting and fishing since she was 10 year old. She is New Zealand’s only full time female fishing guide and member of the NZPFGA. Hannah started guiding with us in 2016 and has already built a loyal following of happy clients.

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Craig

Craig has spent the last 30 years living in the Nelson Lakes region – for a while he even lived in the Owen Valley. He has been a professional fishing and hunting guide since 1986 and is married with three children.

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Lindsay

Lindsay lives around the corner from the Lodge and has been a professional fishing guide since 1985. He is married to Amanda. Lindsay is a keen hunter and golf fanatic. September each year sees him down the West Coast catching whitebait, some of which he supplies to the lodge

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Aaron

Aaron has been a fishing guide since 2002. He is a keen sportsman, hunter and fishing guide. Aaron has 3 daughters, so he really needs to work hard !

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Boris

Famous for his appearance in the Australian television show “A River Somewhere” Boris has been a professional fishing guide since 1990. Winter sees Boris up at the Rainbow Ski field where he & his wife Lee own and run the café.

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David

David grew up fishing the Motueka River and started his professional guiding career in the 1990s. He’s married with three children and is passionate about both his fishing and our guests having a great time.

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Paul

Paul has been a professional fishing guide in the Murchison / Nelson Lakes region since 1990; he’s a keen fisherman, mountain biker and hunter. When not guiding, Paul enjoys touring New Zealand on his motor bike.

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Pete

Pete has been a professional fishing guide in the Murchison region since 1988.

He’s about as local as you can get in these parts, as he was born around the corner and lived in a house that 20 years later was to become the main lodge building at Owen River Lodge.

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Greg

Greg has been a professional fishing guide in the Murchison region since 1998 and is a very keen fisherman and hunter. When not guiding, Greg runs a successful sporting goods importing and distribution business.

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Anton

Anton has been a passionate trout fisherman for as long as he can remember. His favorite method of fishing is stalking large brown trout in crystal clear mountain rivers, he is a keen saltwater fly fishermen and is married with 3 young children

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Adam

Adam has been a keen angler, flytier and hunter for many years. Adam is about as local as you can get, living just up the Owen Valley with his wife Tash.

Adam started guiding at ORL in early 2016 and has already built up an impressive list of repeat clients.

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Kylie

Kylie is New Zealand’s only female IFFF Certified casting instructor. Whilst Kylie doesn’t guide (she is too busy helping Felix run the lodge) she can assist with casting lessons and practice off the water.

A lesson with Kylie may help refine your casting and maximise your time on the water with your guide, catching wild New Zealand brown trout.

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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

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

Adrian : Warwick, United Kingdom 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