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, with a wealth of experience. All our senior guides 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 assist you to better enjoy your time on our rivers stalking our wild brown (and a few rainbow) trout!

We also have an FFI 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.


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. David is kept very busy here guiding mostly his repeat clients.

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Chris grew up in Christchurch where at the age of 4 he caught his first fish off the Lyttelton wharf. Chris started fly fishing when he was 10 years old and is hopelessly addicted to it. He’s married with two children and in winter, when he’s not guiding he is a landscape gardener.

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Stefano started guiding for Owen River Lodge at the beginning of the 2017_18 season and has quickly built up a loyal group of repeat guests. Stefano lives locally and speaks Italian (naturally), French, Spanish & English. He is very passionate about his fly fishing and loves guiding our guests onto large wild brown trout.

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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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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 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 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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Gavin is a local guide who grew up in Murchison. The son of the local vet, Gavin grew up fly fishing our local streams.He has a science degree majoring in genetics.

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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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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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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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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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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 children.

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Lindsay lives around the corner from the Lodge and has been a professional fishing guide since 1985.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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Mar 25 2019

My second trip to ORL, this one with my brother, saw six nights of really - I mean really -special dinners from kitchen masters Jo and Ryan punctuated by five fabulous days… Read more

John L Portland USA : TripAdvisor

Nov 17 2019

The Best Keeps Getting Better! Felix, Kylie and the amazing team at Owen River Lodge (ORL) continue to exceed expectations. I have been visiting the South Island of New Zealand… Read more

Dave Boston USA : 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