Fly Fishing Owen River Lodge


The famous American author/angler Zane Grey described New Zealand as an "Angler's Eldorado". He was right on the mark - especially when you look at the trout fishery. Over the years, New Zealand has developed a reputation for having the best sighted river fishing for trout in the world.
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Fishing rivers and streams in New Zealand

You may have heard New Zealand's rivers described as being "Gin Clear" - well it's true! Imagine stalking a 10lb brown trout in water, so clear, that water which looks 12 inches deep is actually up to your waist!

Owen River Lodge is located near Murchison, in the Nelson Lakes area of the South Island (the top of the South Island). While mountains and forests abound, the area enjoys a remarkably mild climate.
The lodge is centrally located, with easy access to the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Fisheries. Thus you can enjoy fly fishing on numerous blue-ribbon streams and rivers, with over 30 waters accessible by road (most within 1 hours drive) and countless others by helicopter.
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A sighted brown trout fishery

The fishing is this region is done by walking and wading up stream and fishing for sighted brown trout.The South Island of New Zealand is world renowned as a "sighted" brown trout fishery, with the average trout size ranging from 3lb to 6lb (there's nothing average about that!). This means, for the majority of the rivers, the angler must see the fish, before the fish sees you. Hunting or stalking our brown trout requires the angler to use a dull coloured fly line, long leaders & fine tippet. Unlike lake fishing, the majority of the casting you will do will be medium to short distances - accuracy being much more important than the ability to cast the complete fly line. Generally anglers use a 5 or 6 weight rod, 9 to 10 feet in length.

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The region has a huge variety of rivers to choose from, small intimate rivers like the Owen River, to iconic freestone rivers such as the Wairau. Each season, our fishery has granted many an angler's dream of landing a 10 pounder.
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Fishing gear at Owen River Lodge

Naturally, our tariff includes the use of all the fishing gear you may need. Indeed, the lodge has the world's best equipment available for our guest use. Simms Guide Gore-Tex waders (ladies & mens sizes available), Simms Gore-Tex wading jackets, Simms Guide wading boots - size 5 up to size 14, and a large range of current model Sage Rods & Reels.
Owen River Lodge is one of a very few select fishing lodges in the world selected by Sage to be one of their fully authorised dealers.
The Owen River Lodge offers a friendly, professional service for both experienced and novice fly fishers.
Owen River Lodge has a 5 star quality rating from New Zealand tourism quality agency Qualmark
Owen River Lodge
New Zealand’s finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge
Owen Valley East Road, Murchison
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 523 9075