Fly Fishing Owen River Lodge
OWEN RIVER LODGE
STAGES OF THE FISHING SEASON
The river fishing season varies slightly depending on which part of New Zealand you are fishing in. In the top of the South Island the season opens on the 1st of October and ends on the 30th of April, which means that the session starts in spring, moves to summer and ends in autumn/fall.

Early Season Ė October & November

The early season fishing in New Zealand has some advantages and disadvantages. On the very positive side, the fish havenít seen an angler for 5 months and there are few anglers about.
Some of the rivers we fish will be running high due to recent rain, and this can make crossing some of our larger rivers challenging. However, with over 26 rivers to choose from (within a 90 minute drive) we can normally find a wonderful stream to spend the day on fooling an early season fish or two !
Itís early in the season that the brown trout in this region seem to love big nymphs – the stone fly is a classic early season fly. The fishing is still very much casting to sighted fish, with rivers such as the Owen usually has mayfly hatches on a sunny afternoon. Typically early season will see you fishing 50% of the time using a dry fly. The weather this time of the year can be changeable, so itís always an idea to pack your dull-coloured rain coat.
Mid Season – December, January, February & March

This is summer in New Zealand. Itís the busiest time to fly fish in New Zealand as it's classic New Zealand dry fly fishing at its best (busy being a very relative term). The river levels have dropped and the weather is usually quite warm and stable. The sound of cicadas fills the air and the brown trout seem to spend a lot more time looking up for a tasty morsel to float by. Typically, 75% of your fish will be caught using a dry. (Cicada, Blowfly or Adams patterns work really well).
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Late Season – April

April sees the weather cooling and this in turn sends a message to the browns that it is time to stack on weight in preparation for their spawn in June. Mayfly activity increases so it's parachute adams and small nymph time! The weather is less stable than high summer, but the good news is that there are very few anglers on the river and thus any angling pressure is greatly diminished.
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Owen River Lodge
New Zealandís finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge
Owen Valley East Road, Murchison
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 523 9075
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