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Season

October - April

Capacity

12 Rods per week

Species

Brown Trout

LOCATION
Owen River Lodge is located in the Owen Valley near Murchison, in the Nelson Lakes district of the South Island of New Zealand.

PRIMARY SPECIES
Brown Trout. On rare occasion, rainbow trout.

SEASON OF OPERATION
EARLY SEASON- October and November
MID SEASON- December through March
LATE SEASON- April

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
There are no set arrival and departure turn around days at the lodge.

THE LODGE
Aside from the incredible scenery and outstanding sight casting to huge brown trout, what make this destination so enjoyable is the quality of the lodge. Every detail has been meticulously planned and organized, with both anglers and non-anglers in mind, by the owner and operator of the property, Felix Borenstein. The lodge consists of 6 luxuriously-appointed suites, each of which enjoys a stunning view of the water, the valley and Kahurangi National Park. Their design emphasises light and space, accentuated by soaring, cathedral-type ceilings. They all feature fine art works and 100 year-old recycled Oregon beams and woodwork. All suites are equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning, an electronic safe, ironing facilities, an alarm clock, mini bar stocked with complimentary soft drinks, premium New Zealand fruit juices and mineral waters, and tea and coffee making facilities - with real freshly ground coffee beans. They also contain en suite bathrooms equipped with oversized towels, bathrobes, a hairdryer and, of course, quality New Zealand made shower gels, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. An additional bonus is that all suites have WiFi access.

The main lodge consists of a small fly shop and the tack area, along with the dining and bar area. The dining room is an elegant mix of warm woods and colors that combines to create an inviting atmosphere to gather for cocktails at the end of the day. Felix has clearly put his heart and soul into his lodge and for those of us who have to travel a long way to get there, his efforts are truly appreciated. Spending time at the Owen River Lodge is a true pleasure!

DESTINATION CAPACITY
12 rods per week

THE FISHING
Over the years, New Zealand has developed a reputation for having the best sighted river fishing for trout in the world. And this is precisely why we get on the plane and travel such great distances. The fishing! Beautifully situated in the midst of the north end of the south island, Owen River Lodge offers an enormous variety of fishing environment, most of which are no more than an hour drive from the lodge. From small, intimate rivers like the Owen River, to iconic freestone rivers such as the Wairau, the lodge offers easy access to the Nelson, Marlborough, North Canterbury and West Coast fisheries at the top of the South Island. Staying at the lodge means that you are perfectly positioned in the centre of all the action.

The average sized trout in this part of the south island is 3-6 pounds with opportunities at 10 pounders not uncommon during a week’s stay. One of the extraordinary aspects of this fishery is the clarity of the water. “Gin clear” is the common phrase used to describe Nelson area’s rivers and while it may sound like a cliché, in this case its 100% appropriate. The fishing in this region involves walking and wading up stream and fishing for sighted brown trout. This means that for the majority of the rivers, you must see the fish before the fish sees you.

With so many beautiful rivers and backdrops available to fish, it’s hard to imagine that it can get any better. But it can when you add a day or two of helicopter fishing to your trip. Imagine fishing stretches of water possibly not fished by any other angler this season, where you’ll stalk large, wild brown trout in crystal-clear mountain streams. A helicopter will give you access to countless kilometres of wilderness rivers and streams, completely inaccessible to vehicles and accessed by foot only over great time and difficulty. We highly recommend at least a day of helicopter fishing.

OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER - Early season fishing in New Zealand has some advantages and disadvantages. On the very positive side, the fish haven’t seen an angler for five months and there are few anglers about. Some of the rivers will be running high due to recent rain and this can make a few of the larger river crossings challenging. However, with over 30 + rivers to choose from (within a 90 minute drive), the guides can normally find a wonderful stream to spend the day fooling an early season fish or two!

What’s more, many of the smaller streams are at their very best at this time of year. For some of our regulars, this fishing for two-foot trout in 20-foot wide streams is the highlight of the fishing year.

DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH - This is summer in New Zealand. It’s the busiest time to fly fish here (busy being a very relative term) as its classic New Zealand dry fly fishing at its best. The river levels have dropped and the weather is usually quite warm and more stable. Mid-way through summer, 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).

APRIL - April sees the weather cooling and this in turn sends a message to the browns that it’s time to stack on weight in preparation for their spawning in winter. 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.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
This part of New Zealand is strictly a walk and wade fishing environment. Modern SUV’s will take anglers from the lodge to the river or stream the guide has selected to fish that day. The lodge uses the services of local “chopper” companies that specialise in Heli-Fishing. The helicopter you’ll fly in will vary, based on the number of anglers/guide and the location you choose.

Robinson R44 - up to 3 passengers (including guide) + pilot
Hughes/MacDonald Douglas 500 - up to 4 passengers (including guide) + pilot
Eurocopter EC130/Squirrel - up to 6 passengers (including guide) + pilot

GETTING THERE
The majority of flights coming in to New Zealand from the US and Canada arrive in Auckland, which is located on the north island. The Owen River Lodge is located at the north end of the south island, with the closest airport to the lodge being found in Nelson. Fortunately, there are numerous flights per day to Nelson from Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington. Once you arrive at the airport in Nelson, we can arrange for a shuttle to pick you up drive you the 90 minutes down to the lodge. If you’d prefer to rent a car, you can email us directly for the driving instructions. If you are coming up to the lodge from Christchurch, it’s about a 4 hour drive and again, we can either organize a shuttle for you or, upon request, provide driving instructions to the lodge.

Slipstream Angling is a full service travel company and can assist with international and domestic airfare, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance.

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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

U.S., Canadian and EU members must have a passport that is valid for 3 months beyond intended stay as well as tickets and documents for return or onward travel. No Visa required for stays of up to three months

RATES FOR 2016-17

All tariffs are on a per person basis unless otherwise stated.

Spring : October 1 to December 14, 2016

4 nights / 3 days Guided Fishing Package $2,565 USD DBL / Twin Share
5 nights / 4 days Guided Fishing Package $3,280 USD DBL / Twin Share
6 nights / 5 days Guided Fishing Package $3,990 USD DBL / Twin Share
7 nights / 6 days Guided Fishing Package $4,565 USD DBL / Twin Share

4 nights / 3 days Guided Fishing Package $3,945 USD Single Occupancy
5 nights / 4 days Guided Fishing Package $5,070 USD Single Occupancy
6 nights / 5 days Guided Fishing Package $6,195 USD Single Occupancy
7 nights / 6 days Guided Fishing Package $7,200 USD Single Occupancy

Summer : December 15 to March 14, 2017

4 nights / 3 days Guided Fishing Package $3,000 USD DBL / Twin Share
5 nights / 4 days Guided Fishing Package $3,825 USD DBL / Twin Share
6 nights / 5 days Guided Fishing Package $4,640 USD DBL / Twin Share
7 nights / 6 days Guided Fishing Package $5,365 USD DBL / Twin Share

4 nights / 3 days Guided Fishing Package $4,380 USD Single Occupancy
5 nights / 4 days Guided Fishing Package $5,600 USD Single Occupancy
6 nights / 5 days Guided Fishing Package $6,850 USD Single Occupancy
7 nights / 6 days Guided Fishing Package $8,080 USD Single Occupancy

Autumn / Fall : March 15 to April 30, 2017

4 nights / 3 days Guided Fishing Package $2,565 USD DBL / Twin Share
5 nights / 4 days Guided Fishing Package $3,280 USD DBL / Twin Share
6 nights / 5 days Guided Fishing Package $3,990 USD DBL / Twin Share
7 nights / 6 days Guided Fishing Package $4,565 USD DBL / Twin Share

4 nights / 3 days Guided Fishing Package $3,945 USD Single Occupancy
5 nights / 4 days Guided Fishing Package $5,070 USD Single Occupancy
6 nights / 5 days Guided Fishing Package $6,195 USD Single Occupancy
7 nights / 6 days Guided Fishing Package $7,200 USD Single Occupancy