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Owen River Lodge
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

Our second stay at Owen River Lodge was every bit as enjoyable as the first. It is a testament to Felix's management skills that he can operate a lodge that somehow manages to be both completely professional and yet remain welcoming and homely at the same time. A great host who is constantly focused on ensuring guests are looked after. Chef Ryan's meals were just fantastic, he presented 'art on a plate' every night that was as good food as I have had anywhere I have been. Wonderful accomodation in a magnificent landscape and Aaron guided us well to find many fish - some of which we managed to get into the net in spite of our limited ability. I highly recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a five star fishing lodge experience or alternatively if you are just looking for a quiet break.
'Craig from Perth'

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank celia w
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Felix has found his own paradise and I was privileged to share it one weekend in April. The surroundings are idyllic and the perfect location for a healing weekend run by Casting for Recovery. Felix and his partner were the perfect hosts, unobtrusive , but always ready to assist. The food was superb much of it home grown and would better many 5 star restaurants in the country.
The perfect place to fish and relax.

Room Tip: All rooms are of equal quality
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Thank you Felix for an amazing stay at your wonderful Lodge! From the moment we arrived you made us all feel so at home and cared for. The meals were fabulous, rooms extremely comfortable, and the surroundings idyllic. It was hard to leave! Thank you for a most memorable stay and for being part of the healing journey for us Casting for Recovery Ladies.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Alison H
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

I have fished at ORL for a couple of years and the experience is absolutely first class. Felix is the consummate host, the rest of the team is exceptional and the food is amazing - really amazing. Plus the wine list is a cracker as well. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable and practical - everything has been thought of.

As far as the fishing goes there is little more you can say but world beating. And the guides are off the charts as well - my guide Pete was amazing in his patience, persistence and his phenomenal ability to spot fish. Not a single day on skunking - which is quite an effort with my erratic casting.

As mentioned in the title - just imagine your best day of fishing ever - and do it 6 days in a row.... Groundhog Day ain't such a bad thing.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank WillSarah
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

My fourth stay at Owen River Lodge-well that's a review in itself, almost no more needs to be said.

The lodge is as elegant as ever, Autumnal colors, the effervescent Owen River and dramatic landscapes frame this luxurious gem beautifully.

After 3 intense months at work back in Melbourne my 6 day stay was just what I needed, rest and relaxation ? Well I should say relaxing when back at the lodge, the attention to detail, the caring the superb cuisine , the extensive wine list , the warmth and humor ....oh it is a joy staying here !

On the Rivers however it would be inaccurate to say that it is relaxing. Heart pounding is more like it. Spotting large trout in crystal clear water knowing full well that failure or success is a 1/3 of a fly line away , a 15 foot leader and a miniscule fly imitating the menu of the day. You live and die by your stealth , accuracy and nerve. Some fantastic fish came to hand and quickly released.

The Rivers at this time of the year (April) can be low and clear making spotting possible in pretty much all conditions. The weather on this trip was mild with the occasional hatch of little brown and blue duns bringing some monster browns to the surface. (Tip) The Rivers were almost exclusive to us.(Tip 2) there are so many glorious rivers a very short drive away. Your expert guide will consider all factors such as flow, weather (many micro climates) and most importantly trout activity and will take you to rivers that offer the best fishing conditions and opportunities.

Back at the lodge of an evening your favorite drink emerges before you have even thought about it and the pre dinner canapés' are a delight. Other guests gather and fishing stories are exchanged. The agony and the ecstasies of the day are relived vividly and in typical fly-fishing detail.

Michael a returning ORL guest is in his 70s. A 7.5 pounder , a 6 pounder few 4.5 pounders were his efforts for the day. Well fished and expertly guided. A couple from Melbourne, its only their second foray into Fly Fishing , they each caught almost identical 5 pounders amongst many opportunities. What an amazing effort.

Conversation is soon transported to the elegant dining room (views to die for) by the announcement that dinner is served. White bait fritters accompanied by a subtle aioli and the chefs own salsa were divine. In fact the fritters were so good, so beautifully presented that our main had to be delayed as the guests pleaded for a second helping (which was prepared and cooked from scratch). The Pork Belly main was sublime. All the flavor, richness and contrast of textures but some how delicate and subtle.

Desert, well I am not a desert aficionado and happily settled for the chefs non dairy treats he especially prepared for me, but I could not help but be a little envious of the mini works of art that the other guests enjoyed. Elegant, luxurious but above all seductive.

Each night the cuisine exceeded expectations. In fact , Owen River Lodge, the superb accommodation, the fishing and Felix all exceeded expectation!

Thanks for a fantastic stay Felix and see you next season.

Max

Room Tip: all rooms are excellent
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Thank fiirstdan
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