Firstly we are return guests to Felix's fabulous Owen River Lodge (after 5 years we are sorry to say) and by God he and his great team did not disappoint! We were welcomed with open arms including Keely the wonder lodge dog. From the exquisite wine list to the best 5 star quality food (thanks Ryan and Jo) to the best brown trout fishing in the world - this is IT.
Felix has gathered an outstanding team around him to provide the very best for fishing and relaxation. Our guide Paul was extraordinary - so very friendly and shared his expertise with such generosity and fun.
But Felix's secret weapon is Nikki - the hostess with the mostest - and probably Felix's finest catch of his lifetime.
Please go and fish, eat and enjoy the comfort and eclectic guests from around the world. We really hope that we'll come back again very soon to our fishing heaven and home away from home.
As keen fly fishers whose skills don't quite match the passion, we found the fishing challenging but highly rewarding. These fish don't surrender easily, but when you get everything right and get to hold one of these magnificent wild browns for a moment, the feeling is unrivalled.
Unless you've fished in New Zealand before, forget much of what you've learnt fishing North/South American and European rivers. You're going to be fishing super long leaders and tiny flies in gin clear water to wily fish. The best 4 tips we can give you are: 1) Trust your guide - they're really good!; 2) Practice your accuracy casting, presentation and turning over long leaders between 20' and 40' before you come; 3) Invest in a really good pair of polarized sunglasses; and 4) TRUST YOUR GUIDE even if you don't agree with their call.
Follow those simple rules and you will definitely catch more fish. We caught about 12 fish in our three days up to around 61/4lbs, and we lost or frightened off at least twice that many.
If you're contemplating a trip to Owen River Lodge, do yourself a favour, stop reading reviews and just book it - you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owen River Lodge is New Zealand's finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge. Luxurious, warm and inviting ambiance. Stylish, understated accommodation located right on the Owen River in the South Island of New Zealand. Come and enjoy the stunning food, superb service and outstanding fishing. ... more less