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Thumbs Up Report for Fishing at New Zealand's Owen River Lodge


Article Date: September 2012

And finally, subscriber Andrew Shetter gives a general thumbs-up to the fishing he enjoyed this past March while staying at Owen River Lodge (www.owenriverlodge.co.nz) in the Murchison area of New Zealand. The trip was arranged for him by the Fly Shop (www.theflyshop.com) in Redding, California. He writes:

"My wife and I fished for five days at Owen River Lodge this past March. This is a brilliantly run lodge with an owner/manager, Felix Borenstein, who cares passionately about what he does. He is on site 24/7, attends meticulously to every detail, and is a charming host. The three-course meals we enjoyed each night (simple but elegant food with locally sourced ingredients) were a highlight of the trip. A nonfishing partner would have no trouble spending a week here enjoying the beautiful setting and exploring the Murchison area. Fishing clients coming here should be aware of a few facts, however. My wife and I have had the opportunity to fish Chile, Argentina, and the Kamchatka Peninsula over the past several years. The fishing here was far and away more technically and physically demanding than any of these other locations. Wily brown trout, crystal-clear water, and a fish density (we were told) of 25 to 30 fish per river mile can make for some long days. We both landed fish, though not as many as we had hoped.

"On the bright side, when you do connect here, the fish are beautiful. Our largest fish weighed five-and-a-half pounds, which is nothing special by New Zealand standards, of course. Still, that fish gave us a real sense of accomplishment.

"As for the guides here, they were very experienced. All of them had that down-to-earth Kiwi style. They were definitely serious about fishing, however, and were not afraid to tell you when your pathetic attempt to softly drop a two-nymph rig four feet in front of a fish and maintain a drag-free drift with no line slack was not up to their standards. I appreciate this kind of input but some might find it........(continued)



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CONTACT DETAILS FOR COMPANIES/INDIVIDUALS MENTIONED IN ARTICLE (if any)
Owen River Lodge. East Raod, Owen Valley. Murchison, New Zealand. Tel. 011-64-3523-9075. Web: www,OwenRiverLodge.co.nz
Pat Pendergast, The Fly Shop. Tel. 1800-669-3474. E-mail: info@theflyshop.com, Web: www.theflyshop.com





























 
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