Aug 22, 2013

World Class Trout Fishing – Kiwi Edition

Fly Fishing from Cedar Lodge

New Zealand’s reputation for the best sight fishing for big trout is well deserved. Fishing waters here vary from mountain streams, spring creeks, meadows and prolific lakes. While fishing with a dry fly, I caught a huge rainbow that later was mistakenly identified as a nice winter steelhead. As an angler one doesn’t have to be world class—just opportunistic. By the way I have yet to catch a winter fish on a parachute Adams. Following are brief descriptions of two of the first class lodges in New Zealand.

Jerry Swanson

Owen River Lodge
This lodge is strategically located with access to a variety of rivers in type and size as well as smaller streams and lakes. The guide staff is highly experienced, and they work well with a range of angling skills and experience. The lodge is set on 16 acres on the banks of the Owen River. Located on the northern part of the South Island, 90 minutes drive from Nelson. The lodge accommodates 12 anglers/guests at a time in six cottage suites. They take great pride and care with the food, and it is outstanding. The produce is locally sourced, much of it out of their garden. The length of stay is flexible, with a four-night/ three-day fishing minimum. Six nights/five days fishing per person, double occupancy: $3545.

Owen River Lodge
Owen River Lodge: Guest Cottage Suite
Cedar Lodge
Founded over 30 years ago by Dick and Robyn Fraser, this is the only fulltime fly-out lodge in New Zealand. With daily heli access, they fish a range of waters during the season, some only minutes from the lodge. Located on the Makarora River, Cedar Lodge is a 1:45 drive from Queenstown on the South Island. The lodge is intimate, with four private guest suites, accommodating eight anglers/guests. The food and hospitality are second only to the fishing. Meals feature local fresh ingredients, and great New Zealand wines. There is flexibility in the length of stay with a four-night/ three-day fishing minimum. Six nights/ Five days fishing per person, double occupancy: $5200.

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