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Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge

Details

  • Fresh Water
  • Season

    November 5, 2016 - March 31, 2017
  • The rates in US dollars for 2016-2017 season are 7 nights/6 days $7995 and 4 nights/3 days $4995 per person based on 2 people sharing a guide and room. Shorter and longer stays are available.
  • Number of guests

    They take 8 anglers at a time.
  • Species:
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Brown Trout

Cedar Lodge

New Zealand >> South Island >> Makarora River
Fishing and Species
New Zealand trout are wild. Both rainbow and brown trout reside in the pristine waters around Cedar Lodge. Almost all of the fishing is done by stalking and sight casting to specific trout. The fish may be particular at times but the casts are usually only 25 to 45 feet. Each morning after a substantial breakfast, you will depart by heli for your days fishing. Depending on the river and flight conditions the flight time will range from 10 to 40 minutes. After a morning sight casting to large trout, you will dine on a streamside lunch, (that sets a standard for fishing lunches) taking in the surroundings of bush-clad mountainsides, waterfalls and lush Beech forests. Nowhere else in the world can large wild rainbow and brown trout be caught on a dry fly in such a pristine environment. New Zealand trout The trout average from 3 - 6 pounds, with some larger.

Cedar Lodge's five-acre property is on the banks of the Makarora River on New Zealand’s South Island and is bounded by the majestic Mt. Aspiring National Park. Established in 1979 by Dick and Robyn Fraser, it has set the standard for fly fishing in New Zealand ever since. The lodge has four guest rooms with private baths and an expansive lounge and dining area. In 2013 the lodge was purchased by Chris and Shauna Daughters from Eugene, Oregon. They were frequent guests over the years and are now managing the lodge as well.

You will fish for both Rainbow and Browns in Cedar's waters. In fact it's not unusual to see both species occupying the same pool or run. Almost all of Cedar's fishing requires angler and guide to stalk the fish, locate their target, carefully prepare for the presentation of the fly, and anxiously anticipate the strike. The fish average three to six pounds but some ten pounders have been caught as well.

Past guests have included Lefty Kreh, Mel Krieger, Ernest Schweibert, Doug Swisher, Dave Whitlock, Russell Chatham, Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.

After an ample breakfast, depart for fishing in one of the Lodge's two helicopters, from the helipad located a few feet away. Streamside lunches are served amidst the rising mountainsides, spectacular waterfalls, and lush native beech forests. Cedar Lodge's fly-in helicopter concession affords anglers total mobility to the most remote waters, where the lack of other fishermen permits unencumbered angling and numerous fishing options.

Many argue that the fishing is secondary to the mouth-watering taste sensations that guests experience every day from Cedar Lodge's Kitchen. Each meal is complemented with a selection of award winning New Zealand wines from legendary wineries such as Matua Valley, Villa Maria, Kim Crawford, Pisa Moorings,Church Road, Akarua, and Two Paddocks.