Tsylos Park Lodge, BC

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Tsylos Provincial Park, British Columbia

Tsylos Park Lodge, BC

Overview

Your Adventure Begins on the Flight to Tsylos... You've just gotten onto a chartered plane. As the plane takes off from Vancouver, your view changes from sky scrapers, and manmade landscapes and turns to the stunning beauty of nature - a world of blue skis, snow-capped peaks, canopies of untouched forests, and glaciers that have carved out valleys over millions of years. Your eyes get to feast on hidden mountain lakes, glistening in the sun like hidden jewels.

As the miles fly by, you can let go of your stress. Visually and mentally, bag up your worries, and throw them out the window.

Before you know it, you're landing at Tsylos Park Lodge on the north end of Chilko Lake, a 52 mile-long strip of sparkling blue water fed by glacial streams and surrounded by majestic peaks. And that is only the beginning...

Here nature offers you excellent fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking and hunting. Whatever adventure you experience, we guarantee that Tsylos will give you the opportunity to disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with yourself, your family, your friends, and nature in a way that nowhere else can. Enjoy the Vacation of a Lifetime

The freedom of saying “I am on vacation, and I am not available for the next week” and meaning it!

Tsylos offers you something truly unique in today's word: a real chance to disconnect. You’re not available by cell phone, email, or blackberry. How freeing is this! No cell phone, no email, no blackberries. That means that you have the perfect excuse to take a true vacation that allows you to take a mental, physical, and emotional break.

Here at Tsylos, we don’t have cell phone access for any reason. Don't worry though. If there is an emergency they can always get a hold of the lodge, but you set the perimeters of what defines an emergency. We are great at fielding so-called “emergency calls”.

Ready to Pick your Adventure?

  • River Fly Fishing Trip
  • Lodge Horseback Riding
  • Wilderness Mountain Pack Trip
  • Grizzly Bear Photography & Viewing

Date Range

Our fly fishing season starts mid-June with the dry fly fishing season in July and August. We are blessed with the certain knowledge that the consistent dry fly action for large, scrappy Rainbows is second to none. We fly fish until mid-September. Our lodge season extends for the horse riding and grizzly bear viewing season until mid-October.

What is Provided to Customer

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip flight from Vancouver to Tsylos Park Lodge
  • 7 Nights' accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • Three meals per day and wine with dinner
  • One guide to every two anglers
  • All other activities (horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, lake trip, drift boat trip)
  • Boats and gas
  • Daily maid service

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Our Rainbow Trout are all native to this system and as a result are vibrant, healthy and amazing fighting fish. It’s not uncommon to be taken into your backing and to see your fish torpedo across the surface of the water, cartwheel, jump repeatedly and to snap you off in an explosion of color and heart stopping action.

These stunning Rainbows grow to extraordinary sizes due to the large late summer runs of Sockeye and Chinook salmon, the spring smolt escapement from the lake and the never ending summertime insect hatches make for healthy rainbow trout (see our hatch guide). Be under no illusions that you will encounter wild ‘bows over 20 inches and perhaps that fish of your dreams in the high twenty inch range!

Bull Trout are built for predation and here at Tsylos Park Lodge we target these apex predators both on the Lake and in the Chilko River. They grow to trophy sizes and are often seen hammering shoals of bait fish on the lake and will even chase down hooked rainbows to the boat. They offer exciting sub-surface action and it’s not uncommon to see Bulls of over 10lbs.

Typical Weather by Season

From the tall, majestic mountains to lush forests to the rushing river, the seasons of Chilko Lake, British Columbia are always amazing to behold. Each season brings its own particular beauty. Here's a little recap of each season, but really, you have to see it to believe it!

Spring—A New Beginning
Spring is a burst of new energy and the warmth of the sun. It is new vibrant colors from the first blade of green grass, to the budding of a new leaf, crisp blue skies, and snow-capped peaks.

With the spring the river gains in size and large migrations of Sockeye Salmon fry and smolt take place. With millions of one-year old Sockeye heading to the Pacific Ocean and minute fry hatching and making their way to Chilko Lake, the Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout congregate in the river for a feast.

Steelhead are spotted spawning in the shallows and leaping out of the Chilko River to have a look around. Wild roses and Sunflowers are starting to bloom on the side hills, giving the land more and more color.

Summer—Warmth and Beauty
Summertime means big hatches, blue skies, warm days, alpine trips and wildflowers. Dry fly fishing on the river starts and the laughter can be heard echoing from the river or from the trail where the riders are cantering through the trees along the water. Life does not get any better than this!

Indian Summer—"When the River Turns Red"
Indian Summer in September and October is a very special time of year at Chilko. It is an explosion of autumn colors, an abundance of wildlife, and an orchestra of sounds. With the changing seasons the Sockeye & Chinook salmon return in vast numbers, spawning on the river and lake.

With the returning of the salmon the Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Herons, Ducks, Ospreys, and other wildlife migrate to the river and lake to feast on the salmon. This is a wonderful time to visit Tsylos Park Lodge!

Winter—A Time to Rest
Soft falling snowflakes bury the earth and silence falls within our valley. The Trumpeter Swans move into Chilko and add their grace and beauty to the splendor of the frozen land. Only the running water of Chilko River reminds us of earlier times, and the seasons to come.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A (Typical) Week at Tsylos

There really isn't such a thing as a typical week at Tsylos. Each week is unique, with new guests, new adventures, and new memories. What we can guarantee: you will have an amazing experience and a vacation you won’t forget!

The days at Tsylos Park Lodge are a blend of great conversations, lots of laughter, days shared in the great outdoors, making new friends, or connecting with old friends and family. The great outdoors gives you lots of personal space, while the ambiance of the lodge gives you warmth, comfort, and time to connect.

Each morning every gathers for a tasty breakfast and a hot drink, after breakfast there is time to gear up for your coming day.

If you are a fly fisher, you basically get your fly gear and meet up with the fly fishing guides on the deck. There are two anglers to each one guide. The guides will help you with your gear, also get you drinks for you to enjoy while out fly fishing. Then you walk to the dock and head out for a great afternoon of fly fishing.

As a horseback rider you will meet the riding guide at the barn. The riding Guides will ask you questions about your specific riding experience to make sure that they match you to your perfect horse. Here you will be introduced to your horse; the guide will go over safety tips on the trail, and tacking up the western horse.

Activities

On-site Activities

  • Lodge Horseback riding 7 Night Package
  • Wilderness Horseback trips 7 Night package
  • Grizzly Bear Viewing/Photography 7 Night package
  • RELAXING
  • Horse Shoe Pit
  • Volleyball Court
  • Fully Stocked Bar
  • Cards, poker chips, and board games
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Hiking Trails for morning or evening walks
  • Large deck for viewing the stars

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Meals are prepared fresh by our chef and served family style at the lodge. Each day everyone sits down for a tasty breakfast and dinner. It is always full of great conversations, and lots of laughter.

We continued with the tradition of having an open kitchen so everyone can enjoy watching their delicious meals being freshly prepared, with the mouth-watering aromas to entice your appetite.

Breakfast is a blend of the Canadian Hot breakfast, bacon & eggs, fresh potatoes, pancakes, as well as an assortment of fresh fruits, cereals, and yogurts. Lunch is spent streamside, on top of a mountain, or wherever your wanderings have taken you.

Dinner is a special time of day. Everyone gathers for a relaxing dinner and mouth-watering meals; fresh salads, meats, breads, pastas, as well as tasty deserts. Wine is served with dinner.

We accommodate 14 people in log cabins or suites at our beautiful lodge. Each unit is set up for two persons and offers private bathrooms, comfy beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets, gas fireplaces or a wood burning stove, their own decks and seating areas. Daily maid services keep you supplied with fresh towels.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout - Strong, Healthy, and Wild

The Chilko River rainbows are 100% wild and native to these waters. They are renowned for their coloration, size, and fighting prowess and their willingness to rise for large, visible dry flies. It’s not uncommon to be taken into your backing and to see your fish torpedo across the surface of the water, cartwheel, jump repeatedly and to snap you off in an explosion of color and heart stopping action.

These stunning Rainbows grow to healthy sizes due to the large late summer runs of Sockeye, Chinook, and Coho salmon, the spring smolt escapement from the lake and the never ending summertime insect hatches make for healthy rainbow trout. Be under no illusions that you will encounter wild ‘bows over 20 inches and perhaps that fish of your dreams in the high twenty inch range.

Bull Trout are built for predation and here at Tsylos Park Lodge we target these apex predators both on the Lake and in the Chilko River. They grow to trophy sizes and are often seen hammering shoals of bait fish on the lake and will even chase down hooked rainbows to the boat. They offer exciting sub-surface action and it’s not uncommon to see Bulls of over 10lbs.

  • Mid -June to July 1 Wet Fly
  • July - August Dry Fly
  • Sept - Mid Sept Dry Fly to egg patterns depending on weather & salmon
  • Mid Sept to end of season ( the river closes for fly fishing from a motor boat as the river is full of spawning salmon)

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

Once you have arranged a stay with us, we will send you a "trip tips" with all the important flies listed for you to tie or buy at your local fly shop. You can use many different rods. A 9.5 foot 6 weight is ideal. You can use a 5 or 7 weight without any problem. Make sure to bring a floating line and a fast sinking tip line as well.

Recommended Fly Gear to Bring

  • We keep quality Orvis fly rods and reels at the lodge for your complimentary use in case you need a back up rod.
  • For the Chilko River, we recommend a 5-6 weight rod with a good reel, floating line with 100 yards of backing. For Chilko Lake, we recommend a 6-8 weight rod with a 25 foot, type 6-8 sink tip or a full fast sink line.
  • Remember to bring a selection of leaders from 2X - 4X with plenty of tippet material, waders, sunglasses, camera, gloves, rain jacket, a hat and warm clothes.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a beginner fly fishing person come to Tsylos Park Lodge?
Yes. Our Fly Fishing packages are fully guided and for those needing lessons or instruction, a guide will be more than happy to assist you. The Chilko River and Chilko Lake are a great spot to learn the sport of fly fishing. We keep a dozen extra Fly Rods at the lodge for those who need one. Most people bring their own rod and flies, but we do supply them as well. We do ask that everyone signed up for the fly fishing package bring chest waders. An inexpensive pair will do just as well as the expensive kind.

Do we fish on the river or lake or both?
Most anglers who book in for the 7-night stay will fish the lake 1 or 2 days, depending on weather and their preferences. We encourage a lake day, as Chilko Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and the fishing can be outstanding. Fishing clients can also join a day ride on our horses to an adjacent peak. Most of our "riders" are quite good, and we cater to the intermediate to advanced riders, but there are 1 or 2 days when the trail ride is slow and beginner riders can join and enjoy a daylong ride. Our lodge is located on the banks of the Chilko River and most or all of the fishing days are on the river.

How do we fish the Chilko River?
We have 4 flat bottom jet sleds that are used as "drift boats" on the river, but have the motor for getting back to the top of the runs. Usually one day is spent on the "drift boat" taking you down the river about 22 km's and driving back to the lodge by vehicle. We also keep belly boats (float tubes) for our guests to use on hot days , with the guide moving you back to the top of the runs with the jet sled. Most fishing clients spend a good portion of their time wading on the river shelves. It is a good mix of drifting, wading and floating.

What kind of fish is in the system?
The Chilko River and Lake have resident native Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden (Bull Trout), and Mountain Whitefish. We also have ocean run Steelhead, Sockeye Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and possibly Dolly Varden. The river opens June 11 and we fish for primarily Rainbow Trout. When fishing sub-surface, especially in the lake, you will catch Dolly Varden as well.

What temperature is the water?
Chilko River in late mid to late June runs around 50 degrees F. It can reach up to mid 60's in August, but that is rare. The lake is around high 40's at the south end and closer to the river temperature at the north end.

What flies and rods do we bring?
Once you have arranged a stay with us, we will send you a "trip tips" with all the important flies listed for you to tie or buy at your local fly shop. You can use many different rods. A 9.5 foot 6 weight is ideal. You can use a 5 or 7 weight without any problem. Make sure to bring a floating line and a fast sinking tip line as well.

How many fly fishing guests do you accommodate at one time?
Our lodge can take 14 guests at a time and is usually a mix of fly fishers and horseback riders. We normally have 8 anglers at one time unless it is a custom group booking.

What is your fishing policy?
We started promoting catch and release fly fishing in 1985 and by 1990 we became a "Catch-and-Release" only fly fishing lodge. The river now, by law, is catch-and-release, fly fishing only, single barbless hook and has a bait ban. The regulations on Chilko Lake are single barbless hook and have a bait ban.

What is the fly fishing season?
The Chilko River opens on June 11th and we fish until Mid –September. In mid-September we use our jet sleds for grizzly bear photography trips. The June weeks are excellent streamer fishing with large size averages. July & August are primarily on the dry fly and once the salmon start running and spawning in early September we move to egg pattern fishing. No matter what time during our fly fishing season that you come, the fishing is great!

How far are we from the fly fishing?
The lodge is located directly on the Chilko River and it is a half mile downstream from the Chilko Lake...why fly out when you just flew in?

We’re more than happy to answer any questions you don’t see here. We want your fly fishing trip to be the experience of a lifetime! Contact us today for more information and to check availability.

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3 of 3 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Long summer days of delight - 7/16/2014
    By: from Bainbridge Island, WA

    The flight at 11,000 feet right over the heart of the BC Cascades set the mood for a splendid week - awesome. Then the giggles begin when a large 'bow smashes your dry fly, and about 25 more times that day. The guides are great fishermen. The cooking is way beyond your traditional BC fare, No biting bugs. You'll love the horses around camp. Wish I knew how to send a photo.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great experience - 7/13/2014
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    Just came back from a wonderful week at Tsylos. Beautiful and prolific water. Outstanding wildlife- griz, deer, moose, eagles every day. Staff was super and food was 1st class. Coming back!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Tsylos Park Lodge - 7/13/2014
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    Five stars are inadequate to describe a week at this lodge. Beautiful log housing, great beds and every meal a treat!! I caught and released over 15 fish a day all on dry flies. In the morning a may fly imitation produced a occasional take, but promptly as it warmed we switched to stone fly patterns. Stimulators, salmon flies and especially Chernobyl patterns were most productive. And what fish! More than half my fish were 18 inches and daily a few reached 21 inches. They behave like steelhead with jumps and runs. In order to speed release we used 10 lob tippet material so fish could be rapidly netted and released. Any serious fly fisherman with love this place. An added treat is a trip up the glacier fed Chilko lake with its azure water and large bull trout, and fabulous mountain views.

Tsylos Park Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Karen McLean
Tsylos Provincial Park, British Columbia
800-487-9567
01-250-483-4368

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