Tsylos Park Lodge, BC

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

Tsylos Park Lodge, BC

Overview

Discover World-Class Fly Fishing in a Private and Exclusive Canadian Wilderness Setting

Nestled within the Pacific Coast Mountains, 180 aircraft miles north of Vancouver, BC, is a virtual paradise for those who crave a truly singular fly fishing experience. This is Tsylos Park Lodge. Those fortunate enough to discover Tsylos are treated to an adventure they won't soon forget.

  • A secluded wilderness playground. Tsylos is located on the north end of Chilko Lake, the highest and largest freshwater lake in North America. Once you arrive, you enter an alternate universe—one with snow-capped peaks, canopies of untouched forests, and glaciers that have sculpted out valleys over millions of years. No logging or industrial development here. Just nature at its purest.
  • Crystal-blue waters filled with wild fat trout. Our guests have fly-fished all over the world, but tell us that Chilko is absolutely unrivaled. No artificial stocking here; the Chilko River and Lake are thriving with wild, native rainbow trout, bull trout, and are the home and spawning grounds of steelhead, Chinook, Sockeye, and Coho salmon. Our rainbows average 18”, but a 24-incher is not unheard of!
  • All styles of fly fishing. Whether you're a novice or seasoned angler, you're free to fish the way you like. Wade the bank or float a line from a drift boat, jet sled, or float-tube. The fish are strong and healthy here—and they're fighters! It's not uncommon to see your fish torpedo across the surface of the water, cartwheel, jump repeatedly, and snap you off in an explosion of color and heart-stopping action.
  • An escape from modern life. At Tsylos, you can truly unplug, unwind, and let go. There are no cell phones, no Internet, no clutter or crowds—just face-to-face conversations, infectious laughter, and simple pleasures. This is a rare opportunity to disconnect from the hustle of everyday life and just breathe.
  • Fascinating people: On your Tsylos trip, you'll have the chance to bond with others who share your passion for fly fishing, Tsylos is sought-after by people who value quality and have a zest for adventure. Here, old bonds are renewed and new ones are born. Even single travelers feel welcomed and included in our small, intimate group of guests.
  • Family-owned: Tsylos Park Lodge has been owned and operated by the McLean family for over 50 years. We've earned a solid reputation for delivering exceptional hospitality and distinctive vacation experiences.

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"This for me was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The accommodations, food, scenery and fishing were all fantastic. Beautiful beyond words!"
- Chuck Burrow, USA

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We take care of the details - All you need to do is show up and enjoy!

Our packages are designed by fly fishers for fly fishers. Just pick a package, choose a date, and tell us who you're bringing with you. Then, leave the rest to us, you don't need to worry about a thing except packing a bag, clearing your schedule, and getting to Vancouver, BC, and boarding the plane.

  • Round-trip charter 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 (canoeing, hiking, lake trip, drift boat trip)
  • Boats and gas

Have a companion who's not into fly fishing?

At Tsylos Lodge, in addition to the fly fishing, you can take a day off to kayak, hike, or join a ride. If you are traveling with someone who doesn't like to fly fish, they can join us for a horseback riding package or a wildlife photography package. We offer other packages to keep your travel partner happy while you're fishing:

  • Horseback riding trips
  • Wilderness pack trips
  • Grizzly bear & wildlife photography trips

When to visit us

Our fly fishing season starts mid-June, with the dry-fly fishing season in July and August. We fly fish until mid-September. Our lodge season extends for the horse riding and grizzly bear viewing season until mid-October.

The only hard part about Tsylos is going home. Want to learn more? Download our brochure for trip details and photos.

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.

Reviews

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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