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 on British Columbia's Chilko River in a private and exclusive Canadian wilderness setting, with accommodations at Orvis-endorsed Tsylos Park Lodge. Nestled within the Pacific Coast Mountains, 180 aircraft miles north of Vancouver, BC, is a virtual wilderness paradise. This is Tsylos Park Lodge. Those fortunate enough to discover Tsylos are treated to an adventure they won't soon forget.

Tsylos is located on the Chilko River and 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. No artificial stocking here—the Chilko River and Lake are home to wild, native, rainbow trout, and bull trout, and are the home and spawning grounds of steelhead, Chinook, Sockeye, and Coho salmon. Our rainbows average 18", but 24" is not unheard of!

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.

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.

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. We're family-owned. Tsylos Park Lodge has been owned and operated by the McLean family for over 60 years. We've earned a solid reputation for delivering exceptional hospitality and distinctive vacation experiences. 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, getting to Vancouver, BC, and boarding the plane.

Accommodations

Tsylos Park Lodge provides a warm and welcoming gathering place to enjoy good times with your fellow travelers. Situated adjacent to the Chilko River, the location of the lodge and guest cabins all take advantage of offering you beautiful views of the river, valley, and the Coast Mountains.

The lodge holds the dining area, the great room with a big stone fireplace, a fully-stocked bar with a nice selection of beer, wine and spirits, Jacuzzi, barbecue area, and big decks. The lodge is a great place to share a drink, play a great game of cards, soak in the Jacuzzi overlooking the river, or take advantage of the big deck while viewing millions of stars. Of course, an option is to sit by the roaring fire sharing a great story of the day.

Our accommodations include cabins or rooms designed for quiet and comfort.

We accommodate 14 guests in log cabins or suites. Each unit is set up for two persons and offers private bathrooms, comfy beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, duvets, gas fireplaces, or a wood burning stove. Daily maid services keep your room clean and tidy and supplied with fresh towels everyday.

Food & Drink

Meals are prepared fresh by our chef and served family style at the lodge. Each day everyone sits down together 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.

At Tsylos we have a fully stocked bar with an assortment of spirits, beer, and fine wines. After a great day of fishing, it’s the perfect spot to share stories of the day while you sample the tasty appetizers made by our in house chef. If you have a special order, just let us know, and if we can, we will order it in.

FAQs

Season:

Our lodge opens in mid-June and runs to mid-October with our dry-fly fishing season focused in July to the first of week of September. Our horse riding season is mid-June to mid-October. oour wildlife photography season is September and October.

Species:

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, 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. You are likely to 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 10 lbs.

Region/Terrain:

Crystal Clear Waters of the Chilko River

Imagine your perfect big, western trout stream and you're imagining the Chilko River. The character of the river is punctuated with long, deep pools, riffles, boulder gardens, shelves, structure, white water, and braided channels all of which offer a wide variety of fishing opportunities. The river is crystal clear and it's common to see large trout slowly rising from the river bed to take your fly. The constant flow and temperature of the river maximize insect hatches and the growth of the resident fish. The river flows out of Chilko Lake which acts as a natural filtration system, ensuring consistent water flow and its legendary clarity. The Chilko River then continues north easterly through the Chilcotin plateau and meets the Chilcotin River which, in turn, pours into the mighty Fraser River.

Typical Weather:

At Tsylos, we are located in the mountains in a semi-arid climate. Within a normal day you can experience a wide range of temperatures, from very cool to very hot. Temperatures during our summer season can range from a morning frost to 100 F. The best defense is to dress in layers, bring sunscreen, lip balm, and good hat.

Rates:

Rates start from: US$ 5695 for a seven night package.
You can find all pricing information at: www.tsylos.com/fly-fishing-package

What is Provided:

Our seven night package includes:

  • Round-trip charter flight, Vancouver to Tsylos
  • Seven nights accommodations based on two people sharing
  • One guide for each two anglers, boat, gas
  • All meals and cocktail snacks
  • Wine with dinner

Guides keep an assortment of flies in the boat. Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, riding must be pre-arranged.

Gear Recommendations:

Due to the fly-fishing opportunities on Chilko River and Chilko Lake, a variety of fly-fishing gear is recommended. Overall a 5 or 6 wt. fly rod ranging from 9 to 9_ feet is a good choice for the Chilko River. A 7 wt. rod is optimum for wet fly fishing on Chilko Lake. Fly-Line and Leader, Weight-forward dry lines with 9 ft. long 3X or 4X leaders are best for dry fly fishing on the Chilko River. For fishing the creek mouths on Chilko Lake, you will need a fairly fast sinking line with 5 ft. 2X leaders. Be sure and bring 3X tippet. Waders and Float Tubes. For wading the river we suggest breathable or neoprene chest waders and the wading boots should have rubber soles, (cleats are not necessary).

What to Bring:

What to Bring for All Guests
Camera, film, batteries, flashlight, sun screen, and bug juice, raincoat and pants, jeans or comfortable pants, shorts, swim suit, warm jacket, fleece jacket or sweater, warm socks, warm gloves, warm hat, brimmed hat, toiletries, special, medications, water bottle.

Other:

Where do I catch the plane?
Our charter flight leaves from the Signature Building located at 5360 Airport Road, Richmond, BC.

What type of plane is it?
We only use twin-engine aircraft from a King Air to a Beech 1900 with experienced bush pilots manning the planes.

Is there a baggage allowance on the plane?
Yes, there is a maximum weight limit of all luggage at 45 lbs. per person in sof-sided luggage.

When do I catch the plane and what time does it get back to Vancouver the following Sunday?
Our charter aircraft leaves Vancouver at 9:30 am on Sunday morning. You must be at the airport at 8:45 am as the pilots start loading the plane at 9:00 am. The following Sunday, the plane returns you to Vancouver around noon. We ask you not to make connecting flights from Vancouver prior to 3:30 pm. This allows you time to transfer between airports, and to clear customs.

Do we fish the first day of arrival?
You arrive at Tsylos in time for a hot lunch and an overview of the week ahead. After you get situated in your accommodations, you can gear up and we head out for an afternoon fly fish.

Do you have cell phone coverage and Wi-Fi at the lodge?
We are very blessed that there is no cell phone coverage or Wi-Fi here. I do have internet in the office, but it is limited. Don't worry, if someone needs to contact you for an emergency, they can contact the lodge phone number or Karen's email, and she will make sure you get the message. If you need to contact someone while at the lodge, you are more than welcome to use the office for brief periods of time.

Is there 24-hour electricity in our cabins or rooms?
We have 24-hour electricity at the lodge supplied by solar panels and a 48 volt battery bank and a backup generator.

Is there running water?
Yes, we have excellent soft water at the lodge that is gravity feed and runs 24 hours a day. You will love our showers.

Can a beginner fly-fishing person come to Tsylos Park Lodge?
Yes. We have excellent guides that are great teachers for anyone needing instructions. Our guides will be more than happy to assist you.

Additional Activities:

At Tsylos, we offer a seven-night horse riding package catering to intermediate to advanced riders. We have many couples where one person loves to ride and the other loves to fish, this is perfect. Check out here: https://www.tsylos.com/horseback-riding-vacations

We also offer a seven-night grizzly bear and photography week during our September and October season. You can check the package out here: www.tsylos.com/grizzly-bear-watching-bc

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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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