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

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Tsylos Park Lodge


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Tsylos Provincial Park, British Columbia

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The Story

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.

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.

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.

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

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of Lifetime I returned a week ago from Tsylos and its one of the few trips I've taken where the experience surpassed the advertising. This is the real deal if you like beautiful scenery, clear water, scrappy trout and a chance at bull trout. The accommodations are exceptional and the food was phenomenal. The guides are friendly fun and work extremely hard to make this a trip of a lifetime.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fishing, Great Surrounding, Great People You can not beat the combination of GREAT FISHING - BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AND OUTSTANDING HOST......This is what you get at Tyslos Lodge. I just returned from my first, but not last visit to this Lodge and area. The fishing was second only to Alaska in size and numbers. 18 - 19 Inch Rainbows all day. The scenery is truly breathtaking, expecially for a Texan. Snow cover peaks, crystal clear water and cool mornings. Karen and her enftire staff go above and beyond to make you feel at home and make sure you are taken care of. You will never leave the dinner table hungry after a great family style dinner. Book early, as mamy guest book before leaving each year. What more can be said about any lodge that has such a high percentage of returning guest. PS - Meeting folks from all over world and the horse riders was a bonus to us on this trip.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A week better than ever I just returned from the first week in July 2015, my fourth trip in five years. The fishing gets better as each year passes. This year our experience was more rises, more catches, bigger, and stronger. Truly catch and release is working on this river. Our guides were better than ever: more experienced, more savvy about flies and location, and just fine all around fishing companions. The weather was not typical, however, Every day was quite warm. An occasional wading the river was a relief and an opportunity to swing some big bugs to great affect. Join me next year in June.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Week My friend and I just returned from an incredible week at Tsylos in early July. From the moment we arrived until the time we left, Karen McLean and her staff rolled out the red carpet to make our stay an amazing one. The friendliness and warm hospitality of the entire staff made us feel like guests in their home. They truly know how to make each visitor feel welcome and special. The fishing on the Chilko River was amazing, not to mention the scenery. We fished mostly dry flies and each caught an average of 10+ rainbow trout per day, several approaching 24 inches. Our guides (Josh, Pat, and Jack) had a passion for fly-fishing and were very knowledgeable about the prime spots to fish, the current hatch, and the best flies to use. My friend and I were interested in improving our casting techniques and all three guides were great coaches who gave us helpful tips and feedback – we all agreed that our casting had really improved by the end of the week! The scenery on the river was stunning – as we floated along the crystal clear waters of the Chilko, surrounded by majestic pines and beautiful snow-capped mountains, I had to pinch myself to make sure I was really there! As if the great fishing wasn’t enough, we had the added thrill on several occasions of seeing grizzly bears feeding along the river bank as we were en route to our next fishing spot. We were able to watch and photograph them at close distance from the boat until they ran off into the brush – what an amazing sight! The lodge itself was warm and cozy and the perfect gathering place for meals and activities. Breakfast and dinner were served family-style around a long table, where guests and staff shared stories about the day’s adventures. The food was fresh and delicious, prepared with a smile by Lauren, the lodge’s full-time cook. After dinner, we gathered in the lodge on several occasions to play games by the crackling fire with other guests and staff. For those who want to experience some of the other activities available at Tsylos, we found that horseback riding was a great option. The lodge wranglers (Dave and Teresa) were more than willing to tailor the destination and duration of our ride to match our interests. Dave led my friend and I on a half-day ride to the top of a nearby mountain, where we stopped to enjoy lunch and a stunning view of the Chilko River. While it was hard to pull ourselves away from fishing for a day, we thoroughly enjoyed the responsive horses, Dave’s entertaining stories, and the amazing views that we wouldn’t have seen any other way! I can’t say enough about the wonderful experience at Tsylos – I would highly recommend a week here to anyone who is interested in great fly-fishing, stunning mountain scenery, wildlife viewing, and over-the-top hospitality!
Date published: 2014-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long summer days of delight 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.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience 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!
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tsylos Park Lodge 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.
Date published: 2014-07-13
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