Mar 19th, 2015
This storybook Canadian wilderness lodge offers you that genuine “off the grid” wilderness experience that many of us crave. Whether you’re a group of friends, an adult family, or spending some romantic time with your partner, Tsylos truly offers you a wilderness hideaway far from the crowds.
The Chilko area is wild, remote, and stunningly beautiful! Seldom visited and largely untouched, Chilko is a gem. Few people have discovered it, but once discovered it is rarely forgotten. There are few areas in the world as beautiful to explore. Surrounded by the exquisite beauty of Chilko Lake and the B.C. Coastal Mountain range, you’ll have a chance to kick back and enjoy the vast surrounding view. Whether you’re dreaming of a fly fishing trip, guided grizzly bear viewing tours, big game hunts or a wide range of sophisticated riding options, Tsylos Lodge has it all.
Expert Interview with Charles Gehr
Where is the lodge?
Tsylos Park Lodge is located 180 air miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia at the north end of Chilko Lake.
How do I get there?
To get to Tsylos Park Lodge you will need to make travel arrangements to and from Vancouver, British Columbia. Packages at Tsylos Park Lodge run from Sunday to Sunday. You should plan on arriving and spending Saturday night in Vancouver. On Sunday morning you will need to arrange for a vehicle transfer to the Esso Avitat Building, where you will catch the charter aircraft to the Puntzi Lake Airstrip. There you will be met by lodge staff who will drive you to the lodge.
Why should I go?
Chilko Lake and River are incredibly beautiful and the river has very healthy rainbows that eat dry flies. Add to that a family run lodge with a great atmosphere.
When should I go?
For great dry fly fishing I’d suggest July 1 – August 15. Fishing is good late June with nymphs and streamers.
Where do they fish?
Chilko River and Chilko Lake.
How do they fish?
During the prime fly fishing season, all the river fishing is with dry flies. On lake days anglers will fish streamers on sink-tip lines.
What fish will I catch?
Rainbow trout in the river and bull trout in the lake.
Where do we stay?
Guests stay in bedrooms in one of the four cabins on the property. Each bedroom is set up to accommodate two people and has a private bathroom.
Is there wade fishing?
Yes! On lake days all the fishing is done on foot at creek mouths. When fishing the river guests have the opportunity to get out and wade fish any number of spots.
Is there internet and cell service?
No. Plan on being (blissfully) disconnected for the week you’re at the lodge.
Does the lodge provide equipment?
The lodge has rods and reels available as back-ups but guests should plan on bringing their own.
What is your favorite rod for the trip?
On the river I can deliver a large dry fly anywhere it needs to be with my 9′ 5-weight. On the lake days a 7-weight rod in the 9’6″ – 10′ range is great for throwing streamers.
Are there other activities?
Tsylos Park Lodge is a world-class horseback riding destination. There are plenty of trails for hiking. In September and October guests trade in their fly rods for cameras to photograph the surrounding area as well as the abundant bear population.
What is your favorite memory of this trip?
Well I’ll never forget seeing a nice rainbow trout rise to my fly so aggressively that it came completely out of the water on the eat, but my favorite day was spent soaking up the beauty of Chilko Lake and hearing Bud McLean’s stories.
What are the physical demands?
Although activities like hiking and horseback riding can be rigorous, the fishing is not. In fact guests can decide how much they want to wade fish, if at all.
Are there other special skills required?
Only a willingness to disconnect from the world for a week and reconnect with one’s self in the outdoors.
Dangers and annoyances?
Horseback riding has inherent risks and, while sightings are rare during the fishing seasons, there are grizzly bears in the region.