24 November 2013

Orvis Endorses


We knew we had something special here and now Orvis knows it too!

In August 2013 Simon Perkins, Senior Manager of Sporting Traditions and filmmaker, and Tom Evenson, Western Director of Orvis Endorsed Operations, joined us at Tsylos Park Lodge. They came to check us out as a potential Orvis Endorsed fly fishing lodge. An Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge is researched, vetted, and selected by experts who bring their vast expertise in fly fishing and travel to choosing the finest lodges worldwide on your behalf; saving you the work, time, and energy you’d spend to find a lodge on your own.

We passed with flying colors and Tsylos Park Lodge is now joining Orvis as one of their Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodges!  With only ten endorsed fly fishing lodges in Canada, and 49 in the United States, we are proud to be one of their newest members.

Here is what Simon and Tom had to say about their experience at Tsylos Park Lodge.

The Tsylos Park Lodge resources “hit the ball out of the park for its natural resources, the people, and the flavor”.

The health and beauty of the natural resource was an amazing adventure for the eyes, from flying over the Coast Mountains, seeing the ancient glaciers, landing on an airstrip in the middle of nowhere, the turquoise blue waters of Chilko Lake, the grizzly bears along the river, the phenomenal dry fly fishing for wild rainbow trout. It’s very unique and definitely an Adventure. 

What they also loved about Tsylos was our history and a multigenerational lodge; in 2013 we had three generations of McLean’s working at the lodge. The stories and experiences from each generation bring a unique flavor and authenticity to this lodge, it’s the real deal.

They had traveled to 13 other lodges before visiting Tsylos this summer but our staff “knocked it out of the ball park”. They had nothing but great things to say about them; knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The flavor of the lodge was relaxed and unpretentious with its open kitchen and family style dinning. It creates an intimate, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels a part of Tsylos.

They appreciated the care and attention of the natural environment that is always considered in anything we do at Tsylos. Chilko takes care of us; it is our privilege and honor to be able to take care of Chilko. 

What they felt made Tsylos also very unique was the variety of the activities, not only did it have great fly fishing, but offered excellent horse riding, canoeing, kayaking, and a photography package.  Simon Perkins stated “this would be a lodge to bring my friends, as it offers not only great fly fishing but a variety of other activities for my non-fishing friends”.  It’s hard to find one lodge that has all these activities like Tsylos does.

Here is what I like about the Orvis Company

Orvis was founded in 1856, about a hundred years older than our company, but I like it’s multigenerational.  Orvis donates five percent of pre-tax profits each year to protecting nature. So it isn’t just about selling products. It’s giving back to nature’s gifts and helping to keep them safe and healthy for now and in the future.  I love this!  You can read more about Orvis on their website at www.orvis.com.