Wild Trout Policy for Your Canadian Fly Fishing Trip at Tsylos Park Lodge
Sustainable Wild Fishery
We are determined to preserve the Chilko River and are proud to call it a true sustainable fishery. In keeping with the ethos of sustainability it needs all of us to contribute to its preservation in a shared goal for the future. The Rainbow and Bull Trout of this river system (and all rivers) must be handled minimally and with the respect they deserve in a bid to preserve them for future generations to come.
Our goal is to ensure the Chilko River and Chilko Lake species remain a true wild native species. These beautiful fish are a finite resource. We ask all guests to participate in helping us maintain a population of strong and healthy native trout.
Wild Rainbows Forever
The Chilko is an incredible pristine fishery. We want to keep it that way forever. So you, your kids, or grandkids can experience a truly pristine system with native wild trout.
We feel strongly about the Chilko water system and started practicing and promoting catch and release fishing in 1985. The main reason, we never wanted to see “stocked trout” in the Chilko system.
Our Goal is to Keep the Quantity and Health of our Wild Trout Intact. No Stocking of Hatchery Fish Here
The Chilko watershed is a very special spot in the world and we would appreciate it, if you can help us keep it that way.
Thank you, the McLean’s
Wild Fish Angling Policy
We practice and promote catch and release fishing of all species in the Chilko watershed with with the least amount of handling possible. If you land a particularly memorable fish then, with reserves, our guides will only be too happy to help with a quick and hassle free photo.
Tips For Catch & Release
Catch and release is effective providing you do it properly, so a few tips to make sure your fish returns to the wild, strong, healthy, and alive.
Please use clean, sharp barbless hooks for a quick release of the trout.
Use proper leaders that the fish is not played to exhaustion.
For large trout use a rubber net (debate goes on) for a faster catch and quicker release, less handling, and if needed, resting the trout prior to letting it go. Otherwise do a hands-free release, meaning do not touch the fish, just gently remove the bar while it is in the water and let it go.
If you catch a fish while wading, keep the fish in the water, do not drag it onto the rocks, and remove the fly gently, and let the fish go. If it is tired, make sure it is rested prior to doing so.
It is best to keep the fish in the water so it can keep breathing. If you bring it out of the water for a quick photo, you can only keep it out for ten seconds, otherwise you are damaging the fish.
If you are using waders and boots in multiple watersheds, make sure you keep and disinfect your equipment and boots. You do not want to transfer invasive species or viruses between watersheds. If you are bringing your own boots, please make sure you clean them properly before arrival. If you are concerned, we keep a supply of extra Orvis waders and wading boots at your disposal.
The Chilko has both resident and non-resident fish spawning, hatching, and emerging at different times of the season. We keep wading to the shelves and avoid wading in the gravel beds.
We do not anchor in the spawning beds. Dragging an anchor through the gravel beds destroys key fishing spawning habitat.