As Pure as Fishing Gets
Like clockwork, it happens every year. The excitement of summer and early fall mesh to create a season of its own. It’s a season where dedicated anglers gather at the mouth of the Campbell River in the legendary Tyee pools of Canada.
Tyee fishing is not like any other salmon fishing in British Columbia. It’s as pure as fishing gets. The only sounds you’ll hear are the screaming reels and shouts of encouragement. No motors are allowed, just classic rowboats. If it’s over 30 pounds, it’s a Tyee. But this isn’t easy. Some say the rewards aren’t worth it. However, it’s much sweeter because the challenge is greater. And the pride of catching a Tyee using these classic methods is never-ending. You’ll earn your membership in the exclusive club and be a part of its great tradition. It’s been that way since the club was created in 1925.
What is Tyee Fishing?
Painter’s Lodge offers traditional Tyee fishing from classic rowboats in the Tyee Pools. Anglers who catch a Tyee become members of the Tyee Club of British Columbia. It is open to any anglers who want to test their skill at sport fishing. The rower will slip the boat into the currents and eddies of the pool, allowing the angler to stay focused on the action of the lure. Any change in the beat of the rod tip will signify a strike. It is then up to the angler to set the hook and battle the powerful Chinook to the boat - single-handedly. If the fish is successfully boated and weighs over 30 pounds, the catch is recorded and the angler has earned a membership in the Tyee Club.
What is a Tyee?
The word Tyee comes from the coastal Indian language and means “The Chief” or “Great Leader.” The term is used to describe Chinook or Spring salmon that weigh 30 pounds or more. Campbell River is known as the salmon and Tyee capital of the world and it is here that the Tyee Club was born to celebrate BC salmon fishing.
The Birth Of The Tyee Club
In 1924, three men were socializing in the local hotel. They decided that the Tyee salmon was just as great as the California tuna and, therefore, deserved a club to celebrate, honour and protect the legendary species. The Tyee Club was officially created in 1925 with the formation of a set of rules. It has evolved to include the following objectives:
- Fostering the interest in Canada’s Chinook salmon
- Emphasizing the ideals of sportsmanship
- Standardizing fishing tackle
- Encouraging young people into the craft of guiding and good sportsmanship