The Tyee Club of British Columbia began in 1924 with a group of anglers who returned to Campbell River each year in pursuit of the elusive “Tyee” – a coastal Indian word meaning, “the chief”, a Chinook salmon, 30 pounds or larger.
Tyee fishing here is different. You’ll fish quietly in small, classic row boats. No motors are allowed in the Tyee pool.
The rower will slip the boat into the currents and eddies of the pool, keeping a basic plug or spoon beating in the current.
The angler must stay focused on the action of the lure as it is felt in the hand as much as being seen by the beating of the rod tip. With the slightest change in the beat, the hook must be set, fast and hard.
The battle with a Pacific Chinook Salmon is on – anything can happen!
If the fish is boated, and weighs 30 pounds or more, the catch is recorded and the angler becomes a member of the Tyee Club!