Regulations

Rules and Regulations – Condensed Version

The following rules are an extract of the regulations and are to be used for quick reference only. For the regulations in their entirety, please check the Official Regulations.

Tackle Requirements

Rules

Tackle

The word tackle shall be defined as consisting of rod, reel, line, leader, and lure.

  • Rod The rod must be between 6 and 9 feet long. It may be made of wood, glass, cane, synthetic or tubular metal.
  • Reel The reel must be hand operated. Electric or spring-wound automatic reels are excluded. No slipping or clutch mechanisms are allowed in single action reels. It is suggested that the reel has a minimum capacity of 250 yards of line.
  • Line and Line TestingThe line must have a breaking strength of 20 lb. or less. Line testing shall be performed by the Weigh-master using the Official testing weight of the Tyee Club.
  • Leader The use of a leader is optional. If used, it must be less than 6 feet in length.
  • Lure The lure may be any type of artificial lure that has one single barb-less hook only, and its basic use is for trolling. Lures designed for jigging, spinning, still fishing, attraction by electronic or other means shall be excluded.
  • Use of depth sounders or any electronic devices for fish detection are not allowed.

Rules

  • Anyone may compete in the Annual Tournament. Along with Life and Active club members, other anglers may compete by registering or filing an “intent to register” with the weigh master or a club director prior to angling. A fee is charged to compete. Anglers under the age of sixteen do not have to pay the registration fee.

    Annual fee for active members: $30.00

    Annual non-member registration fee: $20.00

    Junior Anglers, sixteen years and younger: Free

    Note: Registration is free, but you must still register prior to fishing

  • Non-member registration for one day of fishing only: $10.00

Note: Upon registering a Tyee, you will be required to pay an additional $20.00 fee to qualify as an active member.

Life Time Memberships: $500.00

  • Any applicant for membership must qualify by taking a Tyee salmon of at least 30 pounds, on approved tackle, from an approved boat.
  • Qualifying fish must be taken from the waters of Discovery Passage during the open season for the club. The boundaries and the open dates should be confirmed at the Club House.
  • All fish taken under the Tyee Club rules must be caught on a single hook and artificial lure. The use of natural baits is not permitted.
  • All qualifying fish must be taken from a boat that is rowed or paddled. Trolling must not be done with a motor of any kind.
  • Outboard motors may be used for transportation only and should be tilted up while fishing to avoid any entanglement while fishing.
  • People fishing under Tyee Club regulations are required to adhere to all Department of Fisheries and Oceans regulations including, but not limited to, catch limits.
  • In the case of a tie in weights, the first fish officially registered shall be considered the winner.
  • The angler must bring their fish to the net or gaff by use of a rod or reel only. The guide or another angler in the boat may assist, but only if the angler’s line tangles with another, catches on the propeller or is fouled by other objects. The angler may also get assistance to release the weight, if required.
  • Registration of qualifying fish and line testing may only be done by the official weigh master of the Club, by members of the tackle committee, or by someone duly appointed by the Board of Directors.

Official Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations – Full Version

In case of a discrepancy between the rules published on this website and the written rules, including any rules that have been updated and/or amended by the Board of Directors since the most recently published Year Book, the latter will be deemed as correct.

In case of a discrepancy between the rules published on this website and the written rules appearing in the most recently published Year Book plus any amendments to the rules since the most recently published Year Book, the latter will be deemed as the correct version.

General

Motor Restriction Area Map

Rowing Requirement

Approved Tackle

Registering to Fish

Fish Qualification

Fish Disqualification

Protests

Buttons and Awards

Etiquette on the Water

GENERAL

1. To be eligible for membership in The Tyee Club of British Columbia and for any of the Tyee
Club’s buttons or awards, an angler must fish in accordance with these Rules and Regulations and
in accordance with the current Department of Fisheries and Oceans Regulations.

2. Qualifying fish must be taken from the waters of Discovery Passage bounded on the north by
Seymour Narrows and on the south by a line extending due west from Cape Mudge.

3. The Tyee Club fishing season each year begins on July 15th and ends on September 15th
except as may be modified by regulations issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

4. No more than two qualifying fish may be taken in one day. Season limits are those of the
Department of Fisheries and Oceans. A qualifying fish is a salmon taken in accordance with these
Rules and regulations and weighing at least 30 pounds.

 

ROWING REQUIREMENT

1. Fish may be taken only while trolling from a boat that is being rowed or paddled. No motor
power may be used while fishing or landing a fish.

2. Trolling is defined as the method of fishing by which the lure is drawn behind a boat which
is moving in relation to the water.

3. Outboard motors may be used only for transportation to and from the fishing grounds and
should be tilted while fishing to avoid line entanglement. Motors must not be used in the area
designated by the Canada Shipping Act.

APPROVED TACKLE

1. The word tackle shall be defined as consisting of rod, reel, line, leader, and lure.

2. The rod shall have a minimum length of six feet and a maximum of nine feet. It may be made
of wood, cane, glass, synthetic material, or tubular metal.

3. The reel may be any hand-operated type. Electric or spring wound automatic reels are excluded.
No slipping or clutch mechanisms are allowed in single action reels. It is suggested that the reel has
a minimum capacity of 250 yards of line.

4. The line shall be of linen or synthetic material. The Tyee Club line test requires that the line
breaks before lifting the “Official Testing Device”. The Official Testing Device weighs 26.25
pounds. It should be remembered that most synthetic lines are much stronger than advertised and that they
may be tested following immersion in water for two hours at room temperature. Line labeled 20 pounds will
normally pass the line test.

5. The use of a leader is optional. When used, it shall be 6 feet or less in length. The line may be
doubled for a length of three feet or less at its attachment to the leader.

6. The lure may be any type of artificial lure that has one single barb-less hook only, and its basic
use is for trolling. Lures designed for jigging, spinning, still fishing, or attraction by electronic or
sonic means shall be excluded. Any lure about which there is doubt as to the acceptability should be
referred to the Tackle Committee for a ruling prior to fishing.

7. Use of depth sounders or any electronic devices for fish detection are not allowed.

REGISTERING TO FISH

1. To be eligible for membership in The Tyee Club of British Columbia and for any of The Tyee Club’s
buttons or awards, an angler must register, prior to fishing, with the Weighmaster at the Tyee
Clubhouse on the Spit or by qualified personas at other locations designated by The Tyee Club. An angler
need not register more than once each season.

2. If an angler encounters difficulty in registering prior to fishing, an “intent to register”
will suffice. Prior to fishing, an “intent to register” can be accomplished by an angler doing
any one of the following:

  • notifying any Director of The Tyee Club
  • notifying the Weighmaster
  • signing up on the “intent to register” board at the Tyee Clubhouse

Notification can be made by telephone or in person. Within 24 hours of giving notice of “intent to
register”,  the angler must complete registration by paying the registration fee and providing
the required  information to the Weigh-master.

3. Annual fee for active members: $30.00

Annual non-member registration fee: $20.00

Junior Anglers, sixteen years and younger: Free

Note: Registration is free, but you must still register prior to fishing
Non-member registration for one day of fishing only: $10.00

Note: Upon registering a Tyee, you will be required to pay an additional $20.00 fee to qualify as an active member.

Life Time Memberships: $500.00

4. The Tyee Club urges every angler to have his or her line tested by the Weighmaster prior to fishing
although such testing is not required.

FISH QUALIFICATION

1. An applicant for membership must qualify by taking a salmon of 30 pounds, minimum weight, while
fishing in accordance with these Rules and Regulations.

2. Every angler must bring his or her fish to gaff or net by us of rod and reel only, and unaided,
except that the guide or other angler in the same boat may net or gaff the fish and loosen the lead. The
guide or other angler may also aid the angler if his or her line tangles with another line, catches on a
propeller, or is fouled by other objects.

3. All fish must be weighed and recorded, on the date of capture, at the Tyee Clubhouse in order to be
eligible for qualification and Club competition.

4. The club expressly reserves the right to require an additional line test and to call for an
examination of tackle whenever such action may be deemed advisable. The current practice is for the
Weighmaster to randomly test the tackle of anglers entering qualifying fish.

5. Qualifying fish, which are of a weight that may result in the angler winning any of the Club awards,
will require immediate testing of the line, whether or not the line has been previously tested.

6. In case of a tie in weights of fish, the first officially registered shall be considered the winner.

FISH DISQUALIFICATION

Except as provided in section E, the following acts or omissions will disqualify a catch:

1. a broken rod

2. hand-lining a Fish

3. any person, other than the angler, touching the rod or reel while the angler is fighting the fish

4. hand-lining the double line or the use of a boatman’s hand line, snapped on or in any way attached
to the double line or leader.

5. failure to comply with tackle regulations

6. shooting a fish

7. throwing a gaff at the fish before leader is within reach of the boatman

8. use of a lily iron, harpoon, lance, or gaff over four feet in length

9. anyone other than the angler and one gaffer assisting in gaffing or killing a fish.

10. the mutilation of the fish by sharks, seals, or other sources, that in the judgement of the Board of Directors will have affected the fighting qualities of the fish.

11. fishing from an anchored boat

12. use of motor while fishing

PROTESTS

1. Any protest based upon a possible violation of the Rules and Regulations by an angler must be made
to a member of the Executive Committee of The Tyee Club within 24 hours after the weight of the fish is
recorded. Such protest must be filed in writing.

2. Within ten days of the filing of the protest, the Executive Committee of the Tyee Club shall meet to
evaluate the protest.

3. After investigating all circumstances relating to the protest, and after considering all available
evidence and hearing all pertinent testimony, the Executive Committee shall rule on the merits of the
protest. Such ruling shall be final.

BUTTONS AND AWARDS

Buttons are available for purchase by anglers who have taken a qualifying fish according to the Rules
and Regulations of The Tyee Club of British Columbia. Members may purchase one button for each qualifying
salmon.

The Club buttons shall be:

1. Bronze button for Tyee salmon weighing 30 pounds or over, but under 40 pounds.

2. Silver button for Tyee salmon weighing 40 pounds and over, but under 50 pounds.

3. Gold button for Tyee salmon weighing 50 pounds and over, butunder 60 pounds.

4. Diamond button for Tyee salmon weighing 60 pounds and over, but under 70 pounds.

5. Ruby button for Tyee salmon weighing 70 pounds and over.

6. Tyee Man button which is presented to the angler taking the largest Tyee salmon for the tournament.

7. Catch and Release button.

Catch and release has been used for many years by anglers throughout the world in an effort to conserve
fish stocks. Scientists now agree, generally, that the survival rate of released fish is sufficiently high
enough to have a beneficial effect upon fish population. The Tyee Club offers, for sale, a Catch and
Release button to any angler who chooses to release, rather than take, a salmon, providing the following
conditions are met:

  • -the angler must be an active or life member of The Tyee Club, or must have registered previously a
    fish which, if approved by; the Board of Directors of The Tyee Club, would qualify the angler for
    membership
  • -the fish must have been caught and released while fishing in accordance with these Rules and
    Regulations
  • -the fish must be released in good condition
  • -both the angler and the guide must estimate the weight of the fish to be at least 30 pounds
  • -the angler’s name, the guide’s name, and the estimated weight of the fish must be given to the
    weighmaster at The Tyee Clubhouse on the same day the fish was caught and released.

The Tyee Club encourages the practice of catch and release of fish of all sizes, when the fish can be
released in a healthy condition.

Trophies will be awarded to anglers taking fish according to the Rules and Regulations of The Tyee Club
of British Columbia in various categories as follows:

1. Tyee Man Trophy is presented to the angler taking the largest Tyee of the season.

2. Lillian J. Sparrow Trophy is presented to the female angler taking the largest Tyee of the season by
a female.

3. Ballentine Trophy is presented to the angler taking the largest pair of Tyee in one day during the
season.

4. Gavin Chisholm Trophy is presented to the angler taking the largest Tyee using a single action reel
in the season.

5. Les McDonald Award is presented to the angler who takes the first Tyee of the season.

6. Dr. Julien E. Benjamin Trophy is presented to the guide whose anglers take the largest number of
Tyee during the season.

7. W.C. Mainwaring Trophy is presented to the guide whose angler takes the largest Tyee of the season.

8. Dr. Richard Murphy Trophy is presented to the guide who rows the most new members into the Tyee Club
during the season.

9. Raven Trophy is presented to the junior angler, 16 years of age and under, who takes the largest
fish of the season, in that age group.

10. Isfeld Trophy is presented to the angler who takes the largest pair of fish on separate days of the
season.

ETIQUETTE ON THE WATER

1. The Tyee Club expects all anglers and rowers to observe certain common courtesies while fishing and
while travelling to and from the fishing grounds.

2. Canadian Coast Guard regulations require that no motor power be permitted within the Tyee Pool.
Motoring is permissible outside the boundaries , including a strip along the shore west of the low water
mark.

3. The Club asks all anglers and rowers to encourage good sportsmanship and  to be courteous to
all anglers.

4. When a fish is hooked the angler/rower should serve notice to others in the area by
conveying a loud “fish on” warning. Nearby anglers should immediately retrieve their
lines to avoid fouling. The rower should endeavour to manoeuver the fish to deeper water, away
from the other boats, as soon as reasonably practical, to allow others to resume fishing.

For your convenience we have also provided a copy of our Safety and Etiquette brochure.