Fish On! 100 Years of the Tyee Club

For 100 years, anglers have been gathering from July to September off the shores of Campbell River in the hopes of catching a Tyee, a Chinook salmon weighing 30 pounds or more. Surprisingly, the preferred way is the hard way. Equipped with an artificial lure, 26.25-pound test line in their reels and propelled by their own ability to row, success for these anglers is far from certain. But that is precisely the point. Reeling in a Tyee according to these strict rules gives the fish a fair chance and, for the successful angler, membership into the Tyee Club of British Columbia.  

Since 1924, the Tyee Club has been promoting sportsmanship in catching the large salmon that spawn in the waters of the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers. The Club has survived economic depression, world war, and a global pandemic. Supported by the community and a passionate group of volunteers, it is today one of the oldest institutions in Campbell River. 

See the 100-year span of the Club in the exhibition “Fish On: 100 years of the Tyee Club,” on at the Museum at Campbell River from June 26 to October 6. 

Learn about the returning run of salmon that attracted First Nations and settlers to the area. Dive into the Club’s 100-year history, see the people who made it possible, and hear about their thrilling catches on the water. Read about the current projects the Tyee Club is involved in, from conservation efforts to historical research. 

This exhibition features historical photos, vintage fishing tackle, and archival documents, most of which were donated to the Museum in 2005. These valuable records are a testament to the Tyee Club’s role in making Campbell River a sport fishing mecca of international reputation. 

Fish On: 100 Years of the Tyee Club

Museum at Campbell River respectfully acknowledges the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation, on whose traditional lands we work to preserve, interpret and share the collective human history of North Vancouver Island. The Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation is comprised of the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Our closest neighbors are the Coast Salish Xwemalhkwu, Klahoose and K’ómoks First Nations.

These nations have close connections to the land where Campbell River is located today.

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