Monday, 24 July 2017 09:46

Mill banks cleared

Anglers will find it easier to move around the east bank of the Mill Stream from today. Club vice president Alex Elliott, his nephew Kevin and club secretary Gordon Smith spent Sunday morning strimming long growth around the path and tidied up overgrown banks. This follows Tony Quinn’s sterling efforts in strimming the west bank.

Alex will be out again today strimming the bank down to the MacIntyre. Volunteers are always required to maintain the club’s fishings, especially more of the club’s young and fit members! If you can help, please contact any club official by calling one of the telephone numbers listed in the membership cards.

Cleared: East bank of the Mill Stream

Saturday, 22 July 2017 17:43

Mac delivers for Mike

Mike Campbell had his third fish of the season today with a 6.5 lb specimen from the MacIntyre Pool, safely released. The Mac has been good to Mike this week, delivering earlier fish of 11 lbs and 8 lbs.

Saturday, 22 July 2017 16:08

Mill car park closed

Inverness Angling Club members, and visitors to the club’s Ness fishings, are advised that the anglers’ car park at Holm Mills has been closed until further notice as a hole has appeared in the concrete approach. Arrangements have been made for urgent repairs which should be completed by the end of this week. Meanwhile, anglers should use the upper car park at Holm Mills, parking their vehicles at the far end of the area.

Dangerous gap: This part of the car park is a platform over a former lade 

Friday, 21 July 2017 21:23

Service for former president

The funeral service for former Inverness Angling Club president, Aeneas Mackay, will be held at 10.30 am on Monday, July 24, in St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness, thereafter to Kilvean Cemetery. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, 21 July 2017 21:07

More for Jordon

The grilse keep coming and junior club member Jordon Grant keeps catching. Out on the Black Stream today, just above the Palace Pool, Jordon landed grilse of three and four pounds.

Catching: A 3 lb grilse - one of two for Jordon

Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:57

David entertains at the Palace

Today was a right royal one for IAC member David Dyce, once again confirming that it is well worth getting out for a cast on the Ness. Moving down from his favoured Little Isle and Silver Wells Pools, David cast a long fly line into the Palace Pool, just above the main Ness bridge, and immediately hooked a salmon. 

Hundreds of visitors and locals soon gathered around the area to watch the spectacle - concluded in the landing of an 8 lb fish, given a big kiss by David before release! But the entertainment was far from over. As the spectators began to move away David hooked, landed and released two more salmon of 8 and 9 lbs - and, in between, fought and lost another four fish.

A wee bit upstream, another dedicated salmon angler, Aiden Macdonald, was also doing well with grilse of 3.5 lbs from the Silver Wells and 5 lbs from the Little Isle. Both were caught on a Gledswood Shrimp double.

One of two: A wee grilse from the Silver Wells

 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:20

No black for Uisdean’s funeral

The funeral of former club member Uisdean Macdonald will take place on Thursday, July 27, at 1.30 pm in the funeral home of William Fraser on Culduthel Road, Inverness. His son Stuart has advised that Uisdean did not want everyone wearing black.

 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:19

Mike shows the way

As hoped, activity on the club water of the River Ness is beginning to pick up. Mike Campbell is showing the way with a fly caught salmon of 11lbs today from his favourite spot on the MacIntyre Pool. This follows his fish of 8 lbs caught on the same pool on Monday.

 

Monday, 17 July 2017 14:03

Ness season gets a lift

If reported catches are anything to go by, it looks as though good numbers of Ness salmon and grilse are arriving in the river, around their traditional return date of mid-July. To add to the already reported club water catches by Jordon Grant and Martin Nelson, former club president Mike Campbell had a fly-caught fish of 8 lbs from the MacIntyre Pool this morning. And there are unverified reports of visitors catching two salmon, and losing a couple, on the Silver Wells on Saturday. Last week’s verified totals were four for the club water, five for Ness Castle and Laggan and eight for Dochfour.

Members and visitors are reminded that details of all catches of salmon or grilse should be submitted within 24 hours, under Rule 5.2 in the club rules printed in all membership cards and visitor permits. Returns can be made, quickly and simply, by mobile phone on www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk/report-catch or by text to 07831 745394, using the detail set out in permits.

Monday, 17 July 2017 08:17

A second for Martin

Club member Martin Nelson repeated earlier success by landing and releasing a 14 lb salmon taken on fly from the Weir Pool of the River Ness on Saturday (July 15). Martin had a 12 lb springer on fly from the same pool on April 13.

 

Fine fish: Martin's second from the Weir

Monday, 17 July 2017 08:15

Former club president passes away

Retired Police Superintendent Aeneas Mackay, a much-respected former president of Inverness Angling Club, has died. Aeneas, who was 96, passed away on Friday morning, July 18, in an Inverness care home where he and his wife have resided for the past year or so.

 

Friday, 14 July 2017 21:49

Service for Uisdean

A commemorative service is to be held for Uisdean Macdonald who passed away peacefully in Raigmore Hospital on Wednesday (see earlier report). The plan is to scatter Uisdean’s ashes on the River Ness where he spent most of his time over recent years. Any club member who would like to join the commemorative service (date to be arranged) should e-mail or message Uisdean's son Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07528 300247.

Friday, 14 July 2017 21:31

A second for Jordon

It was number two for Inverness Angling Club junior member Jordon Grant today when he caught and released a 4lb grilse at the Little Isle Pool of the Ness. This followed his success on the Silver Wells Pool on Wednesday. Jordon is a busy lad at the moment, combining fishing with casting practise - along with fellow club member Aiden Macdonald - for the forthcoming Centenary Speycasting Tournament on September 1 and 2. More and more fish are running the river so, if you have not yet wet a line, put up your rod and get casting. They are there to be caught!

Lucky lad: Another for Jordon

Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:08

Club ‘character’ fondly remembered

Members of Inverness Angling Club heard the sad news this morning that one of its former members, Uisdean Macdonald, had died. Uisdean, aged 80, had been in failing health for some time and passed away in Raigmore Hospital.

One of the club’s Little Isle ‘characters’, Uisdean was a dedicated Ness angler. In his working days he was a much-travelled man, having spent some years in New Zealand. He will be fondly remembered by his riverside friends.

Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:05

Pinks push further west

Highland and North-East rivers are reporting several catches of fresh-run, non-native Pink salmon.   Two catches have been reported on the Ness and one on the Helmsdale. There is one unverified report of a Pink being caught on the Inverness Angling Club’s water. 

Originally introduced to some Russian rivers in the 1960s, these fish have slowly spread westwards and colonised some northern Norwegian rivers. Those appearing in Scotland are likely to have strayed from Norway. Fisheries Management Scotland have issued an Advice Note available at:

http://fms.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Pinksalmon.pdf

When fresh from the sea, Pacific pink salmon are steel blue to blue-green on their backs, silver on the flanks and white on their bellies. There are large black spots on the backs, upper flanks, adipose fins and tail. Some of the spots on the tail can be as large as fish’s eyes. They are uniform in size, reaching only 40 to 60cms in length.

If you are confident that you have caught a Pink salmon, it should be humanely killed and retained. Captures should be reported to the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board and, if possible, passed to them for further inspection and analysis.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:35

Ness delivers - at last!

Young and old met success on Inverness Angling Club’s Ness fishings this afternoon. Fifteen-year-old Jordon Grant caught a fresh seven pounder from the Silver Wells Pool, below the Infirmary Bridge. Minutes later veteran associate member Walter Ridley, who travels from Hull to spend a fortnight on the water every month of the season, landed a slightly coloured 12lb fish from the Little Isle Pool, further upstream.

It is just reward for the time that Jordon has put into the river in the last several weeks, and into practise for the forthcoming Centenary Speycasting Tournament. And for Walter too; it is his first fish in seven weeks of fishing. He said: “I think I was beginning to lose the will to live: before this I hadn't even had a pull from a fish!”

Is this a sign of better catches to come? Let’s hope so!

 

Sparkling: Jordon's fish

That'll do!: Success for Walter

Monday, 10 July 2017 21:15

River access during major events

Special traffic arrangements are being introduced for major entertainment events in the Bught Park from 1800 on Friday, July 14, to 2350 on Sunday, July 16, and from 1000 to 2359 on Saturday, July 22.  Access arrangements are being made for members of Inverness Angling Club, with access for cars and parking on the Bught side of the river on both weekends.

For all pools upstream of the the Little Isle - Turn off Glenurquhart Road on to Bught Drive. Pass the Leisure Centre and the Ice Rink and turn right on to Bught Road (at General’s Well). Park on right hand side at Inverness Skate Park or at Whin Park. This will be part of a temporary one-way system and motorists are required to exit at the Leisure Centre via Bught Lane on to Bught Drive then on to Glenurquhart Road.

The Highland Council has suggested that anglers may also wish to park within the grounds of the currently disused Maple Court Hotel and access the river from there. Unfortunately, there will be no vehicular access to the Little Isle Pool from the Bught Road/Ballifeary Lane junction. If you wish, you may park up (as above) and walk upstream or downstream to fish the Little Isle.

Because of recent events in Manchester and London, there will be a significant (for the Highlands) security presence in the area. Anglers may be asked, by authorised event personnel, to produce their permits.

Friday, 07 July 2017 11:27

Volunteers wanted for Moy fair

Club members are required for a couple of hours from 6.30 pm on Wednesday, August 2, to help set up Anglers’ Corner for the Highland Field Sports Fair being staged at Moy on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5.

Volunteers are also required to help run Anglers Corner from 0930 each day of the fair.  Free entry tickets will be provided, along with food and refreshments for all those who help the club run this important annual presentation.

If you are able to assist in any way please e-mail club president Graham MacKenzie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or add your name to the lists posted in the club huts. Donations of competition and raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated and may be given to a committee member prior to the event, or handed in on the day.

Friday, 07 July 2017 11:17

Airport promotes salmon festival

Inverness Airport has lent space in its terminal building to promote the forthcoming Scotland’s Salmon Festival and the IAC Centenary Speycasting Tournament. Banners adorn the wall and hang above the baggage reclaim in airport’s arrivals section, along with salmon paintings and poems by local primary schools in a competition organised to raise awareness of salmon and the environment.

 

Celebrating: Pictured (back row, left to right) Steve Bracken, Marine Harvest; Alan Scott, IAC; John MacPherson, festival photographer; Chris Conroy, NDSFB;Frank Spencer-Nairn, festival steering group; and Sarah Bayley, Atlantic Salmon Trust. (Front, left to right) Melanie Manwaring-McKay, festival organiser; Dr Melanie Smith, chair of the festival steering group; Hugo Manwaring-McKay; poem winner Charlie Cartlidge; and William MacPherson.

Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:53

Success for Graham

Saturday was a good day for popular IAC member Graham Ross. Fishing the Little Isle Pool, he landed and safely released a fresh 12lb salmon. Graham and his young daughter Beth both attended the club’s winter fly tying class and are looking forward to a planned restart of the class in the autumn. The big question is - was his cracking catch lured by a fly tied by Dad or daughter?

Delighted: But who tied the fly?

Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:40

Riverside sampling tutorial

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 21:16

Casting Clinics build skills

Inverness Angling Club’s annual series of Casting Clinics swung into their second week on Wednesday with a good attendance of junior and senior anglers seeking to develop their casting skills. The club’s Level 1 coaches were led by three times world speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie and GAIC instructor Frank Durdle. 

Several young novices quickly picked up the basic techniques of trout rod casting on the grass of the Bught Park while speycasters received individual tuition on the adjacent Little Isle Pool of the River Ness.

The Castling Clinics are a key part of IAC’s efforts to promote angling, develop skills and recruit new members. Tuition is free and non-members are welcome. The clinics continue at the Little Isle from 7 to 9 pm each Wednesday to the end of June. Bring a rod if you can but club fly rods for both salmon and trout can be provided.

 

Champion: Scott Mackenzie demonsrates the principles of speycasting

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:37

Appeal for lost fly box

IAC associate member Derek Macaloney is seeking members’ help to find a box of flies he mislaid in the area of the Little Isle Pool. Derek, form Gartcosh, Glasgow, is currently on a week’s visit to the club’s fishings. If any member has found a box of flies, it can be left at the Little Isle hut, in an envelope marked with Derek’s name.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:32

No fish to be taken until July 1

Anglers throughout the Ness system are reminded that mandatory catch and release continues to the end of June. Under a hard-won arrangement with the Scottish Government, the system does not move to Category 2 until July 1, when salmon or grilse can be taken.

From this date individual anglers are restricted to taking one cock fish under 8lbs in any given week, to a maximum of two for the season. All hen fish, all fish over 8lbs and all coloured fish must be safely returned to the water. The River Moriston remains at Category 3, subject to mandatory catch and release, throughout the season.

The restrictions apply to the entire Ness district. Anglers must note that they cannot take two fish from one fishery then go on to take two from another. Any infringement of the rules could have serious consequences. The angler could face prosecution and, importantly for the majority of anglers, the club and the system could lose any hope of continuing the Category 2 arrangement or progressing to Category 1.

Friday, 02 June 2017 20:31

Fresh guidance for towpath access

Revised arrangements for access to the Braes have been issued after anglers discovered it was impossible to follow the suggested route due to the ongoing construction works at the canal pitches. Following discussions with contractors Mackenzie Construction, club president Graham Mackenzie advises that anglers can have pedestrian access along the towpath from Tomnahurich Bridge to the Clachnahagaig Stone, provided works traffic is not obstructed.

“Safety is paramount,” says Graham, “as large construction vehicles will be using the towpath at times. Vigilance by both anglers and construction staff is vital to ensure the safety of all. At particularly busy times an escort vehicle will precede construction vehicles traversing the towpath, again to ensure safety for all.”

Graham added that The Highland Council have confirmed the availability of temporary parking for six to eight cars on Bught Road, just past the canal cottage beside Tomnahurch Bridge - turn left off Glenurquhart Road at the new large roundabout. But anglers parking there should take care not to block the widened towpath access by the canal cottage.

Friday, 02 June 2017 13:23

Monkey does it again

Club member Alan Scott got off the mark today with a cracking hen salmon from the tail of the Weir Pool of the River Ness. The fish - measuring 83cm which puts it at around 14lbs on the Sturdy Scale - took a small monkey fly expertly tied by junior member Jordon Grant.

“That’s the third fish I've hooked on this fly but the other two, on the River Oich, fell off. And I came close to losing this one as it seemed determined to head through the fast water and under the new bridge. A great fight! And many thanks to club member Walter Mackay for tailing and holding the fish until it could be unhooked, professionally measured by a gathering of bridge construction workers and safely released.”

 

Happiness: A cracking salmon from Inverness Angling Club's Ness fishings

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 21:32

Access restrictions to canal towpath

Scottish Canals is preparing to undertake major strengthening works to the Ness Weir at the head of the River Ness. The towpath from Tomnahurich Bridge Cottage to Dochgarroch Lock has been closed to the public to allow construction plant and vehicles to access the site and to transport a significant tonnage of steel sheet piles and other construction materials to the works.

In conjunction with Scottish Canals, the principal contractor for the works, MacKenzie Construction, has given permission for members of Inverness Angling Club to use a section of this towpath for access to the River Ness for fishing, during the period up to season closure on October 15.

Access is permitted from the temporary fenced opening at the toe of the canal embankment next to the Inverness West Link Road construction site, to the limit of the Inverness Angling Club fishing at the Clachnahagaig stone. 

For your own safety, and the safety of others, IAC members are required to comply with the following conditions to allow access along the towpath:

  1. No IAC members’ cars, motorbikes or bicycles are allowed on the towpath.
  2. Look and listen for construction vehicles coming along the towpath from either direction.
  3. Stop and stand well aside on the grass verge while construction vehicles are passing.
  4. Do not recommence walking until the construction vehicle has passed.
  5. Do not loiter on the towpath. Walk directly to the stepped access points above the river.
  6. Please comply with any directions from the site construction team.

 A pdf map of the permitted access can be viewed by clicking HERE

Monday, 29 May 2017 22:01

Roy reaps reward

Although spring catches are down on last year, there's still fish to be caught on Inverness Angling Club’s beats of the River Ness. Club member Roy Gibson proved the point with a cracking sea-liced eight pounder from the MacIntyre Pool on Monday afternoon. The fish was attracted by a copper toby and successfully landed and released.

 

Monday, 22 May 2017 15:29

Aiden opens 2017 account

Aiden Macdonald is one of Inverness Angling Club’s top young Speycasters who will be pitting his skills against some of the world’s best in the club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2.

A staff member at Grahams of Inverness, the city’s leading tackle dealer, Aiden is also pretty good at catching salmon. He was one of the top rods last year, just failing to break into double figures. He opened his 2017 account on his day off this morning (Monday, May 22) with a fly-caught fresh 10lb salmon from the popular Silver Wells Pool.

 

 Sparkling: Success for Aiden

Saturday, 20 May 2017 13:22

Good fish for Martin

Martin Ross hooked, landed and released a 10lb salmon at the Weir Pool of the River Ness on Thursday night (May 18). Hopefully, this may indicate a re-start of the spring run through Inverness Angling Club’s fishings.

 

Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:13

‘Friendliest fishery’ hosts league final

Veteran angler and honorary member of Inverness Angling Club George Skinner finished the club’s eighth annual winter trout league in style, taking the top awards for the best total bag over the eight month October to May competition. In Saturday’s final, George weighed in fish of 6lb 8oz to take his overall weight to 35lb 14oz, winning the IAC Trophy and a 10ft Spectre trout rod and Thistledown fly line donated by international tackle manufacturer Snowbee.

Second was IAC’s past president Michael Campbell whose total bag of 34lb 2oz won him a £100 cash prize donated by Achagour Fishery - “undoubtedly the friendliest trout fishery in the country” according to its many patrons. Third was Jim Jarvie with a bag of 30lb 13oz, winning an angling vest donated by Grahams of Inverness and a Snowbee Countdown fly line.

The best fish of the entire competition was a 7lb 14oz specimen taken by John Hamilton in his January session. This won him the IAC Trophy, a £50 award from Bellfield Enterprises and a Snowbee XS-tra distance floating line. Second was Jim Jarvie who landed a feisty fish of 6lb 14oz during his January session, winning a £30 award form Bellfield Enterprises. Third was George Skinner’s 6lb 4oz fish taken in his March session, winning a Bellfield Enterprises £20 award. Alex Elliott landed the best fish of the final, at 2lb 12oz, winning a £20 award from Bellfield Enterprises.

Grateful thanks were expressed to all the sponsors, who have given loyal support to the competition over the past eight years, and to the competition hosts, Achagour Fishery.

 

Top veteran: George Skinner makes prize-winning performance

Top team: A happy bunch of winter league competitors

Sunday, 07 May 2017 21:31

FFFT features IAC

The history and achievements of Inverness Angling Club will be featured for a second time in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying (FFFT), the increasingly popular Scotland-based angling magazine. The last feature was written by the late Bruce Sandison, in which he described our piece of print for visitors and new members as the best club brochure he had seen.

The June issue of FFFT is expected to be in the shops this week (beginning May 8). Unless you already get the magazine on subscription, and it’s delivered to your door, don’t forget to get your copy and enjoy a fascinating read about things you know - and perhaps didn't know - about your club.

Saturday, 06 May 2017 13:10

Members gather for eighth league final

The final of Inverness Angling Club’s Winter Trout League will be held at Achagour Fishery on Saturday, May 13. Registration will be at 0900 hours for an 0930 start.

This is the eighth successive league, an event that began as a trial to stimulate a bit of competitive fishing camaraderie among members during the close season. And the club has been very lucky to secure the support of international tackle manufacturer Snowbee as main sponsor, supported by Neil Fraser of Bellfield Enterprises and Achagour Fishery. Local tackle dealer Grahams of Inverness have also donated prizes.

 

Happy anglers at the 2015/16 league final

Friday, 05 May 2017 13:22

Arthur’s beauty

It seems that bright sunshine and lowish water makes little difference to the taking inclinations of salmon moving through the Ness system. In these conditions, IAC member Arthur Ferguson hooked, landed and released a fresh 12lb fish from the Little Isle at 11.40 am today. Apparently, it is Arthur’s first fish for a while…so many congratulations!

 

Success: A nice one for Arthur 

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:54

Soldier Safique makes welcome return

Ghurka soldier Safique Ahmed, just back from a posting in England, has made a welcome return to the River Ness, and Inverness Angling Club membership. A corporal in 3 Scots Black Watch, Safique has enjoyed fishing the club water while posted to Fort George barracks to the east of Inverness. The day after returning he was having a cast on the Little Isle and enjoying the craic with local members! His compatriot Mukund Gurung, also a keen angler and club member, is being posted to England for a while but we look forward to his return.

 

Safique: On duty at the Little Isle

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 16:47

Stephen gets first fish from the Isle

Persistence paid off for young Stephen Dick at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness today (Tuesday, May 2). An enthusiastic junior member of Inverness Angling Club, and regular face on the river during school breaks, 16-year-old Stephen was spinning with a copper toby around mid-afternoon when he hooked, landed and released a salmon of 10lbs. It's good to see junior members of the club reaping rewards for their efforts. Hopefully, the picture of Stephen's catch will encourage more of our juniors - and our seniors - to get out for a cast. Over the last few days there have been reports of good numbers of fish showing in the river.

A nice fish for Stephen 

Saturday, 29 April 2017 20:16

Another from the Weir

Neil Fraser's fly-caught 9lb salmon from the Weir Pool on Saturday (April 29)

Monday, 24 April 2017 16:18

Far traveller Ian goes for associate

On three occasions this season, Ian Mulholland has made the seven hour round trip from Lochwinnoch, south west of Glasgow, to fish the club’s water on FishPal tickets. His very positive comments on our fishings, and the anglers he has met, were reported in a February story. And he has just submitted similar comments on his most recent trips.

“I’ve visited the river three times now and love it,” says Ian. “There’s some great fly water and the travelling is worth it. I like to camp and get away. I’ve now applied for associate membership and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I hope to fish the river more often, not only for salmon but I’ve also seen some nice trout and sea trout.”

Welcome to the club, Ian.

 

Friday, 21 April 2017 16:23

Where champions are born!

Inverness Angling Club will stage its highly valued Casting Clinics from 7pm to 9pm each Wednesday, starting on May 31 and continuing weekly on June 7, 14, 21 and 28. As always, the venue will be the Little Isle Pool.

Members, non-members and, in particular, youngsters are most welcome to attend. The coaching will be free of charge. For peace of mind, all coaches hold a minimum Sport Scotland/UKCC Level 1 certification with PVG/Disclosure Scotland clearance.

An added incentive will be the appearance, on most evenings, of world casting champions who will demonstrate their skills and participate in the coaching. Please bring along your own rods. However, there will be a limited supply of loan rods should you not have your own.

Friday, 21 April 2017 15:06

Steve strikes silver

IAC member Stephen Cowie made a successful visit to the Weir Pool of the River Ness on Thursday, landing and releasing a fresh run salmon estimated at 8lbs. Steve was using a silver Flying C with hand painted red stripes across the silver blade. He hooked the fish in the productive lie just above the spout.

Clearly, fish are running the river so it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. But that means getting on to the river in the first place. Despite recent catches, the number of members going out for a cast is disappointing. More anglers would produce more fish.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:14

Weir delight for Cameron

Following Martin Nelson’s success last Thursday, the Weir Pool of Inverness Angling Club’s water delivered again on Monday - hopefully indicating that spring catches will rise through the rest of April and May. Cameron Milne of Elgin, fishing the Weir on Monday (April 17) with a friend on FishPal day tickets, hooked, landed and released a fresh-run salmon of around 8 lbs. The fish was enticed by a Franc ’n’ Snaelda, the fly invented by Ballogie head ghillie Sean Stanton which combines elements of the famous Icelandic patterns, the Frances and Snaelda.

 

Friday, 14 April 2017 08:26

Weir Pool delivers

The Weir Pool on Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness beat is still the place to be for the chance of a spring salmon. Martin Nelson was there on Thursday (April 13) and repeated his success of last season with a 12 lb fly caught salmon. There’s word around that another fish was caught on Wednesday afternoon but no return has been made at the time of writing.

Members and visitors are reminded that details of all catches of salmon or grilse should be submitted within 24 hours, under Rule 5.2 in the club rules printed in all membership cards and visitor permits. Returns can be made, quickly and simply, by mobile phone on www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk/report-catch or by text to 07831 745394, using the detail set out in permits.

 

Successful: Martin Nelson with his bright springer

Saturday, 08 April 2017 21:13

Entry recognises speycasting traditions

International speycasters will flock to Inverness this summer for Inverness Angling Club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament, being run as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2. Entries have now reached the limit of 30 and two entries have been placed on the waiting list to replace any withdrawals. It is a major achievement by the club, which attracted 20 speycasters to its Alexander Grant Memorial event in 2015. And it recognises the international standing of the club, the River Ness and its speycasting traditions. 

The 2015 event owed a huge debt to club members who volunteered as judges for the competition, and carried out their responsibilities so well. This year’s event will also need a team of some 20 judges to work in shifts over the two days of competition. Those who are willing to take part should contact the club link below or text their name and telephone number to vice president Alex Elliott on 07810 007691. Alex is also co-ordinating attendance at the Highland Council civic reception on the Saturday evening which will recognise the club’s centenary. 

www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk/club-details/contact

 

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 16:53

Major works set for Ness Islands

Remedial works will begin on the Ness Islands next week and continue for some eight months. The works will involve trees, paths, bridges and banks. From next week (beginning April 10), contractor Brandon Landscape Ltd will be starting on tree works which will take at least six months to complete. This is primarily light work and areas where works are taking place will be cordoned off without affecting the public too much. 

The public are asked to adhere to signs that are posted at the islands’ entrances as paths, bridges, banks and trees could be affected during the works. Access across the islands will not be possible when work is taking place on bridges. Signs will be displayed at the islands’ entrances on these days. Works will be weather and river-level dependent and forewarning of closures will not be possible.

For safety, the council asks that diverted routes should be followed, dog walkers should keep dogs on a lead while works are in progress, cyclists should travel at slow pace and children should be kept under visual contact at all times. The works are designed to protect and prolong the islands as a popular area for people to enjoy for years to come.

Monday, 03 April 2017 13:08

Neil lands a beauty

He might not show his face in the picture, but Neil Fraser should be proud of his Weir Pool catch this morning (April 3). After some good runs from a feisty kelt, Neil hit the real thing - an estimated 15lb salmon duly landed and released. It was the second verified springer from Inverness Angling Club’s beat this season. If last year is anything to go by, when 29 springers were landed during April and May, there should be more to come. So it’s worth kitting up and getting out.

 

Springer for Neil

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 08:28

Reception attendance

The Highland Council and Inverness Common Good Fund are recognising the centenary of Inverness Angling Club with a buffet civic reception in the Town Hall on the evening of Saturday, September 2. The evening  will also celebrate the second Scotland’s Salmon Festival and stage the awards ceremony for the Centenary Speycasting Tournament. A warm welcome is extended to all club members who would like to attend.
 
Please register your  interest by using the club web site contact facility (see link below) and leave a message for the secretary with your name, address, telephone number and 2017 membership number. Alternatively, members can telephone or text vice president Alex Elliott on 07810 007691. Please note that while there is a generous limit on places, attendance will be on a first come, first served basis.
 
Saturday, 25 March 2017 08:18

Late renewal penalty approaches

Inverness Angling Club's annual general meeting last November agreed a welcome reduction in membership fees from £160 to £150 for the season. But anglers are reminded that this fee is conditional on payment by the end of March, just a few days away. Those who have not renewed their membership by that time will face an additional charge of £20, raising the renewal fee to £170. The reason for applying this renewal date is to raise the income the club requires to meet substantial early season expenses. So pop into Grahams up to close of business on Friday (March 31) to avoid the extra £20 that will apply from Saturday.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:27

Tournament entries build

Entries for Inverness Angling Club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament, being staged on the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2 this year, has now attracted 27 entries. The latest Speycaster to register for the event, being held as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival at the Bught Park, is game angling instructor Brian Szukala, a regular visitor to the Highlands who has just retired to Helmsdale. The club has capped entries at 30 so is confident of reaching that total in the weeks ahead.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:23

No sign of membership recovery

There is considerable disappointment that the hoped for recovery in club membership has not materialised so far this year. Membership totals 178 compared to 204 at the same period of 2016 - 94 senior members, two ladies, 23 associates, 28 concessionary, one intermediate and 30 juniors. Sales of sea trout tickets total 16. Senior members include 12 who have joined under the special discount offered to locally resident anglers who have not been members of the club within the last five years. This has been successful in attracting new blood to the club.

 

Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:51

Jack gets home

Inverness Angling Club’s honorary president Jack Fraser is now at home following his period in Raigmore Hospital recovering from major heart surgery. He left hospital on Friday and has since reported that he is feeling much better and managed to get rid of the chest infection that was hampering his recovery. We wish him continuing progress.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 13:49

Hot news on burning issue

The club angler who left the Mill hut gas cooker alight over last weekend has, very sportingly, contacted club officials to apologise for his omission. He will not be named as officials recognise that it was not intentional and out of character. But the incident does underline the need for care in using hut equipment. Leaving gas on could lead to a serious incident, so always double check that the gas is turned off before leaving the hut. 

As mentioned before, please clean up after use. If the hut bin, and the plastic bag attached to the rod rack are full, they can be deposited in the general waste bin behind the fenced area at the top of the road running between the Mill buildings. Spare bags are kept in the drawers below the cooker.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:36

Bridge continues progress

Construction of the new bridge over the River Ness above Holm Mills is making rapid progress with the second of the three sections of the central span being lifted into place today (Tuesday). Operations are attracting dozens of observers, along with amateur and professional photographers keen to record key moments in the construction of the West Link.

The second section being lifted into place

Slowly does it!

A clear path to the Weir Pool

 

Monday, 06 March 2017 15:29

Helmsdale visitors enjoy their day

IAC vice president Alex Elliott took to the river early this morning (Monday, March 6) to welcome the first visitors of the year from the River Helmsdale, with which the club enjoys a mutually beneficial exchange permit arrangement. Anglers Mick Buttery and Robert Stephenson joined Alex on the Weir Pool, scene of the first catch of the year last week, as the central span was being lifted into place on the new Ness bridge. 

Mick, a long distance driver with J D Cowper, and Robert, owner of Helmsdale’s Thyme and Plaice shop which distributes permits for the River Helmsdale, enjoyed their visit and hoped more of the village’s fishers would take advantage of the exchange agreement to fish IAC’s water.

Welcome visitors: Robert Stephenson (left) and Mick Buttery from Helmsdale

Monday, 06 March 2017 15:07

Bridge spans the Ness

The new Ness bridge took a big step towards completion today (Monday, March 6) with the installation of sections of the central span. The bridge is part of the West Link contract awarded to Wills Bros by The Highland Council. Completion is expected by the end of the year.

The contract involves the construction of roads and bridgeworks from Holm roundabout on the B862 Dores Road to the A82 at Glenurquhart. It comprises some 2.2km of 7.3m wide single carriageway road, four roundabouts, the new three span bridge over the River Ness and two underpasses, all with associated drainage, earthworks, fencing and walls, landscaping, new access tracks and paths, road lighting, car park and coach turning area, and the installation of new services and supplies.

The first section of the central span moves into place 

In place - and a big step forward

Monday, 06 March 2017 11:27

Burning issue at Mill hut

A careless member or members of Inverness Angling Club are responsible for a wasteful and potentially dangerous incident over the week-end. As club vice-president Alex Elliott arrived at the Mill Stream early on Monday morning, to meet two visiting anglers from Helmsdale, he found that the gas stove in the Mill hut had been left burning, presumably since last being used on Saturday. 

Keys to the hut are limited to adult members of the club and Alex asked all users to take extra care and double-check that the stove is turned off after use. This is the first incident of its kind since the hut was installed at the Mill several years ago. It would be heartening if the member or members who left the gas burning would admit responsibility and contribute to the cost of the wasted gas and apologise to Alex who was left to dry up the massive condensation within the hut.   

It is also noticeable that members are not tidying up after using the hut so please put all used cups in the bin, put the tops back on jars, clean spoons and wipe surfaces. Don't leave a mess for others to clean up.

Friday, 03 March 2017 08:23

Tournament continues to attract the best

The latest entries to Inverness Angling Club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament, being staged on September 1 and 2 as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival, are top Irish caster Martin Kiely and local caster Donald MacPherson. The total now stands at 21, with more expected. Martin, who hails from Limerick, came sixth in the Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting competition organised by IAC in 2015, casting 44.5 metres. Donald was not far behind, in eighth place, with a cast of 43 metres.

Martin Kiely casting in 2015 (Picture by John Macpherson)

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 18:53

And two makes 19!

A further two Speycasters have entered IAC’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament in September. The second lady to register is Ally Bremner from Melrose, a casting champion and instructor who competed in the 2015 Grant Memorial Speycasting Competition. A newcomer to the Inverness event will be Tommy Boyle from Insch, Aberdeenshire, representing Fish-Tech UK Ltd.

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:29

Derek lands first club fish of the season

A fall in the level of the River Ness, from 1.8 to 1.6 on SEPA’s Ness-side gauge, seems to have done the trick for IAC club member Derek Proctor. Spinning the Weir Pool with a 3-inch black and orange Devon, he caught and released a sea liced salmon estimated at 16-17lbs - the first fish from the club water this season on the first day of March. And there was another first for Derek. Although he hooked the fish in the Weir Pool, he landed it in the Mill Stream - being the first to play a fish under the first section of the new bridge on the way down. Derek will qualify for the award for the first fish of the year which will be presented to him at the AGM in November.

Derek Proctor landed this beauty from the Weir Pool at 9.15 am this morning (March 1)

 

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:21

Jack moves to Raigmore

Inverness Angling Club’s honorary president, Jack Fraser, is doing well after undergoing a triple heart bypass in Edinburgh. Jack is now back in Inverness, where he is recovering in the Cardiac Care Unit, Ward 6C, of Raigmore Hospital. He is in good spirits and told your scribe that he is looking forward to getting back to the river as soon as he can.

 

Jack fishing the Little Isle Pool in 2015

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 11:54

IAC renews welcome to leading Norwegian Speycasters

The top three Speycasters in the Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting competition held in 2015 have confirmed their entries for this year’s IAC Centenary Speycasting Tournament. Norwegian Speycasters Geir Hansen, Vidar Ness and Jarle Strandberg took first, second and third places respectively in the highly successful first Speycasting competition organised by IAC as part of the inaugural Scotland’s Salmon Festival.

The 2017 tournament is being staged at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, where Geir, representing CNC rods and Nextcast lines, and LTS Proteam members Vidar and Jarle will be leading contenders for the top places. Entries have now reached 17, within reach of the 20 entrants in 2015 and well on the way to the 30 competitors the club can accommodate this year.

Geir Hansen casting in the 2015 Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting Competition

Monday, 27 February 2017 22:33

Lost and found

Some items of fishing gear have been found on the banks of the River Ness. The owner can claim their return by posting a description of the lost items to the contacts page of Inverness Angling Club’s web site - www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk Click on Club Details/Contact and enter the detail.

 

Monday, 27 February 2017 19:50

Heartening start for casting tournament

Entries for Inverness Angling Club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament are rolling in. Fourteen Speycasters have registered since the Eventbrite online system opened last Wednesday (February 22). It’s a heartening start for the September tournament which will be open to 30 Speycasters - so don’t delay, enter right away! Go to scotlandsalmonfestival.org, click on the tournament info and you’ll find the link to the entry system.

Among the entries so far are Lee Cummings from Cumbria, who came sixth in the 2015 Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting Competition on the River Ness. This time he will have some female competition - his wife Angela, a formidable caster in her own right. Also returning to the Ness are Scotland’s Andrew Toft, a former world champion, and Ireland’s Derek Doyle, from Greystones in County Wicklow. Others casting again are Fraser Smith of Inverness, a former winner of the Scone Game Fair Speycasting championship; and Hamish Young, whose Coastguard colleagues did such a sterling job in course laying and safety cover in 2015.

Newcomers will be IAC member Aiden MacDonald, a successful local angler who works with tackle dealers Grahams of Inverness; Steven Pugh from Cheshire; Finlay Thomson, assistant ghillie on the Kercock beat of the River Tay; and Russell Mein of Dochfour fishings. Junior (under 17) entrants so far include IAC members Jordon Grant, Fraser Shanks and Fraser Munro, along with young Ayrshire Speycaster Blaine Lyon.

 

Former world champion Andrew Toft competing in the 2015 Alexander Grant Memorial

Speycasting Competition at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness

Friday, 24 February 2017 20:01

Massive crane gets to work

Work on the new Ness bridge restarted as storm Doris drifted away, allowing a massive crane assembled on the Holm Mills side of the river to lift the first 50-metre, 180 tonne steel beam into place. A total of three pairs of beams are set for the south side then the 70-metre high crane will be disassembled and moved to the north side to lift the remaining beams into place.

Progress: Wills Bros begin installation of bridge base

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:41

Organisers thank tournament sponsors

Sponsors are crucial to events like Scotland’s Salmon Festival. Dr Melanie Smith - head of research development at Inverness College UHI and chair of the festival steering committee - thanks the sponsors of the Speycasting tournament to be held at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on September 1 and 2.

Melanie is pictured shaking hands with David Traill, of Grahams of Inverness. Looking on are (left to right) Marcus Valente, of Scottish Ghillie; Gordon Armstrong, representing Ness Castle Lodges; and IAC president Graham MacKenzie. Drummossie Hotel, one of the leading hotels in Inverness, is also assisting the event.

 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:02

ENTRY OPENS FOR CENTENARY TOURNAMENT

IAC celebrates a special year

Entries are now being taken for an international Speycasting tournament being staged to celebrate the centenary of Inverness Angling Club (IAC). At a media launch by the banks of the River Ness today (Wednesday, February 22) it was confirmed that the tournament would be staged on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival.

All entrants will compete in two heats on September 1 and a third on the morning of September 2. The top six Speycasters will go forward to a final in the afternoon, preceded by a ladies final. Junior Speycasters, aged 17 and under, will compete in their own final - a feature being introduced by IAC to recognise and reward the developing casting skills of young anglers.

Prizes, to be presented at a civic reception in the historic Inverness Town House - hosted by the Provost and Councillors of Inverness - will include silver-plated IAC Centenary Quaichs for winners and runners up in open and ladies competitions, plus cash awards of £1,000, £500 and £300 for open first, second and third, and £500 and £300 for the winning lady and runner-up. A Centenary Quaich will also go to the winning junior.

The tournament is being sponsored by Ness Castle Lodges, Drumossie Hotel, Grahams of Inverness and Scottish Ghillie.

Entries must be made electronically at Eventbrite via the following link, by the Speycaster or someone on their behalf. Please register with your own details, then log in. In the event of difficulty, please contact Alan Scott, Inverness Angling Club. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel: 01463 235287 or 07785 287995

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inverness-angling-club-centenary-speycasting-tournament-registration-31876869575

 

Launch party: (Left to right) Scott Mackenzie, junior anglers Fraser Shanks, Jordon Grant

and Fraser Munro, David Traill of Grahams of Inverness, Dr Melanie Smith of Inverness College UHI,

IAC president Graham MacKenzie, Marcus Valente of Scottish Ghillie and Gordon Armstrong of Ness 

Castle Lodges

Friday, 17 February 2017 21:01

Develop a fascinating hobby

Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying classes are going well, attracting up to 14 keen tyers each night. And anyone interested, member or non-member, skilled or non-skilled, is welcome to attend, particularly young anglers who would like to expand their angling experience. The classes are held in Hilton Community Centre every Thursday night from 7 to 8.30 pm, up to April 27. Tools and materials are available to introduce novices to this fascinating hobby.

Friday, 17 February 2017 20:58

Two fish limit

It would seem that there is still some misunderstanding about the conservation regulations governing the harvesting of salmon and grilse on the Ness system. A key regulation is that anglers are limited to one fish in any given week, to a maximum of two fish for the season, in the period from July 1 to October 15. All hen fish, and all fish over 8 lbs, must be released. Some anglers appear to believe that they can take two fish from each beat in the system. This is not the case. The two fish limit applies to the entire Ness system.

Friday, 17 February 2017 20:56

Please, don't wade deep!

Members and visitors will be aware, through Facebook postings from the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, that salmon spawn much later in the lower reaches of the Ness system. This led to club officials asking anglers to refrain from deep wading in these early months of the season. 

It would appear, however, that there are one or two anglers who have not noted the advice, or are ignoring it. This is particularly so on the left bank of the MacIntyre Pool, an important spawning area, where an individual angler has been seen wading up to his waist. If the angler concerned is reading this, please stop wading so deep. It won’t help you catch any more fish and you could be killing future stock.

 

Friday, 17 February 2017 19:59

Bridge works enter new phase

Big lifts are about to begin as construction of the new Ness bridge enters its next phase. Wills Bros have confirmed that they will begin installing beams on Monday (February 20) and complete on Wednesday. A rescue boat will operate on the river in case of any accident. Watchmen will be posted on the south river bank to ensure members of the public stay in the safe zone during lifting.

 

Monday, 13 February 2017 18:56

"I'll be back....!"

A south of Scotland angler is singing the praises of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings. Ian Mulholland from Lochwinnoch used the FishPal service to book a day on the Ness on February 9. He gave the fishings top marks for value for money and general upkeep, describing both as exceptional. He added: “A great day. Saw fish in the Weir and Mill Pool but just unlucky. Will definitely return for another visit.” Thanks for the compliments, Ian. We look forward to your return.

Saturday, 04 February 2017 15:06

Class caters for budding tyers

Interest is building in Inverness Angling Club’s weekly fly tying class, held each Thursday in Hilton Community Centre, Inverness, from 7 to 9 pm. Last Thursday saw a good mix of novices, intermediate and skilled tyers enjoy a good session, producing flies for both river and loch.

All club members are invited to the class on Thursday, February 9, along with any juniors or seniors who are interested but have yet to take out 2017 membership. Skilled tutors and qualified angling coaches will help you develop this fascinating hobby in a friendly atmosphere. Tools and materials are available for beginners, courtesy of donations by committee members Steve Watt and John Hamilton, and other generous tyers.

 Class of 2017 (left to right): Jordon Grant, Fraser Munro, Billy Murdoch,

Fraser Shanks, Jim Jarvie, Angus Mackinnon, Steve Watt, Graham and Beth

Ross, Alan Scott and Mike Campbell. Seated is Ken Mackenzie   

Alan Scott presents promising novice Beth Ross with a fly tying kit

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 13:31

Watch your wading

As Inverness Angling Club members and visitors make their first outings on the river for the 2017 season, president Graham MacKenzie launched an appeal for care in wading. Salmon are still spawning in the river and, with low water, even shallow wading could cause damage to redds and the valuable eggs they contain.  This would apply, particularly, to the left bank of the Mill Stream and MacIntyre Pools, and to the Little Isle Pool. Moderate or deep wading is unnecessary, particularly at this time of the year so, please, take care and help ensure that as many as possible of the eggs being laid survive to hatch, migrate and return as mature fish.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 12:58

IAC set for ‘memorable centennial’

Three times world Speycasting champion and record holder Scott Mackenzie marked the opening of the River Ness salmon season today (Wednesday, February 1) by making the traditional first cast of the year. The cast also marked the first event in Inverness Angling Club’s centennial year, which will culminate in an international Speycasting tournament as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival in September. Once again, the tournament is being staged as a tribute to Speycasting’s first world record holder Alexander Grant, the famed ‘Wizard of the Ness’.

Accompanied by Inverness Angling Club president Graham Mackenzie, the traditional ‘Blessing of the Water’ was made by sponsor Neil Souter, manager of the Holm Mills Shopping Village. A good measure of malt whisky, cast into the river from a Celtic Quaich, is the traditional way of seeking a favourable season. Anglers were led to the river by Pipe Major Steve Spencer of Northern Constabulary Pipe Band.

Mr Mackenzie said club members and visitors were looking forward to a successful season in which a relaxation in the law will allow anglers to retain a couple of salmon or grilse of 8lbs or under between July 1 and October 15. 

He explained: “Scottish Government conservation regulations imposed mandatory catch and release on the entire Ness system in 2016. This will continue until June 30 of this year to protect spring salmon running the Ness to the River Moriston. 

“The 2016 regulations led to a significant loss of members and visitors to other rivers in the area, where fish could be taken. Government acceptance of pleas for a limited harvest has literally saved the club from extinction in its centenary year. Income from membership and visiting anglers took a severe hit but we managed to survive thanks to support from the Inverness Common Good Fund, from which we lease the Town Fishings, and the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board.”

He added: “With good fishing and international participation in the salmon festival and Speycasting tournament as we celebrate our 100th birthday, we are set to have a memorable centennial year.”

   

Anglers are piped to the river where sponsor Neil Souter raises a toast to the season

    

Scott Mackenzie makes the first cast of the season as happy members and visitors look on

President Graham MacKenzie is interviewed by Nicola McAlley of STV

Friday, 27 January 2017 14:51

Ness anglers prepare for new season

Anglers will celebrate on Wednesday (February 1) as the 2017 salmon season opens on the River Ness. Inverness Angling Club invites all members and friends to gather at the Mill Stream Pool, behind the Holm Mills Shopping Village, to mark the opening.

Neil Souter, manager of Holm Mills Shopping Village who have kindly sponsored the event for several years, will ‘bless the water’ by adding some of the finest malt whisky to the river - the traditional way of seeking a favourable season. Scott Mackenzie, three times world champion Speycaster and record holder, will make the first cast, using one of his revolutionary salmon fly rods made from the Nobel award-winning material, graphene.

Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “Scott honed his Speycasting skills as a teenager on the angling club waters of the Ness, following tutoring at our annual Casting Clinics. Mackenzie Flyfishing takes him to many of the salmon angling countries of the world where he is a great ambassador for the club, the River Ness and the Highlands.” 

He added: “Game angling for salmon and sea trout makes a substantial contribution to the Highlands and Islands tourism industry. Studies show that anglers are consistently one of the highest spending categories of visitors to the area.”

Members and visitors should park their cars in the anglers’ car park behind Holm Mills and gather in the upper car park by 10 am to be piped to the river by Pipe Major Steve Spencer of the Northern Constabulary Pipe Band. Members are requested to wear their fishing gear and bring their rods.

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:24

Club members build skills

Ten members of Inverness Angling Club braved snow storms to enjoy instruction from the club’s most experienced fly tyer at the first in a series of fly tying classes on Thursday (January 12). The classes, being held in Hilton Community Centre every Thursday from 7 to 9pm, are designed to pass on tying skills to novices, particularly junior members, and help those who already tie to develop their techniques.

Mike Campbell, past president of the club who has tied professionally for many years, provided an introduction to basic skills. He will be joined by other instructors in successive classes to ensure all those attending get the opportunity to build a skill that will help them develop their angling experience.

All junior and adult members of the club are welcome to join the classes. Parents of junior members are also invited to come along, to see what is going on and, perhaps, join their sons and daughters in developing a new skill.

 

Concentration (left to right): Jim Jarvie, Ken Mackenzie, Eric MacLeay, Mike Campbell,

Fraser Shanks, Fraser Munro and father and daughter Graham and Beth Ross

Sunday, 08 January 2017 17:21

Old permit shows surprising differences

A little bit of Inverness Angling Club’s history has been unearthed by committee member and club stalwart John Hamilton. It comes in the form of a membership card taken out in 1957 by Mr R Grant, grandfather of John’s wife, Lorraine. And it displays some surprising differences from the club structure of today.

It would seem that the club was in need of some ‘grace and favour’ from leading locals at this time. As opposed to one honorary president today, there were five in 1957 - Baroness Burton; two ex-provosts, Hugh Ross and James Grigor; vice admiral L D Mackintosh of Mackintosh; and the then provost, Robert Wotherspoon. There were no less than 12 honorary vice presidents, including leading officials of Inverness Town Council, town clerk James Cameron and town chamberlain Stanley H Wilson. Local tackle shops also held vice president positions, including John Reidpath, inventor of the famed Hairy Mary salmon fly. The president was Mr J Fraser, father of long serving club secretary Jack Fraser.

The permit lists subscriptions at £1 5s (£1.25 in today’s money) for the year, with ladies - and juniors ‘not over 20 years’ - paying the reduced fee of 12s 6d (about 62 pence). Anglers were ‘requested’ to report all catches to secretary S Graham, but no catch return form was included in the permit.

 

      

The cover and key pages from the 1957 permit

Sunday, 08 January 2017 17:02

Banks tidied ready for season opening

Members of Inverness Angling Club delivered more excellent work at the Mill Stream Pool on Sunday (January 8) in preparation for the opening of the River Ness salmon season on Wednesday, February 1. Long grass, gorse and shrub trees were trimmed back by veteran Neil Fraser and the two youngest members of the club committee, Billy Murdoch and Aiden Macdonald. Labourers and tea boys were president Graham Mackenzie and vice president Alex Elliott.

   

Billy Murdoch tidies up the Mill path (left) while Aiden Macdonald clears the bank

   

Neil trims branches while Graham's dog waits for a stick from Alex

Saturday, 31 December 2016 11:29

Spread the word....!

Fly tying classes presented by Inverness Angling Club will begin in Hilton Community Centre on Thursday, January 12, from 7 to 9 pm, continuing each Thursday until April 27. Experienced tyers will be available to tutor both beginners and anglers who want to improve their skills and technique. The club is particularly keen to welcome many of its 100-plus junior members to perpetuate its traditional skills and innovation in tying salmon and trout flies. Parents will be welcome. 

Qualified angling coaches who have completed the Disclosure Scotland process will supervise the classes. Bring you own fly tying equipment if you can but tools and materials will be available for use. A charge of £2 over person per night will be made to cover hall hire costs. Spread the word about the classes and let us know if you plan to attend by posting a message on this web site at Club Details/Contact/Secretary.

Saturday, 31 December 2016 10:50

All set for an enjoyable season

Inverness Angling Club wishes all its members, regular visitors and all those who plan to cast a line on our Ness fishings every good wish for 2017. We look forward to seeing you during the fishing season ahead. 

The season will kick off on February 1 when three times world champion Scott Mackenzie will make the first cast of the year. So join us for the opening ceremony at the Mill Stream Pool, where sponsor Neil Souter, manager of the Holm Mills Shopping Village, will carry out the traditional blessing of the water with a drop of the best malt whisky. Thereafter, it’s into the Mill’s Ghillie's Restaurant for bacon rolls and refreshments.

Many anglers consider springers to be the ultimate challenge in salmon fishing. The IAC water offers a good chance of realising that challenge. Following one of the best spring periods for a long time inn 2016, we are hoping that more anglers will take to the water to make the 2017 spring fishery even more successful.

The Ness System will remain in conservation Category 3 up to the end of June, during which all fish must be released. But from July 1 to October 15 anglers can keep one fish in any given week, up to a maximum of two fish for the season - as long as they are are cock fish of eight pounds or under. All hen fish must be returned.

Further key dates in 2017 are Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, when the club will present an International Speycasting Tournament as part of the 2017 Scotland’s Salmon Festival. Entry details will be announced early in February. So everything is set for an interesting and enjoyable 2017 season. Watch this space….!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:09

2017 permits on sale

Inverness Angling Club’s permits for the 2017 season are now on sale at Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street, Inverness. Members should take their 2016 permit with them when renewing membership. 

Senior permits cover intermediate (aged 18, 19 and 20) at £50, adults 21 and over at £150, concessionary (65 and over who have 12 years unbroken membership) at £65 and lady at £80. Any member who failed to make a catch return for the 2016 season will have to pay a surcharge of £20. All senior membership must be renewed by April 1. Late renewal will also incur a surcharge of £20.

Junior membership of the club (17 and under) is available free for charge and permits may be collected now from Graham’s tackle shop. Anglers who have not been members within the last five years can apply for special entry at a fee of £100. Application forms can be downloaded from the web site. Anglers living outside the club’s boundaries may apply for associate membership for a fee of £150 for the season.

Visitor permits for 2017 are priced as follows: February 1 to May 31 - £15 per day, £75 per week. June 1 to October 15 - £25 per day, £125 per week. Juniors - £10 per day throughout them season. Half day permits, 1300 to 2400 hours from June 1 to October 15 - £15 per day.

 

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