Items filtered by date: March 2018
Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:18

New hut a step closer?

IAC officials are in discussions with representatives of The Highland Council concerning the improvement and expansion of the Little Isle hut. The opportunity for the development has arisen through a council group which is looking to improve facilities at the Bught. The club believes that improvement of the hut would not only meet the needs of anglers but enrich engagement with the hundreds of tourists who stop and talk with Little Isle anglers every year.


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Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:17

Deadline for renewal approaches

Membership of Inverness Angling Club for 2018 currently stands at a total of 112 - 47 senior, 20 associates, 30 concessionary, four ladies and 11 juniors. One sea permit has been sold so far. Renewals are expected to increase soon and anglers are reminded that they should purchase their permits before April 1. This is to help the club to secure the income to meet substantial early season bills. Renewals from April 1 will incur an extra charge of £20. 


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Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:15

Dodgy trees and missing papers

Members have raised concerns about the potentially dangerous condition of tree branches in the area of the Little Isle hut. One of the branches attracts youngsters to climb over its length, posing a threat to health and safety. Highland Council officials have been made aware of the club’s concerns, have visited the site and action is awaited.

Investigation continues into the regular removal of copies of club committee minutes from the Little Isle hut. The posting of the minutes was in response to requests by members for information on committee discussions and decisions. Perhaps the culprit doesn’t believe in democratic dialogue! 

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:14

Fishing only by permit

The new West Link road and Holm Mills Bridge have certainly improved connections between the east and west sides of Inverness. But the route has brought vehicle and pedestrian traffic closer to the club fishings on the Braes and Weir Pools. The club is taking the precaution of seeking permission from The Highland Council to place a fishing permit sign at the lay-by close to the right bank of the pools.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 17:01

Roll on tenth anniversary!

Snowbee, the international tackle company, has once again agreed to become the major sponsor of IAC’s Winter Trout League. The 2017/18 league is currently under way at Achagour Fishery where the four fish final will be staged on Saturday, May 12. Snowbee has sponsored the league since its launch nine years ago, in 2009/2010, a significant tribute to the standing of Inverness Angling Club and its members. Junior members are taking part in the league for the first time this season. Club member Jim Jarvie has kindly donated a rod as a junior prize. 

 Winners all: Participants in the final of the 2016/17 winter league

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:21

First of the year from club water

Lawrence Deans got a result from some hard fishing lately to get the first salmon of the year from the club water of the River Ness on Saturday (March 17). The Weir Pool delivered a fish of over 10 lbs to Lawrence’s fly, earning him the award for the first fish of the year which will be presented at the AGM in November. Hopefully, the catch will be the first of many.

Nice one: First of the season from the IAC water

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:17

Service for Flookie

The funeral ceremony for iAC member Ian ‘Flookie’ Maclennan will be held at Inverness Crematorium on Monday, March 26, at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend. Donations in memory of Flookie can be made at the service to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 18:03

Popular member passes away

Ian MacLennan, angler and long term member of Inverness Angling Club, passed away in Raigmore Hospital today (Tuesday, March 13) after an extended illness. He was one of the club’s most popular characters, best known by his nickname Flookie. This was acquired during his youth when salmon netting was carried out in the Friar’s Shott, where Ian collected all the flounders (flookies) from the nets and sold them in the town for pocket money.

Ian had a varied career, working at Invergordon and Inverness harbours, at McDermott’s Ardersier platform fabrication yard and as a ghillie on the Ness Castle beat of the River Ness. Until his illness, he was a regular visitor to the club’s Little Isle fishing hut where he entertained visitors and boosted club income by selling day tickets. Ian is survived by a sister and brother.

Characters: Flookie (right) with fellow member Lewis Lyle

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:18

Mastering The Monkey

Following last week’s interesting demonstration by Ali Hutchens, the subject for Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class this week (Thursday, March 15) will be the Monkey - a fly that most salmon anglers will always have in their box. Mike Campbell will lead the dressing of this fly which can be tied on a variety of tubes - from plastic and aluminium through to bottle and copper if weight is needed. Materials include Arctic fox fur, black shadow fox fur, black goat, peacock herl, soft hackles in colours such as yellow and orange, and jungle cock.

David Mateer will return next week (March 22) to demonstrate the tying of two top trout flies - the pheasant tail nymph and the half hog. See the earlier post for detailed dressings. The final class, on March 29, will include the tying of the pot belly pig. 

The final class will also see the judging of the centenary fly competition. Entries should be placed in an envelope with the tyer’s name and passed to vice president Alex Elliott by Thursday, March 22. Each entry will be given a number and names will only be revealed when Mike Campbell and Alan Scott complete the judging. Two vouchers of £20, donated by Bill Byers and David Dyce, will be awarded to the successful entrants.

Magic: The Monkey

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The Scottish Government has announced funding of around £700,000 for work to help address pressures related to the decline of Scottish wild salmon stocks. Some £500,000 will support research and activities, including a new national programme of local sampling which will help to count the numbers of juvenile salmon in rivers, and monitor their abundance. District Salmon Fishery Boards (DSFBs) can also bid for a share of £200,000 for mergers, or to set up new boards which will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries management.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The survival rate of salmon during their marine phase has fallen from around 25 per cent to five per cent over the last 40 years and, while the exact causes of this dramatic loss are unclear, we must do what we can to protect salmon numbers.” 

See the full Scottish Government News Release and the Fisheries Management Scotland response

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