Thursday, 31 December 2015 21:08

Happy New Year 2016

Saturday, 26 December 2015 17:24

Free day applications fall

Applications for the traditional right to free fishing on the Town Fishings in 2016 are well down on previous years. Fifteen valid applications were submitted by the closing date of December 24, compared to 36 for 2015. Five applications were refused – three for failing to submit the obligatory catch return and two who are resident outside the burgh boundary.

There will be a total of 28 free days during 2016, falling on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The dates are:

February 1st, 10th, 19th, 29th

March 9th, 18th, 28th

April 6th, 15th, 25th

May 4th, 13th, 23th

June1st, 10th, 20th, 29th

July 8th, 18th, 27th

August 5th, 15th, 24th

September 2nd, 12th, 21st, 30th

October 10th

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 14:52

NDSFB Annual Public Meeting



Annual Public Meeting


Will be held at 19:30 on Thursday the 28th January 2016 in the Kingsmills

Suite, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club


The following core matters will be considered:


- The activities of the Board for the year to December 2015

- Presentation of the 2015 Annual Report and Accounts

- The proposed activities of the Board for the next year

- Question and Answer Session


Further to the above, a representative from the Scottish Government will be

present to talk about Wild Fisheries Reform and Nick Barker from the Ness

and Beauly Fisheries Trust will present a summary of their work over the last

year and plans for the coming year.


This meeting is open to the public. Places are limited to 100 seats.

Please contact Chris Conroy (Clerk) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01463 861245

to register an interest in attending.


Proposals are invited for matters to be considered at the meeting.

Please submit written proposals to the Clerk in advance.


The final agenda for the meeting will be available from the week beginning

18th January 2016 and can be viewed at

Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:32

Merry Xmas 2015

Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:01

Jordan Grant

Inverness Angling Club is very pleased to announce that our own Jordan Grant has just become one of the junior winners of the prestigious Malloch Trophy for season 2015. Jordan caught and returned a fresh salmon of 12lb from the Little Isle Pool after school on Friday 24th April. Among the prizes Jordan will receive is a Certificate of achievement, a Malloch winners cap and a day's salmon fishing on Fishponds, a top beat of the River Tay hosted by three times world Spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie plus he will take home the double handed rod, reel and line that he uses on the day.

I have not yet managed to speak to Jordan but his mother has sent me this message "Hi Graham, Jordan's mum here, I just wanted to to say a huge thank you for entering Jordan into the Malloch competition. We received confirmation today that he had won. Absolute excellent opportunity, thank you"

It's really encouraging that a junior member of this Club has received such recognition and I'm sure you will all be delighted to applaud Jordan's success.

Friday, 11 December 2015 15:37

2016 ticket sales

Hi folks, I'm sure this is the news you have all been waiting to hear - the membership permits for season 2016 are now available at Grahams of Inverness, 37-39 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3DU.

To assist store staff with Club administration it would be helpful to show your 2015 permit at time of purchase.

Thank you and tight lines for 2016.

A downloadable copy of the membership rates can be found HERE

Thursday, 10 December 2015 23:36

Awards for committed anglers

Long serving IAC member Neil Fraser achieved a 40-year ambition in 2015 by catching the first salmon of the year off the club water. Around mid morning on Saturday, April 11, while on a break from offshore duties, he landed and carefully released a bright 11 pound springer to record the first fish of the season.

The feat won Neil the Carie Horne Trophy for the first salmon of the year, usually presented at the club’s AGM. Being offshore at the time, Neil had to wait until this week until the trophy was passed on by Alex Elliott.

Also unable to attend the AGM was David Dyce, who has been awarded the ‘Angler of the Year’ Shield for his continuing commitment to the club. If there’s any work to be done, David is usually the first to volunteer. Our congratulations go to them both.


Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:46

Lost and found - jacket and rod tube

A jacket with an IAC badge and a rod tube were both found on Rosemarkie beach, presumabley washed down river sometime within the last year. Again description required by any claimants. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email for further details.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 15:38

Lost and found - fly reel spool

A fly reel spool was found (a wee while ago now) outside one of the houses on the way down to the Mill. It may have fallen off a car roof. Anyone wishing to claim would be required to provide a full description + line colour. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email for further details.

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 10:07

IAC membership cards on sale soon

Inverness Angling Club’s membership cards for the 2016 season will be available soon. Watch this space for confirmation of when they will be on sale from Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. This will be just in time for those families and loved ones who like to buy the cards as a Christmas present for their nearest and dearest.

Renewal rates for 2016 are £160 for senior members, £80 for ladies, £65 for concessionary and £50 for intermediates (18 to 21 inclusive). Free membership will continue for those under 18 years old. The sea trout permit for the estuary beat, from the Black Bridge to the sea, will cost £20. Associate membership, for those outside the Inverness area, has been set at £95 for ladies and £175 for men. 

A downloadable copy of the membership rates can be found HERE


Saturday, 05 December 2015 09:48

Bridge construction works to begin soon

Anglers will be aware of the extensive tree felling and ground works which have taken place on the west bank of the River Ness over the last several weeks as part of the construction programme for the new bridge. Tree felling on the east bank will take place in January, lasting about a week. Other preparatory works on both banks are expected to run until March of 2016.

The full construction programme will not be clear until The Highland Council (THC) awards the main contract. But works on the abutments at each end of the new bridge will begin within the next few months and construction of the cofferdams needs to start in July of 2016. This will be achieved by placing dumpy bags into the location of the bridge piers. Cranes will then be lifted into the dewatered area to drive steel piles. In this way, no heavy plant will require to be moved over the bed of the river. Overall project completion is scheduled for late 2017.

Anglers should be aware that a number of public paths are being closed and a narrow area at each end of the bridge works will be closed for health and safety reasons. But angler access will be maintained - to the Weir Pool from the electrical sub station on Dores Road or past the cement works; to the area below the Trenches from Holm Mills; and to the west side of the Braes via an alternative towpath access from the canal pitches. THC will be keeping IAC posted as information becomes more specific and detailed. This will be passed on through the web site.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:58

IAC appoints honorary members

The committee of Inverness Angling Club has appointed three honorary members. President Mike Campbell, treasurer Billy MacKenzie and secretary Alan Scott were given the honour with effect from their standing down from office at the club’s AGM on November 19. They join honorary president Jack Fraser, honorary vice president Andy Massari and honorary members Sandy Paterson and George Skinner.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:54

Penalties rise for late renewal and no returns

Inverness Angling Club applies late renewal penalties for senior members. The penalty has been £10 for renewal after the end of February for a number of years. As agreed at the previous AGM, the penalty for 2016 will rise to £20 but the late payment date will commence on 1st April. To avoid this surcharge all senior tickets must be purchased by the 31st March. 

All salmon and sea trout fishings are legally obliged to submit an annual catch return – including nil returns – to the Scottish Government. In order to meet that legal obligation, Inverness Angling Club requires all its members to submit a catch return – including nil returns – by October 23 each year. Failure to submit a return by the due date will incur a penalty of £20, payable on renewal of membership in the following season.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:51

Higher fees will strengthen finances

The annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club approved increases in fees to maintain its income and strengthen its financial position. Senior membership will rise by £10 to £160 for the 2016 season, lady membership from £75 to £80. The intermediate rate – for those aged 18, 19 and 21 – will remain at £50. Concessionary membership will rise by £10 to £65, as agreed at the 2014 AGM. Junior membership for under 18s will continue to be free. Associate membership will rise by £10 to £175. The fee for lady associates will be set at £95. The cost of the sea trout ticket, for the estuary beat fishings from the Black Bridge to the sea, will rise by £10 to £20. 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:48

Club reverses losses

Inverness Angling Club reported a surplus of £6,880 on operations over 2015 compared to a deficit of £9,560. Income totalled £42,412, including members’ subscriptions of £34,285. Total costs, including fishery board assessment of £23,250, were £35,532. Treasurer Billy MacKenzie pointed out that losses would have continued had the club not received a grant from Inverness Common Good Fund, designed to help the club rebuild its reserves.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:45

Ness attracts more visitors

Day visitors to Inverness Angling Club’s fishings totalled 259 in 2015, the highest figure for over 10 years, generating revenue of £5,318. Membership of international fishing booking agency FishPal should continue to increase visitor bookings once the club’s fishings – and catch records – become more widely known.

Saturday, 21 November 2015 18:58

Club catches best since 2011

Inverness Angling Club members attending the club’s AGM on Thursday (November 19) heard that they had achieved a 91.2 per cent increase in salmon and grilse catches in 2015, landing 239 fish against a total of 125 in 2014. The release rate fell slightly from 60 per cent to 57.7 per cent. Top months were August and September with 35 salmon and 143 grilse. Overall totals were 64 salmon and 175 grilse. The catch was the best since 2011 when 247 fish were landed. The five-year average for the club water (2011 to 2015) is 199. The ten-year average (2006 to 2015) is 270, given high catches of 428 in 2007, 352 in 2009 and 393 in 2010.

Saturday, 21 November 2015 18:56

Fee discount boosts membership

A report to IAC’s annual general meeting revealed that a special discounted rate helped arrest membership decline in 2015. The £50 discount on the standard fee of £150 was restricted to anglers who had not been a member of the club within the previous five years. It attracted 57 new members, boosting senior membership to 191. Senior membership had shown a steady decline from 230 in 2011.

Saturday, 21 November 2015 18:54

Ness attracts more visitors

Day visitors to Inverness Angling Club’s fishings totalled 259 in 2015, the highest figure for over 10 years, generating revenue of £5,318. Membership of international fishing booking agency FishPal should continue to increase visitor bookings once the club’s fishings – and catch records – become more widely known.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 08:52

AGM call for IAC members

Members are reminded that Inverness Angling Club’s AGM is being held tonight (Thursday, November 19) in the Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. The AGM is always an important meeting for the club when recommendations are considered for introduction next season and nominations are invited for office bearers and committee members. On this occasion, the implications of Wild Fisheries Reform (WFR) could have an important bearing on decisions. Chris Conroy, chief executive of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, has been invited to outline recent WFR developments and answer any questions members may have.

Monday, 26 October 2015 19:46

Mika sends his thanks

Finnish angler Mika Kosonen is full of praise for Inverness Angling Club’s members and fishings. Mika, who fished for four days up to the close of the season on October 15, catching and releasing one coloured grilse from the Little Isle Pool, wrote:

“You have a well kept water with plenty of fishing and nice pools. I also felt myself very welcomed to fish the water and I'd like to express my thanks to the fellow fishermen on the river. Holiday plans allowing, I'm certainly coming back to Inverness in autumn 2016 or latest 2017. Inverness seems to make a perfect match for combining salmon fishing and a family holiday. Best regards from Finland.”

The story underlines the important role our members play in welcoming visitors and encouraging them to return. Many thanks Mika. We’ll look forward to welcoming you and your family back to our river soon.

Sunday, 25 October 2015 23:05

AGM call to members

The annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held in the Recreation Hall in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 19. Notices of motion for submission to the AGM should be made in writing, signed by the member giving the notice, and delivered to the secretary 10 clear days before the date of the meeting, ie by Monday, November 9. The secretary’s address is given in the membership card. It will be an important meeting for the club so all members are encouraged to attend.

Friday, 23 October 2015 16:15

Government to look again at Ness categorisation

The Scottish Government is re-examining the categorisation of the Ness district following representations by Inverness Angling Club and others to a recent announcement about conservation limits. The government’s proposals placed the Ness District in Category 3, which would result in mandatory catch and release for 2016.

Responding to the club’s submission, the government states: “We are currently re-examining the categorisation of the Ness district due to uncertainty over how to account for the presence of Loch Ness, and to clear up a query over the reported rod catches. It is possible that this may change the Grade of the district and we will keep you informed of any changes.

“Where possible data for individual districts are used in the determination of conservation status. For the Ness district this information is taken from the catch information reported to the Scottish Government. In the absence of information from the Ness the best available information for Scotland has been used, for example for exploitation rates.”

The club has welcomed the government statement as a positive response to its concerns.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:14

Government takes easy option on conservation, says IAC

Inverness Angling Club has challenged proposals by the Scottish Government to introduce mandatory catch and release of salmon and grilse on the entire Ness System, describing them as an ill-conceived piece of legislation which could exacerbate conservation problems.

The latest proposals stemming from the Wild Fisheries Review (WFR) group Scotland’s river systems into three categories. Category 1 considers stock levels to be sustainable. Category 2 requires management plans to reduce exploitation but permits the taking of fish. Category 3, covering over 80 per cent of Scottish river systems, including the Ness, considers exploitation to be unsustainable and requires mandatory catch and release of salmon and grilse in 2016.

In its response, the club declares: “While no fish may be killed, this ill-conceived piece of legislation will almost certainly kill off a club which is the prime focus for ‘Angling for All’ in the City of Inverness and wider area, and annually welcomes visitors from many parts of the UK.

“It would appear that government advisers have chosen the easy option with this latest proposal. Anglers on the Ness System and elsewhere throughout Scotland now return most of the salmon caught. A ban on taking a fish for the pot does not address the main conservation problems. In fact, it may exacerbate them.”

Other key points of the club’s submission are:

  • Angling clubs will struggle to retain members, be unable to pay their way and cease to exist, making the WFR’s much vaunted ‘Angling for All’ impossible to achieve.
  • As anglers are no longer able to afford salmon fishing, poaching will increase.
  • Income to fishery boards will decrease, resulting in an unaffordable and overwhelmed bailiffing force.
  • Without clubs, young people will no longer receive angling instruction.
  • Control of predator numbers would increase salmon abundance without denying the angler the choice of taking one for the pot.
  • The Government must provide financial support for ailing clubs and ‘Angling for All’ until conservation restrictions are lifted.

The club concludes: “The Scottish Government must seriously consider the impact these proposals will have on salmon angling clubs such as ours. We do not believe that this is what the government intended in developing these proposals, so it must act urgently to prevent the untimely disappearance of voluntary organisations which form the key to the future development of angling in Scotland.”

Copies of the club’s full response will be available from the Little Isle hut. The submission will also be circulated to local MSPs and MPs.

Sunday, 11 October 2015 20:31

Returns required for 2015 season

It’s that time of year again – the time when the season ends and anglers are legally obliged to make a formal return of catches. Hopefully, those who have had the good fortune to make contact with a salmon, grilse or sea trout enjoyed the experience. Returns boxes have been placed in Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street and in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream. All returns – including nil returns – must be placed in the boxes, or returned to the secretary, by October 23. Failure to submit a return can incur a penalty.

Monday, 14 September 2015 07:35

Trout league deadline approaches

Entries for the 2015/16 Winter Trout League run by Inverness Angling Club must be submitted within the next few days – by Friday (September 18) at the latest. The league has grown in popularity since being launched in 2009. It has attracted a growing entry and maintained sponsorship from international tackle manufacturers Snowbee and local companies, including tackle dealers Graham and Company, Bellfield Enterprises and Achagour Fishery, where participants enjoy good fishing and camaraderie. Entry forms are available from the club huts.

Wednesday, 09 September 2015 19:46

Catches fall away after spectacular week

After a week of spectacular casting and catches, the Ness club water did well on Monday but fell away into Tuesday and Wednesday. Over 55 fish were caught last week, despite the Little Isle Pool being closed for most of Thursday to Saturday for the Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting Competition. Monday saw catches make double figures with about 14 fish landed, but few were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:21

Speycasters pay homage to Alexander Grant

Inverness Angling Club hosted a highly successful international event on the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5. Speycasters from the USA, Ireland, Norway, England and Scotland took to the attractive waters of the Little Isle Pool to compete in the Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting Competition.

The two days of the contest saw tournament Speycasting that attracted both anglers and the general public, and stimulated a little bit of wonder at what could be achieved with 15ft rods and specialised competition lines. Among the entrants was line designer Andrew Toft, who works with Mackenzie Flyfishing. Gaelforce line designer James Chalmers had also entered, but was forced to withdraw when he broke his wrist on a visit to Norway.

The event also saw a quite emotional return to the scene of Alexander Grant’s exploits for his great grandson, Michael Kerr, who presented the Alexander Grant Memorial Quaichs to the winners.

Norwegian speycasters dominated the event despite difficult winds that defeated perfect turnover. In a six competitor final, the winner was Geir Hansen with a cast of 52 metres (he had cast 53 metres in the first round) who took the silver plated Alexander Grant Memorial Quaich and a cheque for £1,000. There was a cast off for second place between Norwegians Vidar Ness and Jarle Strandberg. In a very close and exciting contest, Vidar edged out Jarle by half a metre - 48 metres to 47.5 metres. Donna O’Sullivan of California won the ladies competition. Her final round cast of 34 metres just beat Ally Bremner, from Scotland’s Borders, by one metre.

The casting competition would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Gray and Adams, Glasgow Angling Centre, Ross-shire Engineering, the Burton Property Trust, Glenmoriston Estates and international angling booking agency, FishPal.

Inverness photographer John MacPherson took a range of stunning pictures of the event, and the associated Scotland’s Salmon Festival. A selection of these will be placed in the Gallery section of the web site soon.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 18:32

Now that's more like it!

Catches on the Ness Town Fishings rose into double figures each day so far this week as a rise of over a foot in water levels caught anglers by surprise. The Little Isle again featured strongly, followed by the MacIntyre and the Weir pools. Successful anglers included club president Mike Campbell, taking his first fish since a recent heart operation; Denny Mackay, who caught one and lost two inside five minutes; Frank Rabbeth, Dave MacMillan, John MacIntosh, Angus MacKinnon, David Dyce and Peter Easton.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 21:38

Come and join us

Take a look at what's on in Eden Court's La Scala Cinema this week when a week's celebration of all things salmon begins in Inverness. Follow the link

Saturday, 29 August 2015 20:41

Little Isle continues to deliver

Saturday was scintillating on the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. Inverness Angling Club members took ten fish. Among the successful anglers were Lawrence Deans,  who landed two on the minnow. He was joined by Peter Easton, David Dyce and  Frank Rabbeth. Peter O'Donnell  had one on the Weir and one on the Little Isle. Friday also saw Lawrence taking a 5lb fish from the Little Isle. 

Saturday, 29 August 2015 15:06

Club appeals for help to ensure success of key event

IAC members are reminded that the Little Isle Pool and the adjacent car park will be closed off later this week to accommodate the Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting Competition and the inaugural Scotland’s Salmon Festival. The Speycasting course is being set up on Thursday (September 3) and will not be removed until the following Sunday. The car park will be closed from Thursday night to Saturday night.

As the road will remain open to traffic, the organisers are introducing some parking restrictions in the interests of public safety. Police ‘No Parking’ cones will be placed from the car park along each side of the road behind the anglers’ hut for about 70 yards. All members are asked to observe these temporary restrictions to help ensure the success of this important international event in which Inverness Angling Club is playing a key role.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 15:04

Access secured for Loch Ness Marathon

There will be some interference with access to the Little Isle in the run up to the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday, September 27. Arrangements have been made with the organisers to minimise the impact on club members as much as possible.

Vehicle movements will present a health and safety risk in and around the Little Isle car park on Wednesday, September 23. To avoid this, members are asked to park in the hospital car park where we are assured some spaces will be available.

Disabled or limited mobility members can gain access to the Little Isle car park area from the Ballifeary Lane/Ness Walk mini roundabout. They will be shown to an appropriate parking area as close to the Little Isle as possible, possibly on the Bught Park itself. Club membership cards and disabled passes must be shown.

Access on the Thursday and Friday should be unaffected. Stewards will be briefed to allow members to use the Little Isle car park on Saturday, September 26. Membership cards must be shown at the Ballifeary Lane/Ness Walk mini roundabout.

Friday, 28 August 2015 17:24

Top team clean up the River Ness

A team from SSE Scottish Hydro took to the club water of the River Ness on Friday (August 28) to tackle a range of bank works under the company’s ‘Community at Heart’ scheme.

Graham Maclennan led the 14-strong team of specialists in removing a massive amount of flood debris from the top of the weir and cut down to size a fallen tree that was threatening to create a dam at the top of the Mill Lade. As a result, more water is now flowing through the weir and the lade.

Overhanging branches that posed a threat to expensive carbon fly rods were removed on the right bank of the MacIntyre and the Little Isle, and made over half of The Pass easier to fish. On the left bank of the MacIntyre, the team re-opened paths from the hut up to the top of the pool.

Moving down to the left bank of the Little Isle they removed bankside bushes which were interfering with fishing and tidied up an area that will be the focus for the international Alexander Grant Memorial Casting Competition on September 4 and 5.

The club is indebted to SSE Scottish Hydro for carrying out works that were well beyond the capabilities of club personnel. A small team of club members turned up to assist and sterling work was carried out by 'catering managers' Alex and Eileen Elliott while Tony Quinn, just off shift from ScotRail, strimmed the entire left bank of the Mill Stream with help from Lewis Lisle. A gallery feature on the works will appear shortly.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:17

Rendezvous for river works

Volunteers for the river works on Friday (August 28) should gather at Inverness Angling Club’s Mill Stream hut at 8 am. Teams will then be formed and allocated to the identified works areas on the east and west banks. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the Mill Hut around noon, after which the remaining works will be completed.

Friday, 21 August 2015 18:38

SSE team to tackle bank works

A 15-strong specialist team from SSE Scottish Hydro will contribute their time to clearing branch and bush obstructions on Inverness Angling Club’s fishings on Friday, August 28. A major job for the team will be the removal of large fallen trees at the Weir and the top of the Mill Lade.

Other areas to be tackled are the paths and bankside between the tail of the left bank of the Mill Stream and the top of the MacIntyre Pool, and trimming overhanging branches at the lower half of The Pass and down the right bank of the MacIntyre and Little Isle. If time allows, the path from the Island Bank Road island bridge up to the Provan’s Pool will be strimmed and bankside obstructions removed.

Club members are needed to assist the team on Friday, August 28, and to carry out any tidying up work on the following day, Saturday, August 29. Snacks and drinks will be provided. A meeting place and time will be advised when final arrangements are concluded with the SSE Scottish Hydro team on Monday (August 24). Watch this space…!

Friday, 21 August 2015 18:18

Little Isle to host international event

Top Speycasters from the USA, Ireland, Scandinavia, Scotland and England will gather at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5, 2015, for the Alexander Grant Memorial Casting Competition. The event, organised by Inverness Angling Club and three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie of Mackenzie Flyfishing, is being staged as part of the inaugural Scotland’s Salmon Festival.

The competition will commemorate the feats of Alexander Grant, ‘The Wizard of the Ness’, who set the first world Speycasting record of 65 yards in 1895, on the General’s Well Pool just a short distance upstream from the Little Isle. The record stood for 110 years until broken by Scott Mackenzie with a cast of 68 yards.

The casting course will be set up on Thursday, September 3, on the lower half of the Little Isle. Competitors will use the upper half of the pool for practise. Consequently, the Little Isle Pool will not be available for fishing from Thursday morning to Saturday night. The Little Isle car park will be closed from Thursday night to Saturday night. Access to other pools on the west bank of the river will not be affected.

Friday, 21 August 2015 17:54

Ness sets a puzzle

Inverness Angling Club members were scratching their heads this week as catches fell despite plenty of grilse and the odd salmon showing in the pools. Everything is being tried, from so-called ‘paint brushes’ to traditional small flies, spinners and the odd worm. Donald MacPherson managed to winkle out a couple of grilse from the Little Isle on Monday night and on Tuesday. The next day, fishing the MacIntyre Pool, long-term member Melvin Smith caught and released his first fish in three years – a 4lb grilse. The Mac also brought a nice grilse for Ian Jennings of Wolverhampton, an associate member of the club and a regular visitor to its fishings.

Friday, 14 August 2015 17:12

Little Isle sees lots of action

Typical grilse fishing saw more fish lost than taken as the first really successful week of Inverness Angling Club’s 2015 season neared its close. The Little Isle saw most of the action. Hull’s hero Walter Ridley lost some of his usual sparkle, getting one but losing four. At one point he quipped: “They’re climbing up my rod!” Jim McDowall lost two before landing two while James Robertson successfully landed the one he hooked. Another grilse was reported from the MacIntyre.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 19:26

Andy demonstrates how it's done

The Weir Pool produced another two fish for Donnie Urquhart on Thursday morning, bringing his summer tally to eight. Down at the Little Isle, Bill Byers had another grilse while Duncan Millburn landed a 5 lb fish from the MacIntyre. Andy Massari, consistently successful with the spinner on the Red Braes, demonstrated his skills and flexibility by taking his fly rod down to the Little Isle and landing a nice grilse.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 19:09

Catches continue on club water

Andy Massari got his second fish in two days on Wednesday as there was a little less action on Inverness Angling Club’s fishings after a busy start to the week. Associate member Walter Ridley had a 7 lb fish off the Little Isle and Nick Barker, senior biologist with the Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust, landed a six pounder on the right bank of the MacIntyre. Reports confirm that there are plenty of fish in, and moving into, the river, so catches are likely to continue.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 17:05

Kevo does it again

The good times continued on the Ness fishings on Tuesdsy morning as more fish entered the system. Kevin ‘Kevo’ Macdonald led the field again with two fish from the Silver Wells, but lost a big fish in the MacIntyre and another in the Mill Stream. Donnie Urquhart took one from the Weir while Bill Byers christened a new rod with a bright 8 lb fish from the Little Isle. The best fish of the day, at 12.5 lbs, was taken by John Sutherland in the Silver Wells.

Monday, 10 August 2015 15:41

Ness delivers as summer run arrives

Now is the time to fish the River Ness. Several sources reported shoals of salmon moving into the river over the weekend. And the reports were confirmed on Monday when Inverness Angling Club members took at least 10 fish in the early part of the day. Kevin Macdonald chose to fish the Silver Wells Pool and, in some ten casts, hooked and landed three fish – one of 8 lbs and two of 5 lbs.

Upstream at the Weir Pool, Donnie Urquhart also landed three fish, the heaviest at 16 lbs and others at 7 lbs and 4 lbs. Fishing behind Donnie, Mark Czerniakiewicz had a fresh cock fish of 7 lbs on a Cascade tube. Neil Fraser continued his good run with a 7 pounder at the Mill Stream. Thunderstorms put paid to fishing in mid-afternoon but hopes are high that the long awaited summer run, although late, will continue and deliver good catches to the end of the season. New club member Donnie Allan went out in stiff winds in the evening, fished the Bught side of the Mill Stream without success but, going down to the MacIntyre, got his first Ness fish - a grilse of just over 4 lbs - on his fifth cast.

Eric Craig admires Neil Fraser's fish at the Mill Stream


Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:19

Close finish in Moy casting competitions

Club vice president Billy Orrock beat off stiff competition to win the salmon distance casting event on the first day of the 2015 Highland Field Sports Fair, staged at Moy on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8. Billy cast 51 yards, just a yard ahead of Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust senior biologist Nick Barker and Nicholas Munro Ferguson, who shared second place. Winner of the ladies’ event, with a cast of 34 yards, was Charlotte Keyser of Warminster who has been visiting the fair with her parents since she was four years old. Charlotte also won the trout accuracy casting event with 65 points.

Blustery weather affected Saturday’s events but competitors maintained creditable performances. Donald MacPherson and Billy Murdoch fought out the salmon distance event with Donald finally achieving victory with a cast of 50 yards, three yards ahead of Billy’s best. In the junior competition, Ross Mackenzie showed that he could be following in the footsteps of his father - three times world Speycasting champion Scott – with a cast of 33 yards which took the junior salmon distance title. Billy Murdoch also won the trout accuracy by scoring 112 points. In second place, with 92 points, was Ryan Easton.

Sandy Paterson and Bill Byers judge the salmon distance competition

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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:17

Right places, right times

Grilse are making a more regular appearance on Inverness Angling Club’s water. While the river level is bit higher than expected at this time of year, encouraging fish to run right through the lower beats, the general feeling appears to be that if more members were fishing, more fish would be caught. Increasing catches on the upper beats of the river tend to support the theory.

Two club anglers were in the right places at the right times. The Silver Wells Pool is producing good results for frequent fisher David Dyce, with a tally of two grilse caught and a few hooked and lost over the last several days. The Weir Pool can also prove productive as fish pause before heading through the ‘Spout’, the fish pass in the weir wall. It proved a good spot for Walter Mackay on Wednesday, who caught and released a nice 6lb grilse.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 15:26

Stage set for Anglers' Corner

All is prepared for Inverness Angling Club’s presentation of the popular Anglers’ Corner at the Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8. Volunteers will be out on Wednesday evening to set up facilities and are ready to welcome anglers from near and far to competitions such as salmon distance casting and trout fly accuracy.

Experienced coaches will be on hand to provide tuition in both salmon and trout fly casting while three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie will stage casting displays by Loch Moy each day. Skilled fly tyers will also be demonstrating their craft.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 14:54

Nairn rule relaxed

Anglers wishing to fish the two-rod beat leased by Inverness Angling Club on the River Nairn at Daviot no longer have to collect the club authorisation card from Graham’s tackle shop. Members’ permits will be sufficient, and these must be carried at all times. In return for this relaxation of conditions, anglers must check rod availability in advance by text or e-mail to the secretary. Additionally, anglers must text or e-mail the secretary after each day’s fishing, giving information on fish caught, weight in pounds, whether salmon or grilse, retained or released, and including nil returns. Text 07785 287995. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, 26 July 2015 07:56

Heavyweight leads the way

Lawrence Deans closed last week on Inverness Angling Club’s fishings in magnificent style, taking a 16 lb cock fish from the Little Isle Pool. This was where Brian Findlay had begun the week with a grilse of over 5 lbs. The river, however, continues to be lightly fished. With fish around, more rods on the pools would raise catches.

Monday, 20 July 2015 13:53

Entry detail for River Ness casting competition

Entries are being invited for the Alexander Grant Memorial Casting Competition, which will be held on the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5. A core event of the inaugural Scotland’s Salmon Festival, the competition will celebrate the achievements of Alexander Grant, who set the first record Speycast of 65 yards on the General’s Well Pool of the River Ness in 1895. The record stood for 110 years, until broken by Scott Mackenzie in 2005 with a cast of 68 yards.

Inverness Angling Club is running the competition in association with Scott Mackenzie and Mackenzie Flyfishing. Prizes will include a silver Quaich plus £1,000 for the winner, £300 for the runner-up and £200 for third. The top lady caster will receive a silver Quaich.

Entrants should register online, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.On registration, entrants will receive a full information pack, including rules of entry. Those without e-mail/internet facilities should advise the IAC secretary by phone or text to 07785 287995 if they wish to take part, giving your full name, address, mobile number and age.

It is important for entrants to understand that they are making a commitment to take part in the competition. There is a limit to the number of casters the competition can handle. Withdrawing at a later date would deny places to other potential entrants.

Saturday, 18 July 2015 16:54

Fish are there for the catching

Following the arrival of grilse on northern rivers, Ness anglers took hope from the landing of a couple of these one sea winter fish this week. Both fish, of around 4 lbs, were taken in the Little Isle Pool, one by local club member Harry Fraser and the other by associate member Walter Ridley, a regular visitor from Hull. A grilse run would enliven activity on the Ness, stimulating a rise in membership numbers and attracting visitors who can now book club permits through FishPal.

Surprisingly, given perfect conditions, the club water is being lightly fished. Michael Thomson also showed that fish are there for the catching by landing a sea liced 12 pounder from the Weir Pool, his first salmon off the Ness.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:35

Railway bridge inspection

Anglers on the sea trout section of the River Ness, below the Black Bridge, should note that a safety rope will be strung across the upstream side of the railway bridge on July 22 and 23. This is to facilitate a routine inspection of the bridge being carried out by Geckotech for Network Rail. A small boat will operate over the river on both days.

Monday, 06 July 2015 17:00

Little Isle success for Bill

Also home from offshore duties is Bill Byers. He took advantage of the break to have a cast on the sparkling waters of the Little Isle Pool on Monday morning. He was rewarded with a bright six pound salmon.

Monday, 06 July 2015 07:44

Third fish for Neil

Opportunities for a cast on the waters of the River Ness can be restricted for those who work offshore, but IAC member Neil Fraser seems to be able to make the most of them. Just home from the North Sea, Neil headed for a favourite spot at the top of the Mill Stream on Saturday. Within a few casts he hooked, landed and released a sea liced 12 lb salmon – his third of the season – using a re-varnished 40 year old Devon minnow.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:46

Volunteers needed for river works

This is the time of year when Inverness Angling Club faces a considerable amount of work tidying up banks, clearing paths and removing any branches and bushes that interfere with casting. Work has already started with prodigious efforts having been carried out by Roy Gibson and Andy Massari on the Braes, and Eric Craig and Jim McDowall from the Weir Pool down through the right bank of the Mill Stream to the top of the MacIntyre Pool. David Dyce and Ally Henderson plan to tackle the left bank of the Mill Stream soon.

More work needs to be done, however, and volunteers are needed. Work can be carried out in the evenings and at weekends. Members who would like to give some time to these essential works should contact the secretary on the e-mail contact in the club details section of the web site, giving their name and telephone number, or on the telephone number given in the membership card.

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:34

Ness reports rising action

Now is the time to try your luck on Inverness Angling Club’s Ness fishings. With more anglers going out for a cast, more fish are being caught. Reports indicate a couple of fish caught last week and one lost. Donnie Urquhart opened his season’s account just on high tide today (Monday, June 29) with a sea-liced fish of around 7 lbs from the Mill Stream. Although the fish was heavily net marked on both flanks, Donnie was a happy laddie! There is no doubt fish are around and the river is in very good ply. 

Donnie 2 Mill

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:32

Casting Clinics develop skills

The 2015 series of Casting Clinics run by Inverness Angling Club each Wednesday in June have once again helped present and potential anglers, including visitors and club members, to develop their casting skills. Visitors who benefited from lessons included a young lady on holiday from Oregon in the USA. The club is indebted to coaches Scott Mackenzie, Frank Durdle and David Mateer for their expertise. We also appreciated the contribution of club members – especially Graham Mackenzie, David Dyce and honorary member Sandy Paterson – in helping to stage the popuiar annual event.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 13:08

Club mourns passing of another honorary member

Inverness Angling Club has lost another of its honorary members, Donnie Fraser, widely known as ‘Fondie’. His death comes just weeks after honorary member Willie Armstrong passed away. Donnie worked and was a partner with the late Bill Brown in Graham and Company in Union Street, Inverness, then a partner with Willie when Graham’s first moved to Castle Street. When the company moved to its present larger premises, Donnie became an employee of Willie’s for a spell before his retiral.

Donnie loved his fishing, and spending time on rivers with angling friends. His salmon fishing was spread over weeks on the Cassley and Carron, spate rivers where no water offered a good excuse for a dram or two with pals. He also fished the Little Gruinard for sea trout and the Dochfour, Laggan and club beats of the Ness for salmon. He will be missed by his many friends and former customers.

Sunday, 21 June 2015 10:35

New member strikes silver

Almost 40 anglers have taken advantage of Inverness Angling Club’s special offer of a £50 discount on senior membership this year, provided they have not been a member within the last five years. The offer has generated substantial income that the club might not otherwise have received.

One of the new members is Kevin MacGillivray who celebrated his entry with a sea-liced nine pound salmon, taken from the Trenches at 6.50 am on Saturday (June 20) on a silver Toby. Welcome to the club Kevin!

Friday, 19 June 2015 16:39

Volunteers needed for Moy fair

The annual Highland Field Sports Fair will be held at Moy, near Inverness, on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, 2015. Inverness Angling Club will once again stage the popular Anglers' Corner, providing casting demonstrations and competitions, and casting coaching for both young and old.

The success of the event depends upon the support of club members to manage the various activities. Volunteers should add their names and contact details to the lists being placed in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream Pools.

Friday, 19 June 2015 16:32

Club president admitted to hospital

Mike Campbell, president of Inverness Angling Club, was admitted to Raigmore Hospital on Friday (June 19) for treatment for a rapid heartbeat. He is being transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary this evening (Saturday) for further treatment. Our best wishes go to Mike for a speedy recovery and an early return to the waters of the Ness.

Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:49

Come and hear what's happening

The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board holds its quarterly meeting at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC stadium on Thursday (June 18) at 2 pm. Board meetings are open to the public and discuss a range of topics important to the maintenance and development of fisheries throughout one of the largest fishery districts in Scotland. Any club member interested in attending should let the secretary know, either through the web site contact facility (under Club Details) or by telephone at the number listed on membership cards.

Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:43

Make your point

The committee of Inverness Angling Club gather for their monthly meeting on Thursday evening (June 18). If members have any points to raise they should e-mail the secretary through the web site contact facility (see under Club Details).

Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:40

Compliments of the season

Inverness Angling Club prides itself on being a welcoming organisation with members who go out of their way to help visitors. And it’s good to receive recognition of this. Secretary Alan Scott received the following message from Colin More through the contact facility on the club’s refreshed web site.

“Myself and a friend took out day tickets today for the first time. I would just like to praise the members we met at both fishing huts. They made us most welcome and great tips and advice. They are a credit to your club. We look forward to a further visit later in the season. Regards, Colin More”.

Many thanks, Colin. We look forward to meeting up with you on your next trip.

Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:37

Success for two

Anglers have taken another two salmon from the Inverness Angling Club water. Kevin Macdonald caught and released a 13 pound fish from the Silver Wells while Hendrik Cornelius had a 10 pounder from the Leaven Trees. Hopefully, catches will improve still further as the time for the main runs of Ness fish approaches. 

Saturday, 06 June 2015 17:49

Neil strikes again!

IAC committee member Neil Fraser has again demonstrated that a cast on the Ness club water is worth the effort. On his way up to his favourite spot at the Weir Pool, he decided he would first have a cast over the top block on the Mill Stream. On his second cast he hooked, landed and released a beautifully conditioned, 15 pound sea liced Ness salmon. Catches on the Moriston, Oich and Garry show that plenty of salmon are running through the Ness. As greater numbers of members and visitors take to the water, catch reports should rise.


Neil Mill

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 14:17

Casting Clinics open to all

Inverness Angling Club’s annual Casting Clinics begin their four-week run at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Wednesday evening (June 3), from 7 to 9 pm. They will continue each Wednesday to the end of the month – June 10, 17 and 24. Coaches will include former world Speycasting champions Scott Mackenzie and Gordon Armstrong, along with Frank Durdle, Heather Cary, David Mateer and Ness-side ghillie Ryan Rutherford. The clinics are open to all, young and not-so-young, experienced and inexperienced anglers, and to non-members of the club.

Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:46

Change in membership arrangements

By now, most IAC members will have heard of the sudden illness of popular membership secretary, Alex Elliott. Alex suffered a heart attack last Saturday (May 23) and is currently in hospital in Aberdeen awaiting a triple heart bypass. He is in very good spirits and he and wife Eileen are very grateful for the support they have received from their friends in the club and elsewhere. On behalf of all club members, we send our best wishes to Alex for a speedy return to good health.

As Alex will be out of commission for several weeks, club secretary Alan Scott will handle membership matters in his absence. Application forms from new members should be sent to Alan at 24 Merlin Crescent, Inverness IV2 3TE. Forms can be downloaded from the Fishing/Permits section of the web site. Members in 2014 can renew their membership at Graham’s tackle shop. Any queries can be e-mailed to Alan through the secretary e-mail facility at the Club Details/Contact section of the web site. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:19

Ally's monkey brings results

As June approaches, with the promise of more frequent fish sightings on the lower part of the River Ness, Inverness Angling Club rods have been taking to the water to try their luck. One of these was Ally Foyers whose visits to the Weir Pool on Monday and Thursday (May 25 and 28) resulted in him landing two fish. Using a one inch orange monkey, Ally caught a nine pound salmon on Monday and a 13 pound fish on Thursday. Both were released.

The Weir Pool is a favourite spot for club members in spring and early summer as fish tend to rest there before heading further upstream. And there seems to be plenty of fish in the system. The last couple of weeks have seen a flurry of salmon activity on the upper beats of the River Ness, in Loch Ness and on the Rivers Moriston, Oich and Garry.

Monday, 18 May 2015 10:50

Willie Armstrong - A Tribute

I write this with deep regret over the untimely loss of a very good friend, Willie Armstrong, who died last Thursday, May 14th after almost 10 years of bravely battling cancer in the form of a brain tumour.

I first met Willie in the late 1970's when he became a partner in the fishing and shooting shop, John Graham & Sons of Inverness. Willie enjoyed the outdoor life, having been brought up on a farm. Shooting was his favourite pastime, followed very closely by salmon fishing. He became sole proprietor of Grahams when his partner retired and he moved it into its current larger premises on Castle Street. Willie was a very successful businessman but was forced to retire in 2008 due to serious health issues.

During his time at the helm of Grahams, Willie was always generous with his help for local causes and charities. Through his premises, daily, weekly and season tickets were sold, commission free, on behalf of Inverness Angling Club, of which he was a much-respected honorary member. This gesture alone minimised a huge administrative burden for club officials and made it much easier for locals and visitors to access salmon and trout fishings on the River Ness. Over many years Grahams was also responsible for sponsoring Angler’s Corner at the annual Highland Field Sports Fair, run by IAC, and donating many a prize for the casting competitions.

During the late 1990's, Willie became increasingly concerned at the decline in salmon numbers. As a proprietor of a small beat on the River Oich, he joined the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board with a view to addressing the problems on the Rivers Garry and Oich. To everyone's surprise, Willie was one of the first fishery owners on the Ness system to introduce compulsory catch and release – he wasn't afraid to lead by example. Subsequent studies of fish populations on these rivers indicated that salmon numbers were severely depleted and an ambitious 15-year plan, strongly supported by Willie, was started in 2014 to enhance fish stocks. Sadly, Willie will not see the results of these efforts.

Willie will be sadly missed and remembered fondly by all who knew him. May you rest in peace good friend.

Graham Mackenzie

Saturday, 16 May 2015 19:42

Funeral service for Willie

The funeral service for Willie Armstrong, Inverness Angling Club's respected honorary member, will take place on Saturday, May 23, at 10.30 am in the Inverness Crematorium at Kilvean.

Thursday, 14 May 2015 20:58

Club's honorary member passes away

It is with great sadness that Inverness Angling Club reports the death of its honorary member, Willie Armstrong – respected angler, fishery proprietor and former owner of Graham and Company, the Inverness tackle dealers. Willie, who had just reached the age of 68, had suffered serious illness for some time and had spent the last few weeks in Mandaville Care Home, Inverness, where he died at 2005 on Thursday evening (May 14).

Willie made a significant contribution to Inverness Angling Club and its members over many years and was a committed member of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, the meetings of which he attended until quite recently. He will be missed by a wide circle of friends. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are known.

Monday, 11 May 2015 15:14

Got a point to raise?

The next committee meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held on Thursday, May 21. If club members have any points they would like to raise at the meeting, they should contact the secretary through the e-mail contact link under Club Details on this web site.

Saturday, 09 May 2015 18:46

Achagour Fishery provides top sport for club anglers

Inverness Angling Club’s sixth annual winter trout league came to an end on Saturday (May 9) in a closely fought final at Achagour Fishery. Top honours were secured by Alex Elliott, who took the best bag overall with a total weight of 56lb, and Peter O’Donnell, whose fish of 8lb 6oz was the best fish overall.

Club treasurer Billy MacKenzie was well among the numbers, being placed as runner-up in both sections with a bag of 52lb 6oz and best fish of 8lb 2oz. His fish also took a £50 voucher award for the first fish over 7lb caught in the league. Third place in the best bag overall went to Peter O’Donnel (43lb 15oz) and Kevin Elliott was fourth (40lb 13oz). Alex Elliott was placed third in the best fish overall (6lb 14oz) with club president Michael Campbell fourth (6lb 2oz).

Sponsors of the league were Inverness tackle dealers Graham and Company, international tackle manufacturers Snowbee, Achagour Fishery, Bellfield Enterprises and SBS Security.


Happy faces at Achagour 

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Saturday, 02 May 2015 13:35

Anglers to gather for trout league final

The final of Inverness Angling Club’s seven-month Winter Trout League takes place at Achagour Fishery on Saturday, May 9. Registration will take place from 9 am and fishing will start at 9.30. There will be a break for lunch at 12.30 pm, kindly hosted by Stewart and Margaret Mackintosh and daughter Cindy, and fishing will resume from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. The event is generously sponsored, once again, by Snowbee, Graham and Company, Bellfield Enterprises, SBS Security and Achagour Fishery, all of whom have donated a range of valuable prizes.

Saturday, 02 May 2015 13:17

Malloch Trophy offers opportunities for all

A junior award is now available in the annual FishPal Malloch Trophy. There will be prizes for the top four junior anglers catching and releasing an Atlantic salmon in Scotland by any legal method. The winners of the senior Malloch Trophy, for salmon caught and released on the fly in a Scottish river, will receive a silver replica of the FishPal Malloch Trophy, a FishPal fishing gift voucher for £250, a Mackenzie DTX rod and an invitation to the FishPal Malloch award ceremony.

Entries for both sections require anglers to weigh the salmon, measure the length and girth, take a photograph, record the date, place and time of capture, give details of the fishing tackle used and provide an independent witness to verify the catch. All entries should be submitted no later than one month after capture. Entry forms are available at Senior entry forms should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Junior entries go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, 26 April 2015 16:24

FishPal first for club

Inverness Angling Club has received its first rod booking through FishPal, the Borders-based international rod booking agency which the club joined earlier this year. The first FishPal visitor will be Roger Nillson from Sweden, who will fish the club’s water on Monday (April 27). A warm Highland welcome Roger….and tight lines!

Sunday, 26 April 2015 16:14

Special deal builds membership

A special offer continues to help expand Inverness Angling Club’s senior membership. Anyone within the club’s area who has not been a member within the last five years can join for a fee of £100, a discount of £50. Membership secretary Alex Elliott reports that 25 anglers have taken up the offer so far. Total club membership now stands at 283, including 156 seniors, 19 associates, 38 concessionary and 54 juniors.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 18:04

Jordon claims cracking salmon

Thirteen-year-old Jordon Grant is living up to his title as Inverness Angling Club’s Angler of the Year in 2014. An enthusiastic junior member of club, Jordon went out for a cast on his favoured Little Isle Pool on Friday afternoon (April 24). A well-mended kelt took Jordon’s first cast of a silver Toby. Ten minutes later Jordon struck again – hooking, landing and releasing a hard fighting 12 pound salmon.

Jordon 12lb

Saturday, 25 April 2015 17:13

Salmon catches in 2014 second lowest on record

Scottish Government statistics for salmon catches in 2014 reveal that the total reported rod catch of wild salmon and grilse for 2014 was 45,175 – the second lowest on record. The proportion of the rod catch accounted for by catch and release was the highest recorded, 93 per cent of the spring catch and 82.2 per cent (37,139) of the total catch. The total catch by nets was 17,778 – 28.2 per cent of the total catch. Full details can be viewed at…/Publ…/stats/SalmonSeaTroutCatches/2014

Saturday, 11 April 2015 17:23

Perseverance pays off for Neil

Saturday (April 11) saw IAC member Neil Fraser fish another session at the Weir Pool on his break from offshore duties. And after previous disappointments – a brief contact with one fish and a mighty tussle with another before it came off – his perseverance produced success. Around mid morning he landed and carefully released a bright 11 pound springer to record the first fish of the season off the club water. As the sponsor of this annual feat, Neil will get his prize bottle returned! But he will feel that’s pretty small beer to achieving a 40 year ambition to get the first fish of the season from his favourite river.


Monday, 30 March 2015 21:47

Special deal brings in new members

Up to mid-March, the club had attracted 19 new members through the special offer of a one third discount to anglers who had not been members of the club within the last five years. That’s £1,900 of income the club might not have had. Senior membership was slightly up on that recorded at the same period of last year – 143 against 141. Associate members stood at 19 (28 at the same point last year), concessionary 38 (48) and junior 47 (59). Total membership was 252 (291).

The club needs support so appeals to all previous members to renew as soon as possible. And if members know of any angler who may be interested in joining for the first time, or previous members who have not renewed within the last five years, encourage them to join. Application forms can be downloaded from the Fishing/Permits section of the web site.

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:42

Ruthven boat ready for season

Club member and gifted carpenter Neil Porter, with the help of Davy Dyce, has carried out extensive repair and maintenance on the club’s Loch Ruthven boat which should go back onto the loch this week (week beginning March 30). The club has secured an arrangement under which Graham and Company will let the boat, from its usual position, and the proceeds will be shared 50:50 with the club. When not booked, club members will be able to use the boat free of charge. All bookings must be made through Grahams.

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:39

Bid for associate members

Trout & Salmon magazine offers special deals for online advertising that reach some 30,000 anglers who have expressed an interest in game fishing. With associate membership running a little lower than usual, the club has agreed to take a single insertion in the May online release with a view to recruiting several new associate members. Anglers from outside the local membership area of the club can join as associates for the very reasonable fee of £165 for a full season’s fishing.

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:37

New film planned on Ness club waters

Wesley Parkes, producer of the highly successful Highland game fishing film ‘Once In Your Lifetime’, plans to produce a new film on the Inverness Angling Club water. Invited to a recent committee meeting of the club, Wes explained that he would blend stock film of the Ness with interviews with club members, charting the history of the club, the inventiveness and abilities of its members and the attractions of the fishery. The club is supporting the venture by identifying members who could contribute interviews.

Monday, 30 March 2015 21:34

Club helps trout trust

Inverness Angling Club regularly supports the Wild Trout Trust through the donation of a week’s fishing permit to the trust’s auction, which plays a key part in funding the conservation of wild trout through the protection and restoration of their habitats. The successful bidder this year was keen angler Martin Burnley who plans to fish the club waters early in September. If you meet him on the river, give him our traditional warm welcome and any help he needs to ensure a successful visit to our waters.

Monday, 30 March 2015 20:27

Kill licence proposal threatens future of angling clubs

In a submission to the Scottish Government, Inverness Angling Club have described proposals to introduce a kill licence for salmon as ‘bureaucratic and unnecessary and will place a further financial burden on clubs whose resources are stretched to the limit.”

The submission adds: “The Wild Fisheries Review and its proposed outcomes, as a result of its unwillingness or inability to understand the importance of clubs to Scotland’s angling structure, could eliminate these clubs altogether or transform them into elitist organisations. We do not accept that this is what the Scottish Government wants.”

Read the club’s full submission here.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:55

Early season tussles on the Weir Pool

Persistent anglers are making contact with good salmon on Inverness Angling Club’s fishings on the River Ness. Neil Fraser, home from offshore duties, has connected with two fish in the Weir Pool – a popular and often successful spot at this time of year. The first was on for just a few seconds but the next took him down through the Trenches before throwing the hook. There’s unconfirmed reports of another tussle on the Weir.

This activity, and perfect water conditions, suggest that those who have not renewed their permits could be rewarded by doing so soon, and getting out on the river. Apart from that, the club needs your support to meet early season bills. And the offer of a one-third discount to local anglers who have not been members within the last five years still stands – a year’s fishing for just £100. So far, 15 anglers have taken advantage of the offer. Dowload an application form from the Permits page or e-mail membership from Contacts on the Club Details page.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 23:31

Registration to play a key part in club development

Communication is key to the success and development of any organisation. And a refreshed web site presents Inverness Angling Club with an opportunity to take communications with members to a much higher level. Apart from the ability to update information quickly, and offer regular news updates on what’s happening, the club can deliver more detailed information, brief members on important issues and events, and increase participation, through a registration process.

The club encourages all active members to go to the Home Page of the website and click on the ‘Create an account’ link on the right-hand side. You will be prompted to enter your Name, Username, Password, E-mail address and Membership Number.  Once all these details have been validated, the registration process completes and an automated e-mail will confirm successful registration.

By organising the information into user groups – for example, senior, associate and junior members, and participants in the winter trout league - we can make direct e-mail contact with members to give them more detailed and appropriate information on membership, club and angling related matters, and special initiatives. Also, it will be a lot easier to organise events and help to make considerable savings in postage as the club endeavours to reduce costs. We are particularly keen for our large number of junior members to register as we are considering the development of coaching and educational programmes. So register as soon as you have your 2015 membership number. It is an important time for game anglers and the club wants to be in the position to give you as much information as it can on developments.

Sunday, 15 March 2015 08:52

Club committee to consider proposed kill licence

Inverness Angling Club's committee will gather for its monthly meeting this Thursday (March 19). One of the main items on the agenda will be final discussion of the club's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the proposed introduction, from the 2016 season, of a kill licence for salmon. The club's view is that such a licence is bureaucratic and unnecessary, and will damage the the organisations that deliver reasonably priced salmon angling. Club members who may wish matters to be considered by the committee should contact the secretary via the web site contact form.

Friday, 13 March 2015 16:24

Moving forward with a new web site

The club’s refreshed web site is now up and running, thanks to the efforts of member Stevie Graham who deserves a big vote of thanks. Thanks are also due to Lawrence Deans who first developed the web site and has run it for several years.

We hope you will find it useful. And don’t forget to register. With your details on site we will be able to get important information to members very quickly without incurring costly postal charges. There are facilities to e-mail the secretary and membership secretary and we’re also inviting you to e-mail your River Ness fishing pictures to us for potential use in the news or gallery sections. The site is now linked to Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 19:43

Dochfour boat takes a trip downstream.

High water brought an unusual visitor to Inverness Angling Club’s Ness fishings this past week (w/b March 9). Sharp-eyed anglers – walking around the fishery rather than fishing – spotted the grey gunwales and black bottom of a boat stuck on the island between The Pass and the west bank of the river. It turns out that the flood tore a boat from its moorings on the Dochfour beat, some five miles upriver. Recovery is unlikely to be easy as it is on the far side of a fast, deep stream, even in low water; surrounded by debris; and with a substantial tree lying across it.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 20:18

Winter anglers set league records


Inverness Angling Club’s eight-month winter trout league has again attracted major sponsorship. Snowbee, the international tackle dealers, have joined Grahams of Inverness, Neil Fraser of Bellfield Enterprises and Stewart Mackintosh of Achagour Fishery in supporting the league for the sixth successive year. Stewart Dickie has also continued his sponsorship of the £25 monthly award for the best bag.

Recent sessions have seen some of the 30 participants achieve their best catches in the history of the league. Club treasurer Billy MacKenzie took February’s £25 tackle voucher with a superb two fish bag of 14lb 6oz, of which his best fish weighed in at 8lb 2oz. Other fishers did well but were over 3lb behind Billy – Alex Elliott with a bag of 11lb 9oz, Alan Davidson with 11lb 8oz and Mike Campbell with 10lb 12oz. The league will end with a four fish final, celebration lunch and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

Monday, 02 March 2015 19:39

New lease signed for Ness fishings

Inverness Angling Club has finally been able to conclude a new 20-year lease with The Highland Council for the Ness fishings, covering the period from October 2014 to October 2034. The lease, on which the committee took the appropriate legal advice to protect club interests, was signed on behalf of the club by the president, vice president and secretary.

Monday, 02 March 2015 19:31

Club takes steps towards training programme

Inverness Angling Club has decided to join the Scottish Anglers National Association (SANA) to win support for the education and training of our strong under18 group of members. SANA is affiliated to the Angling Development Board for Scotland (ADBoS) and can secure Scottish Sports Council funding for coaching development and training. ADBoS representative John Hood travelled from Tayside to attend the committee’s February meeting and brief the club on the group’s aims and objectives and the assistance available.

The committee will be looking at various training options over the next month or two, including the training of three or four coaches to Level 1 standard. Any member interested in taking coaching qualifications should e-mail the secretary on the contact form. We are particularly interested in hearing from a number of our younger members, from 18 years old into the 20s. But there are also many retired members in the club with plenty of spare time to complete the training and assist our development programme.

Monday, 02 March 2015 19:28

Discount delivers new members

While membership numbers at February were behind the total for the same period last year, the new discounted rate for anglers who have not been members within the last five years is generating valuable income. Twelve new senior members joined in February, of which 10 were at the discounted rate of £100.

Current membership stands at 175 compared with 234 at the same point in 2014. Seniors total 96 (as against 118 last year), associates 15 (27), concession 31 (37) and junior 31 (46). The club has again appealed for members to recruit one new member this year. Application forms can be downloaded from the web site. Any member who can put up a recruitment poster in a suitable place of work should contact membership through the web site contact facility.

Monday, 02 March 2015 19:09

Ruthven boat drifts to Grahams

Grahams of Inverness, the Inverness tackle dealer, has taken on the marketing and management of Inverness Angling Club’s boat on Loch Ruthven, a noted Highland brown trout loch. Proceeds will be split between the two oganisations and club members will be able to get free use when the boat is not booked. The move follows decreasing use of the boat by club members, even when offered at no charge. The committee is grateful for the work of Barry Mitchel in managing bookings for the boat for several years. 

Monday, 02 February 2015 21:09

Angling club launches drive for new members

As some 45 Ness salmon fishermen celebrated the opening of the 2015 season on Monday (February 2), Inverness Angling Club launched a major recruitment drive in a bid to reverse declining senior membership. President Mike Campbell announced that anglers who had not been members within the last five years could join the club for £100 for the season – a £50 discount on the standard senior fee.

“That could well be the catch of the year – a season’s salmon fishing on one of the leading club waters in Scotland for the equivalent of £2.70 per week,” said Mr Campbell. “This is a one-off deal for 2015. We hope that it will attract a significant number of new members who will stay on and boost membership and club funds in future years.” He explained: “Senior membership, which delivers a key element of our income, fell by 25 per cent (233 to 174) in the five years to 2014. It’s a situation that is reflected in many sports clubs at present, but we are determined to halt the decline and increase membership.”

The club has also taken steps to increase the number of visiting anglers, slashing main season rates by £10 to £25 a day and placing the Ness fishings on FishPal, the international web booking system for angling. It is also offering associate membership to those outside the City of Inverness area for an annual payment of £165.

Opening day saw Inverness City Leader Councillor Ian Brown take the first cast of the season after Neil Souter, manager of opening day sponsors Holm Mills Shopping Village, had stimulated hopes for a good season with the traditional 'blessing of the water' with a large dram of malt whisky.


Councillor Brown said Inverness Angling Club, which leased the Town Fishings from Inverness Common Good Fund, played a major part in the promotion and development of the entire Ness System. "They manage the fishings efficiently and effectively, and their renowned angling abilities enhance visitor experience of the river and its environs," said Councillor Brown. "We strongly support the club's aims and objectives in providing high quality, low cost salmon and sea trout fishing to local and visiting anglers."

Neil Souter said: "Club members always give a fantastic welcome to the many visitors to the Mill who enjoy a stroll by the River Ness, chatting and watching the anglers ply their craft. It is always a privilege to support the club on opening day and throughout the season."


Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:25

Ness season set to open

City leader will take first cast   

The civic leader of the City of Inverness, Councillor Ian Brown, has kindly agreed to take the first cast of the 2015 salmon season at the opening day ceremony at the Mill Stream Pool, by Holm Mills, on Monday (February 2). All members and prospective members are welcome to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Holm Mills Shopping Village. The ceremony is timed for 10 for 10.30 am.


Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:22

Scottish Parliament moves to protect early springers

Club conservation rule remains

Anglers will have noted that the Scottish Parliament has approved new laws governing annual close times and the conservation of spring salmon. Under these laws, anglers and netsmen must not kill salmon in the period before April 1. The annual netting season has been shortened and now runs from April 1 to August 26 inclusive.The measures are designed to protect the currently low levels of spring salmon in Scotland. They will run for five years. It is important to note that all other voluntary conservation agreements on the Ness system remain unchanged. These include Inverness Angling Club's Rule 5.1, which specifies that all salmon and grilse caught prior to June 1 must be released, regardless of condition.


Sunday, 25 January 2015 01:01

2015 salmon season opens on February 2

IAC members will stage traditional opening ceremony

Inverness Angling Club will celebrate the opening day of the 2015 salmon season with a ceremony at the Mill Stream Pool, by Holm Mills, at 10 for 10.30 am on Monday February 2. The event, once again, will be sponsored by the Holm Mills Shopping Village whose manager, Neil Soutar, will follow the tradition of blessing the water with a large dram.

Club members are asked to gather in the main mill car park, in waders and with fishing rods, from where Pipe Major Ken Watson will lead the march to the river. Following the ceremony, coffee, tea and bacon rolls will be provided in the mill’s Ghillie’s Restaurant. Membership secretary Alex Elliott will have season permits available for purchase for all membership categories, including a £100 special offer for anglers within the immediate area of the City of Inverness who have not been members of the club within the last five years.

Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:59

IAC launches recruitment drive

Special offers aim to attract more members and visitors

Inverness Angling Club will launch an intensive recruitment drive this year as adult membership continued a five-year fall, from 233 in 2010 to 174 in 2014. To attract new senior members, the club will offer a substantial membership discount – from £150 to £100 – for anglers who have not been members of the club within the last five years. Application forms for new members can be downloaded from the Permits page of the club’s web site.

Visiting anglers will also get a special deal in 2015. Daily permits will fall by £10 to £25 a day in the peak season from June 1 to October 15. Permits for a full week will cost £125. Members from outside the immediate area of Inverness can join the club as an associate member, for a fee of £165.

The club will also be looking at creating an education and development programme for the record 140 young anglers of 17 and under who took advantage of free membership in 2014.

Sunday, 11 January 2015 15:12

2015 permits now on sale

IAC offers value-for-money fishing

Permits for the River Ness fishings of Inverness Angling Club are now on sale from Graham’s Tackle Shop in Castle Street, Inverness. Senior membership renewal costs £150 while concessionary membership is charged at £55. Intermediate membership, for those aged 18 to 20 inclusive, is available for £50. The annual fee for the sea trout fishery from the Black Bridge to the sea costs £10. Junior membership, for those aged up to and including 17, is free. New members can download an application form at the Permits page of the web site.