Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:04

Gordon smiles all the way to the bank

Inverness Angling Club treasurer Gordon Smith was a happy man today (Tuesday, December 13) as he banked cheques totalling £3,500 to the club’s account. “Nothing makes a treasurer happier than banking significant amounts of cash,” he said.

The first cheque was one for £2,500 from the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board (see the story ‘Board rewards skills development’). A second cheque, for £1,000, came direct from the Scottish Government as compensation for the club having to destroy its much-praised brochure and promotional leaflet as a result of government changes to fishery regulations.

Editor Alan Scott said: “It is a real pity that regulations made these publications redundant. In a feature on the club in his ‘Angling club of the month’ series in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, the late Bruce Sandison described it as ‘the best angling club brochure I’ve ever seen’.” The club committee shortly will consider the future of the club’s printed communications.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:23

Board rewards skills development

The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board has recognised the efforts of Inverness Angling Club to promote ‘angling for all’ and assist the board in collecting more data about the fishery.

Board chief executive Chris Conroy today (Tuesday, December 13) presented the club with a cheque for £2,500. This acknowledges the club’s introduction of qualified coaches to help train its 100-plus under 18 members, its continuing instruction to all-comers through its June casting clinics and its commitment to providing 24-hour catch reporting throughout the 2017 season.

“The club makes a significant contribution to angling throughout the Ness System through the provision of affordable and accessible salmon fishing for all.  In particular, it has gone to great efforts to develop its very healthy junior section and in so doing is investing in the future of the sport,” said Chris. “We know that assisting the club in this way will sustain its future development.”

Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “The board’s action is very much appreciated by the club. Our junior members form the foundations on which the club will build its future, so it is crucial that we help them develop the full range of angling skills.”


 Chris Conroy presents the £2,500 cheque to president Graham Mackenzie.

Looking on are (left to right): treasurer Gordon Smith, secretary Steve Black and vice president Alex Elliott

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:49

Build your skills

Inverness Angling Club is launching a fly tying class to be held each Thursday from January 12 to April 27 next year. The class will run from 7 pm to 9 pm each Thursday in Hilton Community Centre. The dates are: January 12, 19 and 26; February 2, 9, 16 and 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and April 6, 13, 20 and 27.  If successful, the class will be staged as an annual series from October of 2017 to April of 2018.

Experienced adult club members will be very welcome. But we are making a special effort to encourage junior members to come along. Parents will be most welcome, especially if they too want to have a go at tying flies.

Expert fly tyers will be present to pass on their skills. The club’s qualified coaches will help supervise the class. All have completed the Disclosure Scotland process, qualified to the SQA/Scottish Anglers National Association Level 1 standard and taken additional intensive courses in child protection and first aid.

Please bring your own fly tying tools if you have them, but tying vices and materials will be available for those who don’t.There will be a £2 fee per head per night to cover hall hire costs. 

Please spread the word about the class and let us know if you plan to attend by posting a message on this web site at Club Details/Contact/Secretary.

Saturday, 03 December 2016 08:38

IAC wins potential lifeline

Fishery regulators have thrown Inverness Angling Club a lifeline that could well secure the future of the club in its centenary year. Season 2016 had seen club membership plummet as Wild Fisheries Reform imposed mandatory catch and release on the Ness System, over concerns about interference with salmon bound for the River Moriston, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

A consultation on regulations that proposed continuation of Category 3 in 2017 brought strong responses from Ness fishery interests, including IAC. These have finally persuaded the Scottish Government to allow a limited harvest of salmon which could help stimulate a resurgence in membership. 

The entire Ness System will remain in Category 3, imposing mandatory catch and release, from January 15 to June 30 of 2017, protecting salmon running to the River Moriston. From July 1 to October 15, the system - with the exception of the Moriston - will be upgraded to Category 2. The government has approved a conservation plan - developed by the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board in consultation with IAC - which will allow anglers to retain one cock fish of 8lbs/69cm/27ins or less per angler per week, to a maximum of two fish per angler per season. 

All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 8lbs/69cm/27ins must be released, along with all coloured and unseasonable fish. During the Category 3 period, an angler caught in possession of a dead salmon or grilse faces prosecution that may result in a criminal conviction.

IAC president Graham MacKenzie said: “This relaxation of the regulations represents a lifeline for the club, giving us a real chance to recover members lost to surrounding Category 1 or 2 rivers."

But he warned: “All anglers throughout the Ness system have a responsibility to adhere to the regulations and conservation policy. Otherwise we face the real threat of being put back into Category 3 which I'm sure no-one would want.”

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:38

Committee welcomes new faces

Members attending Inverness Angling Club’s AGM elected a committee that combined continuity with some new faces, especially from the younger elements of the membership. President Graham Mackenzie, in the second of a three-year term, will be joined by office-bearers Alex Elliott, vice president; Steve Black, secretary; and Gordon Smith, treasurer and membership secretary.

They will lead a committee formed by existing members Tony Quinn, Eric Craig, Neil Fraser, Bill Byers, Steve Watt, Paul Owen, James Robertson and John Sutherland with returning members John Hamilton and Lawrence Deans, and two of the club’s younger members, Billy Murdoch and Aiden Macdonald.

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:06

Finances improve

The health of Inverness Angling Club’s finances improved during 2016, thanks to ‘austerity’ measures taken by the committee and a continuing grant from Inverness Common Good Fund. Income fell to £39,020, from £42,412 in 2015, as mandatory catch and release regulations hit membership. Costs totalled £40,415, down by £4,617 on 2015. With the grant, the surplus for the year was £8,105 compared with £6,880 in 2015.

The club leases the Ness Fishings from the Common Good Fund and manages them on the fund’s behalf. The grant is designed to help the club rebuild its finances to a point where reserves reach two to two and a half times annual outgoings. At present this would be at least £80,000, enabling the club to be self sufficient and meet any further sudden falls in income.

Monday, 28 November 2016 08:39

Braes needs extra hands

Work continues apace on the banks of the Braes where Lawrence Deans and his volunteers have removed a massive amount of prickly gorse to clear the path. These pictures show just how much space has been opened up to improve anglers’ access. Some sections of the beat still need work and extra hands would be appreciated. Check Facebook for Lawrence’s work parties, usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


A clear bank

Another section opened up

Friday, 25 November 2016 20:03

Awards for two

President Graham MacKenzie presented two popular and deserving club members with annual awards at the AGM. The Corie Horne Trophy for the first verified spring fish of the year went to Tony Quinn, who landed and released a 13lb fish from the MacIntyre Pool on April 8. The trophy was accompanied by a bottle of whisky gifted by committee member Neil Fraser. The ‘Angler of the Year’ shield was presented to Neil Porter, an angler and craftsman who never fails to delight members with the quality of his riverside work for the club. Neil also collected a £50 discount on his 2017 membership fee. Congratulations to both.


Cup for Tony

Angler of the Year

Friday, 25 November 2016 08:09

Ness upgrade for peak of 2017 season

The result is in…! Campaigning by salmon fishery interests on the Ness system has persuaded the Scottish Government to upgrade the conservation status of the system. All parts of the Ness system, with the exception of the River Moriston, will rise to Category 2 from July 1, 2017. Until then, all parts of the Ness system will remain on Category 3.

The upgrade, for which Inverness Angling Club made strong representations to government departments and MSPs, will mean that anglers will be able to take a fish for the pot from July 1 to October 15, subject to an appropriate conservation agreement being concluded with the Scottish Government. The ban on killing fish will continue to the end of June and any angler taking a fish during this period is liable to prosecution for a criminal offence.

The news came less than three hours prior to the start of IAC’s annual general meeting, meaning that president Graham MacKenzie had his work cut out to finalise and print papers for the meeting. Well done, Mr President!


Friday, 25 November 2016 08:07

Conservation category causes losses

Mandatory catch and release on the Ness System in 2016 had two significant impacts on Inverness Angling Club. Club membership suffered a serious drop in membership – 36 full-fee local members and eight associate members, leading to a reduction of £5,840 in ticket sales. Visitor numbers rose slightly to 266, from 259 in 2015. Catches of salmon and grilse were down by 25.9 per cent and the club believes that this was the result of fewer people fishing the club’s beat.

President Graham MacKenzie told the club’s AGM: “It was clear from the start of the 2016 season that fewer people were fishing our River Ness beat, despite the more dedicated anglers in the club showing that fish were there to be caught and released. We know that some of our members decided to join clubs on rivers where conservation categories allowed fish to be taken for the pot. The financial impact on the club is serious and is one of the key issues we will have to tackle in 2017, our centenary year.”

Friday, 25 November 2016 07:22

Ardent anglers reap rewards

Members attending the AGM of Inverness Angling Club on Thursday (November 24) heard that catches for the 2016 season totalled 177, a drop of 25.9 per cent on 2015. As usual, those members who put in most time on the river reaped the best results. One member caught 16 salmon or grilse, one caught 15, one caught 14 and two caught nine each. The largest fish fell to Nick Barker, a massive specimen of over 20 lbs landed on the left side of the Mill Stream. The spring period (February to the end of May) produced 29 salmon, all released, compared to nine in 2015. Sea trout catches showed totalled 80 with 51 released.


Friday, 25 November 2016 07:16

Board deal will reduce permit prices

A cash deal on catch reporting to the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board (NDSFB) will be used to reduce Inverness Angling Club’s core fees in 2017. The board, which is seeking to secure more up to date catch intelligence across the Ness System, has agreed to pay £2,500 to the club in return for daily catch reporting.

The adult fee (21 and over) will fall by £10 to £150. Other local fees will remain as in 2015 – intermediate (18 to 20 inclusive) at £50, concession at £65 and lady at £80. Fees for associate members, those who live outside the club’s immediate membership area, will be brought into line with local members, a saving of £25 for men and £15 for ladies. Free membership will continue for juniors (17 and under).

Anglers joining the club will pay the standard charge, with no joining fee. The club will continue a special entry fee of £100 for those who have not been members of the club within the last five years. Sea trout tickets, for the area from the Black Bridge to the sea, will be charged at £20 for the season.


Friday, 25 November 2016 07:09

Visitor fees offer great deal

Charges for visitors to Inverness Angling Club’s fishings will be unchanged for 2017, offering a great deal for travelling anglers. From the opening of the season on February 1 to May 31, adults will pay £15 per day or £75 per week. From June 1 to the close of the season on October 15, adult fees will be £25 per day or £125 per week. Half day permits (1300 hours to midnight) will be available from June 1 to October 15 at a charge of £15. Junior visitors (17 and under) will pay £10 a day throughout the sesason, confirming the club’s determination to do as much as it can to encourage  young people to take up angling.


Friday, 25 November 2016 07:07

Guest concession removed

The AGM approved a proposal by the committee that half price fishing for guests of club members, facilitated through three boxes on the permits of adult members, should be withdrawn. The boxes were originally introduced to give friends of members an introduction to the club’s fishings, with the aim of encouraging them to join the club. Recently, however, it had become clear that the facility was being abused, used by anglers who had no intention of joining the club and incurring financial loss for the club in the peak season.


Friday, 25 November 2016 07:06

Late penalty continues

Accurate catch returns are not only a legal requirement but they provide important intelligence for fishery managers. Anglers and club’s have a responsibility to meet this requirement so Inverness Angling Club imposes a penalty of £20 on members who fail to submit a return by the due date. This is added to members’ fees for the following season. A similar penalty is applied for late renewal. The club has to pay substantial rent and assessment invoices early each year, so early renewal is crucial to generating the income to meet these costs. The penalty will be applied if membership is not renewed by April 1 each year.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:04

AGM call to all members

Another reminder that the annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall, Inverness, at 7.30 pm tomorrow (Thursday, November 24). It promises to be a busy meeting with the committee putting forward a series of recommendations for members’ consideration. Whatever the weather, please make a special effort to attend. This is your chance to present your views on how the club should meet the challenges of the future.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:38

Wednesday session at Braes

There won't be any bush cutting at the Braes this weekend as leader Lawrence Deans can’t make it. But a session is taking place tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9) at Beat 3 above the iron steps. Lawrence would welcome some help for an hour or two from 12 noon. In passing, you might catch a glimpse of the first span of the West Link bridge which arrived this morning.

Saturday, 05 November 2016 21:21

Volunteers demonstrate club spirit

Another session of cutting gorse today saw major progress in restoring the path down the left bank of the Red Braes, now earning its name in full autumnal colour. Lawrence Deans’ working party finished Beat 4 and made a start on the treed area further upstream. The next cutting session will make further progress on this area.

Said Lawrence: “Many thanks to Thumper, Bill Byers, Donnie Cameron, Jordon Grant and John Macdonald, an associate member who came all the way from Evanton.” President Graham MacKenzie added: “This has been a sterling effort by the volunteers over the last three weeks and demonstrates great club spirit.”


Bill hard at work....

....and having a well earned rest

Happy at work - John from Evanton

Tidying up - a good job

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 20:28

Cut along to the Braes

Lawrence Deans has issued another appeal for volunteers to help cut back bushes which have made some parts of the Braes a no-go fishing area. He said: "Five hours bush cutting today has cleared a path from the iron steps to the bottom. We need volunteers for Saturday (November 5) from 10.30 am onwards to finish off the bank and tidy up some of the cut gorse.”

Lawrence has two good sets of loppers and will supply gloves. Many hands make light work so give Lawrence your pair to improve access to a popular and successful fishing pool.


Work in progress....

...and a good path cleared

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:20

Challenging time for AGM

The annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall, Inverness, at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 24. AGMs are always important for club members. Office bearers will be reporting on the year past and looking forward to the year ahead. And 2017 will be a particularly challenging year. The club has experienced a significant drop in membership and income as a result of the Ness System being placed under Conservation Category 3 of the Scottish Government’s Wild Fisheries Reform.

The committee will present, for members’ approval, a series of recommendations in a bid to improve the club’s prospects. Members can also submit proposals for consideration. Note that notices of motion for submission to the AGM should be made in writing, signed by the member giving the notice and delivered to the interim secretary, Gordon Smith, 10 clear days before the date of the meeting, ie by Sunday, November 13, 2016. See the membership card for Gordon’s address.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 20:52

Volunteers sought for Braes

Most members who fish the upper part of the IAC beat will know that the canal-side bank of the Braes has become quite a difficult area to fish as a result of bush growth. Lawrence Deans is aiming to reverse that by organising bush-cutting work parties at the week-ends. He is appealing for volunteers for the next work party this Saturday (October 29) at 10.30 am. Remember to bring tools like loppers for cutting whin and broom branches.


Work has started....

...but more remains to be done

Sunday, 23 October 2016 15:33

Deadline close for catch returns

The deadline for the submission of 2016 catch returns by members of Inverness Angling Club is fast approaching. Members will be aware that failure to submit a return will mean a penalty of £20 payable when they renew their season ticket in 2017.

Catch returns play a vital role in the club’s attempts to persuade the Scottish Government to elevate the Ness from its current Category 3 (mandatory catch and release) status, so it is essential that we receive full and accurate returns from all members.

For convenience, members can still place their return cards, including nil returns, in the sealed boxes which will remain available in the club huts and in Graham’s Tackle shop until Wednesday, October 26. Alternatively, they can be posted to the address on the card by that date. If you have just forgotten, please get your card in without further delay and save yourself the £20 penalty.

Saturday, 22 October 2016 19:07

Ian gets four

Associate member Ian Jennings is a regular visitor to IAC’s beat from his home in Wolverhampton. He comes to fish and spends many hours on the river, an approach that has helped him account for several good specimens this year. His last of the season came on Monday, October 10, on the Leven Trees Pool – just at the spot where the infamous ‘Tilting Bridge’ was proposed! It was his second fly-caught fish of the day, weighing in at a good 7lbs, and one of four caught in three days.

One of four for Ian

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:37

Fly works again for Kevin

It was lucky thirteen for Kevin Greig Elliott on Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness beat. On October 13, as the season approached its close, Kevin took himself to the Weir Pool which has delivered considerable success for him this season. Once again, a well-fished fly worked for him, and he hooked, landed and released a hard fighting fish of around 8lbs.


Another good fish for Kevin

Saturday, 08 October 2016 15:48

BBQ marks season's end

A good gathering of members and friends of Inverness Angling Club today enjoyed their annual close of season barbecue by the MacIntyre Pool. A willing team of members put in a lot of their time to ensure the success of the event, led by David Dyce, Neil Porter and club president Graham MacKenzie. The preparation of beefburgers and hot dogs was in the skilled hands of Alex Elliott while wife Eileen, river watcher Lewis Lisle and former president Mike Campbell combined their efforts to ensure a successful raffle.


Good crowd - good craic

Gordon Smith and Lewis Lisle enjoy a bite

A family event for fishery director Chris Conroy

Mike Campbell presides over a bounty of prizes



Zander gets the booby prize!

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:37

Mike makes 11

Mike Campbell was back at his favourite spot on the IAC fishings this morning and increased his season's tally to 11. He fished the MacIntyre right down to below Charlie's Seat and was just about to come out when he got a strong pull and eventually landed a well-coloured salmon of around 8 lbs.

Saturday, 01 October 2016 17:02

Another two from the Isle

And the fish keep coming…! The latest, a fresh six pound salmon, came to the rod of James Robertson at the Little Isle on Saturday. Let’s hope there’s a few more before the Ness season closes on October 15. Graham Ross made it two from the Isle with a nice fish.


James playing his fish in high water at the Little Isle

Friday, 30 September 2016 21:23

October deadline for catch returns

It’s that time of the year again….! Boxes for the annual returns of catches have been placed in the huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream, and in the tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness in Castle Street.

Catch returns play an important part in Scottish Government decisions on the categorisation of rivers, so all those who have caught and released salmon and grilse this season should submit a full return by October 23 at the latest. Club rules state that failure to comply will incur an additional charge for permits the following season. 

Friday, 30 September 2016 21:20

Bridge makes progress

Latest reports on the bridge construction above Holm Mills confirm that contractors have completed piling operations on the north pier (canal side) and have begun excavation. Wills Bros expect to place underwater concrete on October 11 and 12. Bags and the temporary bridge will be removed by October 15.

On the south pier, the contractors are plan to cast the pier on Thursday, October 6. Bags and the long temporary bridge will be removed by October 15. The short bridge spanning the Mill Lade will be left in place.

High water has washed away some 15 bags over the last few days. The contractors will try to retrieve them before October 15.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:57

Two from Mac

An early start on the MacIntyre Pool on Monday paid off for IAC associate member Jim Kennedy of Pitlochry, whose second home is his caravan at Bunchrew. Jim caught and released two good salmon, the first opposite the MacIntyre hut and the second in the area of Charlie’s Seat.

Saturday, 24 September 2016 15:56

Early hours success

The ‘young ones’ were on form again this morning as they made an early hours assault on the Braes Pool at the top of Inverness Angling Club’s beats. Kevin Greig-Elliott caught and released two grilse of 5 to 6 lbs and lost another two – one of which was a pretty heavy, fresh fish. Colin Fraser, also fishing the Braes, had a fish of 6lbs and lost another. 

Friday, 23 September 2016 20:08

And Donnie makes 14....!

This morning saw Donnie Urquhart land a fresh 5lb grilse in the Mill Stream to raise his season’s catch to 14 and confirm his place as top rod on Inverness Angling Club’s beats. Earlier in the week, associate member Darren Lloyd from Sittingbourne in Kent landed a nice fish on a size 10 black pennel. And local member Andy Massari got a good result from his favourite Braes Pool.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:53

IAC fights for fair treatment

The committee of Inverness Angling Club has submitted a strong response to the latest consultation on Wild Fisheries Reform, under which it is proposed to place the entire Ness System in Category 3 for a second year – despite the River Ness itself being upgraded to Category 1.

The submission argues that the categorisation, meaning mandatory C&R in 2017, is based on a flawed modelling system used by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) which has not included all the significant data available for the River Moriston SAC. It begs the question as to why MSS stated that the best available data would be used when determining river classifications when clearly this appears not to have been the case for the Moriston.

President Graham MacKenzie writes: “Historically no fishing has taken place on the River Moriston after the end of June because that river’s runs of fresh salmon are over by this time. The Moriston has been C&R for many years, there is no fishing above its short estuary beat and evidence suggests that the runs of salmon through Dundreggan dam are slowly increasing year on year. Yet the counter data has been dismissed from MSS calculations. Surely all available and significant evidence…should have been used when determining the Moriston's conservation level?”

Graham points out the potential impact of the proposal on the River Ness and IAC. Nearby Category 1 and 2 rivers are attracting members from IAC, causing a financial loss of over £7,000 in ticket sales. The submission proposes that from 16th August 2017 until the 30th September 2017 anglers fishing the River Ness only, from the Dochfour Weir to the sea, be allowed, should they wish, to retain one salmon (tagged) under 10lbs or measuring under 28 inches/71cms. Previous published study reports from well respected scientific sources have stated that the River Ness has its own unique salmon population and any fish retained during this period would have no impact on salmon destined for the Moriston. This “concession” would not be against the conservation principles because the River Ness, as shown in the recent consultation document, would have been a Category 1 river in 2017.

“Mandatory C&R would still apply for nine months out of the 10 month fishing season, thus allowing the vulnerable spring runs safe passage. An arrangement like this could help retain and boost membership and may well save Inverness Angling Club, a club that promotes “fishing for all”, from closure, and secure for the future its affordable fishings from which many locals, youngsters and visitors derive so much pleasure.”

Concluding the submission, Graham says: “All that is asked for is some fairness. MSS’s own calculations prove that the River Ness is not a poor performer. We are willing to make some significant sacrifices. But unless the classification for the River Ness is changed I fear the final nail in the coffin for this club may not be too far away! Please have a rethink before it is too late to safeguard the continuing existence of Inverness Angling Club.”

Copies of the full text of the submission are available in the club huts.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:30

Join us for the BBQ!

Inverness Angling Club invites members to its popular close-of-season barbecue at the MacIntyre Hut from 12.30 pm on Saturday, October 8. While there will be no charge for the event, the club hopes that you will buy a few raffle tickets, donate a prize or both. The money raised by the raffle funds the event and the surplus is used to defray the costs of gas, tea and coffee supplies for the club huts. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, 12 September 2016 18:45

Kevin strikes silver

Kevin Greig Elliott continued his run of catches tonight (September 12) with a 6lb grilse on fly from the Silver Wells Pool. A delighted Kevin said: “Lovely grilse tonight from the River Ness. What a savage take when it took the fly! Good way to finish a Monday.” Kevin’s fish raises the Inverness Angling Club total for the season so far to 127.


A silver fish for Kevin


Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:29

Derek takes Legion brownie

IAC membership secretary Tony Quinn welcomes friends from the south to the River Ness each year. Derek Hutchison, one of the group on their current visit, landed a magnificent 5lb brown trout from the Legion Pool. Much admired by local anglers at the usual ‘gathering place’ at the Little Isle, his catch shows the quality of brownies that cruise the club water.


Derek with his cracking brownie

Friday, 09 September 2016 07:51

Four for Davy

David Dyce doesn’t dawdle when it comes to catching salmon. He is into double figures on Inverness Angling Club’s water now, and has caught and released four fish from 5 to 9 lbs this week on the big casting Silver Wells and MacIntyre Pools. The total from all rods for the week, up to today (Friday), is 13 fish. With good water running, there are more anglers out on the river today, including some welcome visitors. Total catches should rise before close of play on Saturday night.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 21:23

Nic aims for repeat visit

Another visiting angler has shared his positive experience of Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness beats. Nic Smith wrote on September 6: “I was up from Leeds last week and fished the Ness for the first time in just over 25 years. What a great river, and local anglers so helpful and accommodating.

"The river never changes and is still as beautiful as I last remember. Only managed a day and a half on Little Isle and MacIntyre beat. Had a fish on both days but lost both. Thanks to all; such a great place to fish. Hope the membership does not drop any further and still going for your centenary next year, when I will be back.”

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Nic, and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 17:54

September newsletter

The September edition of the IAC newsletter is now available, giving members some important information on current issues.

Ensure you have future editions delivered straight to your email inbox by using the signup form HERE

To access the online version of the newsletter click HERE

Friday, 02 September 2016 19:54

Nine for Aiden

Aiden Macdonald is putting in the hours on Inverness Angling Club’s waters, and his efforts continue to bring success. Fishing his favourite NessC fly on the MacIntyre Pool today, Aiden brought his ninth fish of the season to the bank, a specimen of just over 7lbs which was safely released.


Aiden about to release his 7lb fish

Thursday, 01 September 2016 19:20

Government proposes no change to Ness grade 3

There will be no change in the conservation category of the River Ness in 2017, according to Scottish Government proposals issued for a 28-day consultation today (Thursday, September 1). Although the River Ness retains Grade 2, the entire Ness fishery district will remain in Grade 3 because of the underperforming River Moriston SAC. Scottish Government scientists have decided that the risk of anglers taking Moriston salmon on their way upstream determines that Ness restrictions should continue.

This has dashed hopes of Ness anglers that upgrading to Grade 2 would allow members and visitors to take a fish, subject to an acceptable conservation agreement with the local fishery board. Importantly, it was felt that upgrading would encourage former members to rejoin the club, increase the number of visitors and counteract the almost £7,000 deficit faced by the fall in membership this year.

The 28-day consultation period gives anglers the opportunity to have their say. So here is the challenge to members – let us know, via the web site response facility, how you can help. Access the web site at www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk and select Club details/Contact.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:10

Skills deliver success for Aiden

Inverness Angling Club takes pride in helping its young members develop their skills, and watching them to grow into successful anglers. One such member is 20-year-old Aiden MacDonald who has become one of our most noted Speycasters over the last several years.

The 2016 season is proving to be one of Aiden’s best, with eight fish to his credit to date. His latest was a 4lb grilse from the Weir Pool last Friday (August 26), taken on a NessC fly.


A nice grilse for Aiden, safely returned


Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:30

Boost from Buckie

Further praise for the River Ness beats of Inverness Angling Club comes from Buckie angler Melville McDonald, who spent a couple of days on the water last week on the exchange permit from Aberdeen and District Angling Association. Of his first day, Mel says: “Lost a nice fish on my third cast in the Mill Pool this morning where there is a lot of noise from the new bridge construction. Back this evening to see if I can connect properly and hopefully the weather will not be so bright.”

Of his second day, Mel comments: “Started at 7.30 am and fished until 14.30. Not a touch but saw quite a lot of fish. Very bright conditions again. The guy wearing a red shirt across the river came into the neck of the Mill pool that I had just fished twice and immediately hooked and landed a fresh grilse! I can't offer any excuse.!! Lovely water and everyone I met was extremely pleasant and helpful. The fishings are very well maintained by volunteer committee members. Must go back sometime.”

As with all our visitors, we look forward to seeing Mel again soon.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:45

A chance for everyone

It’s never too late! Gavin Mackie renewed his membership of Inverness Angling Club last week, took to the MacIntyre on the same day and landed a sparking grilse of 5lb. Although the river level is on the lowish side, there seems to be plenty of fish in the pools – offering both members and visitors a chance of connecting with fine, sporting fish.


Gavin with his MacIntyre grilse


Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:32

Bridge works make progress

Bridge contractors Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd report that piling on the north (Bught side) platform will be completed this week. Excavation of the south cofferdam was completed this week to permit the installation of bottom bracings and props.

The company claim that they removed six loose dumpy bags downstream of the works area, but at least three remain in the Mill Stream. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:05

Mill Stream delivers another grilse

Club member Denny Mackay, on his third outing on the river this season today (Thursday, August 25), landed a sparkling fly-caught grilse of around 4lbs on the Whin Island bank of the Mill Stream. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016 18:22

Stewart shares his joy

Visitors are singing the praises of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings. The latest positive posting came from Stewart Allum of East Sussex as he submitted his catch return to club president Graham MacKenzie. Stewart had a brief encounter with a salmon on the MacIntyre Pool but it came off.

He added: “I have to say I was most impressed with the club’s stretch of the river which boasts some great fly water, and found it a joy to fish there, whilst a visit to Graham’s tackle shop would whet the appetite of any salmon fisher. We hope to return to Scotland next year when, with luck, I’ll have a bit more time to spare”

Many thanks, Stewart. We look forward to seeing you again next year. 

Monday, 22 August 2016 21:28

Grilse keep coming

River Ness water levels dropped at the week-end but club anglers fishing the back of the morning and evening tides on Monday (August 22) caught four feisty fish. In the morning, Kevin Greig-Elliott landed a fresh five pounder from the MacIntyre Pool while associate member Jim Kennedy had a successful tussle with a sporty fish at the Little Isle. 

Aiden Macdonald, fishing the back of the afternoon tide, raised his season’s total to seven with a 7lb specimen on the Mill Stream. He reported lots of fish showing in the pool. Alan Scott also benefited from the run with a lice-covered 3lb grilse from the Bught side of the Mill Stream. 

On Tuesday, Dave Crerar returned to his favourite Weir Pool and landed a sparkling grilse of 5lbs. Lawrence Deans landed grilse of 5lbs and 6lbs at the Little Isle in the afternoon and day ticket visitor Ronnie Fraser got one of 5lbs from the MacIntyre Pool in the evening.

This week's catches so far raise the total caught on the club water to 40 for August and 98 for the season, with the busiest period of the season still to come. At this time of the year, the club beats offer great value for visiting anglers - fishing on a beat with attractive, streamy pools that always offer the chance of a fish for £25 per day. Permits can be purchased at local tackle dealers, Grahams of Inverness, in Castle Street or from the hut by the Little Isle Pool. And it's not too late for anglers to get extrmely good angling value by taking out full membership for the rest of the season.


Kevin's MacIntyre grilse


Dave Crerar about to return this fly caught 5lb grilse


Ronnie Fraser's cracking 3lb sea trout from the MacIntyre

One of two for Lawrence Deans from the Little Isle

Monday, 22 August 2016 06:39

David's day to remember

Visitor David Kerr had a day to remember with his first fly caught salmon, taken and released at the Little Isle Pool on Saturday, August 20.

Monday, 22 August 2016 06:34

Fresh off the tide

Another fish, fresh off the tide, for Gary Goddard. The six pounder was caught in the MacIntyre Pool on a size 12 Castle Shrimp on Friday, August 19, and duly released.

Monday, 22 August 2016 06:30

Jordon's award

Jordon Grant receiving his Malloch certificate at Fishponds on the Tay on Monday, August 15.

Monday, 22 August 2016 06:26

He's on a roll!

He's on a roll! Aiden Macdonald about to return this fly caught salmon, his sixth, at the Macintyre pool on Wednesday, August 17.

Sunday, 21 August 2016 20:36

Inverness Speycasters show their skills

Two members of Inverness Angling Club were in the top four Speycasters at the recent Game Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Scott Mackenzie, of Mackenzie Flyfishing, won the event while 18-year-old Billy Murdoch, just setting out on what looks like a promising career in casting tournaments, came fourth.

Pictured (left to right) are Billy Murdoch, Lee Cummings (third place), Scott Mackenzie and Jono Tomlinson (second place)


Tuesday, 16 August 2016 06:23

Gary's grilse

Gary Goddard's 4lb grilse caught on a size 12 Castle Shrimp fly at the start of the MacIntyre Pool - south bank on August 15.  A quick photo before returning the fish safely.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 06:19

Another silver for Mike

Mike Campbell about to return this fly caught 8lbs salmon at the Macintyre Pool on Monday, August 15.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016 06:15

Nine pounder for Mike

Mike Campbell returning this fly caught 9lbs salmon at the Macintyre Pool on Monday, August 15.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 06:12

Continued success for Aiden

Aiden Macdonald's fly caught salmon, taken and released at the Mill Stream on Saturday, August 13.

Saturday, 13 August 2016 15:54

Coaching programme boosts youth angling

Inverness Angling Club has helped launch a four-week programme of tuition for young people attending The Highland Council’s Bridge Unit, which specialises in developing the practical skills of young people. The programme is supported bytheNess District Salmon Fishery Board, Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust, Inverness tackle dealers Graham and Company, international tackle manufacturers Shakespeare, Scottish Canals and Police Scotland.

The final session in the programme took place at Achagour Trout Fishery last Thursday (August 11), following previous sessions at Achagour, the Ness-Side beat of the River Ness and at Muirtown Basin. During the River Ness session, Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust biologists demonstrated electro-fishing to count and health check salmon and trout parr.

Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “The Bridge programme will introduce young people to practical angling skills that we hope will provide the base for a lifetime interest in the sport.”

Chris Conroy, director of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, explained that fishery boards, local angling clubs and national angling bodies had been concerned about declining membership, particularly amongst juniors who were the future of the sport.

“This partnership project is an excellent example of a range of local organisations working together to increase angling participation amongst young people. The key aim of the project is to successfully introduce and retain youngsters in the sport."

Hugh Gillan, intensive support manager at the Bridge, described the programme as a great community partnership opportunity for pupils at the Bridge to take part in. “They will be mentored by and draw on the experience of local anglers while at the same time learning about conservation responsibilities. Already the feedback from pupils has been very positive”.

Constable Alan MacLennan said: "Police Scotland are delighted to support this brilliant initiative for young people. Fishing has clear social and educational benefits, and is a very accessible sport in Inverness and the wider Highland area.”

Novice angler Aiden Moffat with a four pound fly-caught rainbow trout caught at Achagour Fishery

Saturday, 13 August 2016 15:24

Keen competition at Moy Fair

Quiet mornings followed by busy afternoons formed the pattern for Inverness Angling Club’s presentation of Anglers’ Corner at the 2016 Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall on August 5 and 6. Events were delayed slightly on Friday morning as some quick work had to be done to counteract the effects of a substantial overnight rise in the level of Loch Moy.

As activities got under way, there was keen competition in the junior and senior sections of the salmon distance and trout accuracy casting events. Club coaches introduced novices to trout casting and helped others to redevelop their casting skills. Busy periods in each afternoon saw two coaches in action to deal with waiting ‘students’.

The two days provided many opportunities for angling friends to meet and chat about the current season and share opinions on prospects for the remaining months. Club members demonstrated their casting abilities with Donald MacPherson setting the best overall salmon distance of 55 yards, closely followed by Billy Murdoch with 52 yards.


Photos of the day can be found in the IAC Photo Gallery HERE

Saturday, 13 August 2016 15:20

Catching up with catches

 A couple of weeks holiday has meant that your web scribe has been unable to make immediate posts about what’s been happening on Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness fishings. And it’s been a relatively busy period. Mike Campbell has shown that the MacIntyre Pool is still a place to be, taking around half a dozen fish from around Charlie’s Seat. It has also been a successful pool for Aiden Macdonald and Glasgow visitor Lee Conway while the Little Isle has produced fish for Andy Massari and Donald MacPherson.

The activity shows that fish are around but river regulars continue to express surprise at the relatively low number of members turning out for a cast. Local folk know that the Ness is a healthy and productive river, but the only way to prove that to government officials is to raise catches. That means more people turning out to fish. So let’s show them…!

Donald Macpherson about to return a bonny wee grilse at the Little Isle Pool on the Inverness Angling Club beat of the River Ness on Thursday 11th August 2016


Day ticket angler Lee Conway from Glasgow about to return his fly caught 9lb salmon at the Macintyre Pool on IAC beat on Monday 8th August 2016


Andy Massari grilse in Little Isle Pool on Inverness Angling Club beat of River Ness on Tuesday 9th August 2016


Aden Macdonald about to return a 5lb grilse that he caught on the MacIntyre Pool of the IAC beat River Ness on Thursday 21st July 2016


Aden Macdonald about to return this fly caught 9lb salmon at the Little Isle Pool on Saturday 13th Aug 2016

Friday, 29 July 2016 13:29

A first for Steven

Steven Ross about to release his first ever salmon, 8.5lbs, caught in the Weir Pool on the club's River Ness beat on Thursday, July 28.

Friday, 29 July 2016 13:01

The Little Isle delights

Willie Clark with his fly caught 7lb salmon from the Little Isle Pool of Inverness Angling Club's beat on the River Ness on Wednesday, July 26.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 20:37

MacIntyre result for Ian

Ian Dunnett continues a productive IAC season with a fine fly-caught 8lb fish on the MacIntyre on Wednesday, July 27. 

Ian's snap with his 8 pounder before returning it on its journey upstream

Thursday, 28 July 2016 20:28

Volunteers required for Moy

Volunteers (and prizes) are required for Anglers Corner (run by IAC) at the Highland Field Sports Fair being held at Moy on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August. If you can help on any of these days please put your name on one of the lists in the Club huts or call Gordon Smith. Setup will take place on Wednesday evening at Moy.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 17:18

David's Weir result

The IAC waters continue to produce as David Crerar returns this fly-caught 10 pounder to the Weir Pool on Tuesday, July 26.

David's 10 pounder from the Weir

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:28

Gary gets rainy day result

Hardy anglers braved atrocious weather today (Wednesday, July 20), but Gary Hendry’s catch showed that the rewards can be very satisfying. He landed a cracking seven pound salmon from the MacIntyre Pool. Hopefully, the river will quickly settle after the persistent heavy rain and encourage more rods to come out for a cast.

Gary's 7 pounder from the MacIntyre Pool

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:31

More help needed

Donnie Urquhart is also making it easier for members to negotiate the river banks by committing a substantial amount of time to strimming the paths – an annual job that needs lots of voluntary effort. Still more needs to be done to keep the paths and banks negotiable and tidy, and to remove obstacles that could interfere with casting. Club members who would like to help should contact Jim McDowall or John ‘Thumper’ Sutherland, the committee members who have volunteered to manage bank maintenance activities. Don’t complain – help take the strain…!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:25

Nine makes 43

Inverness Angling Club member Donnie Urquhart is making the most of retirement, putting in early hours on the club beats and getting results. Another 15lb fish came to his rod on Monday (July 18), increasing his season’s tally to nine and the total from the club water to 43. Past president Mike Campbell hooked and lost a sizeable fish in the left side of the Mill Stream on Monday, and a reputed 25 pounder was caught on the Little Isle, confirming that big fish continue to run the river.

Another for Donnie Urquhart, his 9th

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 09:36

Barker nicks monster from Mill

One of the biggest salmon of the season from Inverness Angling Club’s fishings was landed on Tuesday (July 12). Nick Barker, senior fisheries biologist with the Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust, was fly fishing the left bank of the Mill Stream Pool when he hooked and landed a 20lb fish.

This is an area of the river that fishes well in current water height, yet has seen hardly any rods casting over it. Perhaps Nick’s success will encourage others to fish this potentially productive pool.

Nick's monster from the Mill

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 16:32

Weir restrictions lifted

Access restrictions to the Weir Pool have been lifted, following a meeting today (Tuesday, July 12) with the bridge contractors. Anglers are asked to take extreme care when approaching the construction site. Staff are there to give anglers safe passage. Give them a wave and someone will escort you through the site when it is safe to do so.

Saturday, 09 July 2016 21:56

Caddy makes progress on club water

Professional caddy Andy Sutton’s golfer may not have made the cut in the Scottish Open at Castle Stewart, but he certainly met success on the River Ness. Andy took time out to follow his love of fishing by taking a day’s permit on Inverness Angling Club’s water. And he found his own personal ‘caddy’ in the shape of long-term IAC associate member Walter Ridley, on one of his regular visits to the Ness from Hull.

Walter noticed that Andy was having problems with his casting. He suggested that Andy would fare better with a shooting head and promptly fitted his own Gaelforce line to Andy’s reel. After a few tips on technique, the caddy was consistently hitting the ‘fairway’ of the Little Isle stream with some good Speycasts.

Andy, from Maidstone in Kent, loves visiting the Highlands and will be out on the club water again on Monday and Tuesday (July 11 and 12), as part of a week's break before heading off to caddy in the Canadian Open. Hopefully, he will get that glorious ‘pull’ from one of our magnificent salmon; if not, he will surely enjoy the equally glorious ‘crack’ from our happy band of members.

Andy Sutton (left) fishes the Little Isle as Walter Ridley keeps an eye on his swing


Friday, 08 July 2016 06:57

Power of the web!

The fly box that Martin Nelson picked up from the MacIntyre Pool is now on its way back to its rightful owner. After reading the report on the club’s web site, Michael Duncan made contact and correctly described the box he lost fishing the upper part of the MacIntyre Pool.  

Thursday, 07 July 2016 21:57

Bridge works set to start

Contractors for The Highland Council have confirmed that preparatory works for the construction of the bridge above Holm Mills will begin on Monday, July 11. The sequence of works will be: Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15 – installation of dumpy bags on the south bank; Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22 – installation of temporary bridges; Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29 – filling working platform with granular fill; Monday, August 1 – commencement of piling operations.

Maciek Mackiewicz, structures agent for contractors Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, explained: “Our intention is to maintain a walking path throughout our works area, but there will be some restrictions in access. A temporary bridge will be spanning the path with around 900mm clearance above the existing ground, restricting access during particular construction works.”

During the installation of dumpy bags, from July 11 to 15, the contractors have advised that anglers will not be able to pass through the area of works during working hours. In this period, president Graham MacKenzie is asking anglers to access the Weir Pool from upstream. It may be that anglers could be escorted through the works area at certain times.

Graham added: “Clearly, the area just below the Weir Pool will be part of a construction site for some time, and contractors must pay particular attention to health and safety issues. So I’m asking all our members who fish this area to be patient and avoid putting themselves at risk. The contractors are doing all they can to minimise impact on access to our fishings.”

Thursday, 07 July 2016 19:20

Grilse for Walter

The Weir Pool produced again today (Thursday, July 7). Walter Mackay landed and released a nice grilse of 4lb on the fly, increasing to 35 the total catch so far on Inverness Angling Club’s beats.


4lb grilse for Walter from the Weir Pool

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 20:13

Check your fly (box)

Anyone lost a box of flies? Club member Martin Nelson was fishing the MacIntyre Pool on Monday (July 4) when he managed to grab a fly box that was floating past him. If you wish to claim it, send a message through the club web site contact section (Club Details/Contact). Describe the box and contents, and give your name and contact number.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 18:35

Nice specimen for Archie

The fish keep coming on Inverness Angling Club’s water. Archie Campbell, out for a cast on the Weir Pool today (Tuesday, July 5), hooked, landed and released a bonny fish of 12lb, attracted by a gold-bodied Ally’s Shrimp. It’s well worth getting out on the river just now as there’s plenty of fish around, with some of the private beats recording some mighty specimens. All of them have to pass through the club water!


Archie's 12 pounder from the Weir on a gold-bodied Ally's Shrimp

Monday, 04 July 2016 18:21

Instant success for Walter

Walter Ridley may reside in Hull, but Inverness is his second home – at least during the salmon fishing season. As a long-term associate member of the club, Walter visits for two weeks in each of the months from June to September. And he started his second visit of the year in style, taking a 10lb salmon from his favoured Little Isle Pool. Well done, Walter - may it be the first of many.


Netted – a delighted Walter with his 10lb salmon

Sunday, 03 July 2016 09:23

MacIntyre delivers for Kenny

As more anglers are encouraged to have a cast on Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness pools, summer catches are gradually increasing after an exceptional spring. The latest salmon fell to the rod of Kenny Morton, an associate member of the club who hails from Invergordon. Fishing the MacIntyre Pool, Kenny landed a 9lb salmon on a size 8 Willie Gunn fly.


Kenny's 9 pounder from the MacIntyre Pool

Friday, 01 July 2016 15:59

Davy does well

On a break from work, Davy Dyce took to his favourite parts of the River Ness over the last few days. And he is on a roll – hooking and losing a salmon and landing a good sea trout earlier this week and, today (July 1), landing and releasing two salmon.

His first fish today was slightly coloured, presumably the one that has been showing regularly in the Little Isle Pool. His second was from a popular spot in the Silver Wells Pool, just below the Infirmary Bridge. Junior member Jordon Grant can claim some credit for the catches as he provided the flies…!

Mike Fenion was also in on the action, catching and releasing a nice grilse from the top of the Little Isle Pool.

Davy’s slightly coloured fish from the Little Isle


Fresh from the Silver Wells


Mike smiles on his wee grilse

Friday, 01 July 2016 15:56

Pier project ditched

River Ness anglers breathed a sigh of relief today (July 1) when the City of Inverness Area Committee of The Highland Council decided, by 10 votes to 7, not to proceed with the ‘Tilting Pier’ at the Leaven Trees Pool, adjacent to Eden Court Theatre. The council will now look at a more appropriate feature for ‘The Gathering Place’ project.

Friday, 01 July 2016 15:53

Club rolls out coaching skills

The annual series of Casting Clinics run by Inverness Angling Club came to an end on Wednesday night (June 29) having helped develop the skills of novices and more experienced anglers. On this occasion, the club was able to roll out new coaches who qualified to UK Coaching Certificate Level 1 last autumn. They were assisted by three-times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, and club members and professional coaches Frank Durdle and David Mateer.

Club coaches hope to use their qualifications to develop the skills of junior members through a visit to a local trout fishery. In order to set up a group of potential participants, parents are invited to log their e-mail address along with their names and those of their children through the web site e-mail service. Go to Club Details/Contact. Those interested will be contacted when a session is being arranged. It is planned that coaching will start with the basics of knot tying for fly and bait fishing, move on to casting and finally fishing fly or bait pools under supervision. Parents will need to provide transport to the location. Tackle can be provided if required.

Daniel gets some tips form qualified angling coach Billy Murdoch


Family affair: Mum Barbara with son Daniel and daughter Emily


Three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie helps anglers develop their skills

Saturday, 25 June 2016 19:04

Join the club

Are you at a loss for something new to do over the school holidays? Why not try fishing on the River Ness with free membership of Inverness Angling Club, available to everyone under 18? And Mums and Dads could have a cast with you, buying full or half-day permits, or full club membership. All permits are available from Graham and Company, the tackle dealers in Castle Street, Inverness.


Tuesday, 14 June 2016 07:17

Casting clinics continue

Free coaching in Speycasting continues on the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Wednesday evening (June 15) in the Casting Clinics run by Inverness Angling Club. Trout fly casting will also be coached on the grass of the adjacent Bught Park. All are welcome from 7 to 9pm. Tuition will be by qualified coaches.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 07:03

Lucky for some!

Anything with the figure 13 in it is usually taken as unlucky, but not for Inverness Angling Club member Gary Goddard who landed a bright eight pound salmon from the Weir Pool on Monday (June 13). The successful fly was a size 10 silver cascade.

Gary Goddard's 8lb fish

Monday, 06 June 2016 14:53

First for Donald

As spring gave way to what is officially called ‘summer’, activity seemed to drop on Inverness Angling Club’s beat. But salmon are still moving through the beat and if more anglers were fishing, more would be caught. Donald MacPherson marked his first of the season with a fresh 12 pounder.

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:56

Casting clinics begin

Inverness Angling Club's annual Casting Clinics begin tonight (Wednesday, June 1) at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness, from 7 to 9 pm. Coaches will be availablle to introduce novices to salmon and trout fly casting techniques, and to help any anglers looking to improve their casting. Speycasting will be coached on the river while trout fly casting will take place on the grass of the Bught Park. All are welcome. Bring your own fly outfits if you have them but some club loan rods will be available. The clinics will continue each Wednesday in June  - the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.


Tuesday, 31 May 2016 18:18

Donnie pushes club catch even higher

Previously unreported catches underline just how good the spring salmon season has been on Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness fishings. Donnie Urquhart reports his best spring since joining the club, hooking and releasing a total of six fish. This pushes the club water total up to 26.

Apart from the 16 pounder reported on May 20, Donnie landed and released another five fish – two in April (6 and 9 lb) and three in May (two at 10 lbs and one at 11 lbs). All were taken on Devon minnows. Donnie says: “A ‘maxing’ spring fishing – my best since joining the club.” 

Monday, 30 May 2016 17:25

Catches exceed five-year average

With one day of official spring to go, Inverness Angling Club has recorded 21 springers caught and released – 12 more than last year and 18 more than the five-year average. These catches are helping the club’s finances, with club web site, Facebook and FishPal reports stimulating day ticket sales and attracting new members.

Catches can be reported through the club’s web site (go to Club Details/Contact) or by text to president Graham MacKenzie on 07831 745394. Please give your full name, the estimated weight of the fish, the pool where it was caught and whether on fly or spinner. All reports should, if possible, include a picture of the fish. When taking pictures, please follow good practice and keep the fish in, or close to, the water.

A good level of catches will also confirm that the Ness is a healthy system, strengthening its claim to be reclassified to at least Category 2 and further improving the attractions of the river to anglers.

Monday, 30 May 2016 17:23

Two for Donnie

And Ness fish just keep coming…..! Club members Donnie Allan and Martin Nelson, fishing the fly, are the latest to add to the score, raising the total to some 21 springers. Donnie is the first to land fish from the Braes this season, releasing an eight pounder on Saturday (May 28) and a 10 lb specimen early on Monday morning. Martin hooked and played two fish on the Weir Pool on Monday. The first came off at his feet but on the second run down the pool he landed a 14 pounder.

Monday, 30 May 2016 08:03

Ness casting clinics offer free coaching

A series of fly-casting lessons will be available in Inverness this month to help both experienced and novice anglers improve or develop their casting skills for trout and salmon.

Inverness Angling Club is staging its popular annual Casting Clinics at the Little Isle Pool, adjacent to the Bught Park, from 7 to 9 pm each Wednesday, beginning on June 1 and continuing on June 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “Coaching will be free and everyone is welcome; they don’t have to be members of the club. Our aim is to get more people to take up angling to enjoy the unrivalled fishing facilities of the Highlands. As we approach the school holidays, it is also important to give youngsters the right coaching in angling techniques.”

All coaches are qualified to a minimum Sport Scotland/UK Coaching Certificate Level 1 standard with 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.

Participants are asked to bring their own rod and reel outfits but a limited supply of trout and salmon fly rods will be available.

Sunday, 29 May 2016 20:01

Day ticket result for George

George Gunn of Culloden, near Inverness, had a successful day ticket outing on the River Ness on Saturday when he landed and released a 13lb salmon on a Toby lure from Charlie’s Seat, on the MacIntyre Pool. George’s decision to have a cast on the club water was undoubtedly the result of reports of recent catches, as the club experiences its best spring for many years.

George Gunn with his 13lb salmon on a Toby lure from Charlie’s Seat

Friday, 27 May 2016 08:55

Ness offers great value

It’s proving to be the best spring for a long time on the River Ness waters of Inverness Angling Club with some 16 fish caught and released so far. And two of the club’s younger members are leading the way. Kevin Greig-Elliott reached his hat-trick on Thursday evening (May 26) and Colin Fraser did the same early this morning (Friday), with a 10lb fish from the Weir Pool. All their fish were taken on the fly. Former club treasurer Billy MacKenzie got in on the act a few hours later with a sea liced 12 pounder from the Weir.


Colin Fraser with his 10 pounder from the Weir Pool


Their performance shows that the club water offers really good value for money. Membership is just £160 a year with a special deal on offer, at £100, for anglers who have not been members of the club within the last five years. Day tickets rise from £15 to £25 from June 1 but still offer a reasonably-priced day on the river with a very good chance of contacting a fresh, sea-liced fish.


Thursday, 26 May 2016 20:55

Hat-trick for Kevin

Kevin Greig-Elliott demonstrated his skill with the fly by taking his third spring salmon from the Weir Pool of the River Ness today (May 26). Kevin reported: “Quick cast with the fly rod while the kids are in bed. Little did I know that I would hook and land this cracking springer.” The fish was estimated at 13lbs.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 17:04

Anglers help care home friends

Funds raised by anglers in Inverness Angling Club’s winter trout league have been passed on to a good cause. Alex Elliott, joint organiser of the league, presented a cheque for £230 to George Grant of Friends of Ach-an-Eas Care Home. Said Alex: “The Friends of Ach-an-Eas do a lot to help the residents and the funds will be put to very good use.”

Monday, 23 May 2016 07:31

Kevin repeats Weir success

Another early rise brought further success for club member Kevin Greig-Elliott this morning (May 23). A visit to the Weir Pool saw Kevin land and release an 11lb salmon, his second fish from the pool and from the club water. In the evening, further downstream, Colin Fraser increased his score with a good fish from the left bank of the Mill Stream.


Friday, 20 May 2016 21:10

Didn't they do well!

Friday proved a red letter day on the Weir Pool of the River Ness when Inverness Angling Club members hooked, landed and released three brilliant springers. Walter Mackay had one of 9lbs but heavier fish were to come. Donnie Urquhart had an exciting tussle with a memorable fish of 16lbs but Martin Nelson went a wee bit better with a cracker of 17lbs. Well done guys!

A 9 pounder for Walter


Donnie Urquhart 16lbs from the Weir Pool 20th May


Martin Neison 17lbs from the Weir Pool 20th May

Sunday, 15 May 2016 19:42

Stevie takes to Ruthven

IT specialist and club member Stevie Graham shut down his computer in favour of oars and rods on Sunday (May 15). He spent the best part of the day trouting on Loch Ruthven with some success, taking several hard-fighting brownies on a Kate McLaren wet fly. Stevie was using the club’s boat, bookable through Graham’s tackle shop and free to members. Non-members pay fees which are split between the club and Graham’s.


Saturday, 14 May 2016 20:06

Trout league ends in style

Inverness Angling Club’s seventh annual Winter Trout League reached its climax on Saturday (May 14) as dedicated competitors gathered for the final at Achagour Fishery. The weather was bright but with a cold wind that moderated in the afternoon and allowed the temperature to rise. So anglers did not find it easy to get their limit of four fish in the five-hour contest. But some managed to land excellent fish which helped them to secure prizes, presented by club president Graham MacKenzie.

The league, organised by Alan Scott and Alex Elliott, has been fortunate in attracting generous sponsors who have supported the competition since its inception – international tackle manufacturers Snowbee, Highland tackle dealer Graham and Company, Achagour Fishery, Bellfield Enterprises and SD Training.

The winner of the best bag over the eight-month league was Alex Elliott who took the IAC trophy and a superb Snowbee Spectre fly reel kit with three spare spools. Second was Billy MacKenzie, winning a £50 voucher sponsored by Achagour Fishery; third was George Skinner (£30 Achagour voucher); and fourth was Mick Fenion (£20 Achagour voucher).

The best fish overall was won by George Skinner who received the IAC trophy and a Daiwa ¾ length fishing jacket sponsored by Graham and Company. Second was John Hamilton, winning a £50 voucher sponsored by Bellfield Enterprises; third was Angus MacKinnon (£30 Bellfield voucher); and fourth was Billy MacKenzie (£20 Bellfield voucher).

XS Nano fly lines by Snowbee went to Billy Orrock for the best bag of the final and the best fish of the final. 

Vouchers of £25 each, sponsored by SD Training for the best monthly bags during the league, were presented to Angus MacKinnon, David Hay, John Hamilton, Alex Elliott (two), George Skinner and Eric Craig.

See Gallery for a collection of pics.


A happy group thanks sponsors Snowbee


Snowbee prizewinners Alex Elliot (left) and Billy Orrock


Best fish prizewinner George Skinner (left) is congratulated by IAC president Graham MacKenzie

Saturday, 14 May 2016 18:59

A first for Kevin

Another young man has made an auspicious start to the 2016 salmon season on Inverness Angling Club’s fishings. An early rise brought Kevin Greig-Elliott a fresh  springer of around 9lb from the Weir Pool.

"I have to be one of the happiest guys alive at the moment,” said Kevin. “My first Ness fish on the fly, my first spring salmon on the fly and my first off the Inverness Angling Club water.”

Kevin explains that he arrived at the river about 04:45. Half way down the pool he saw a fish head and tail. Nothing came of it so he rested the pool for five minutes then went in again. Nothing again, so hechanged the fly from a conehead to a size 8 Flamethrower and fished on.

“At the tail off the pool the line tightened and after a hefty battle the springer was landed. I took a quick photo and released the fish to continue its journey. It was the best fight I have ever had from a salmon. Safe to say I am hooked on the river Ness.”

Kevin’s sparkling springer

Thursday, 12 May 2016 21:14

Mill delivers again

The Mill Stream Pool of the River Ness produced another fine fish today (Thursday, May 12). A club member, who wishes to remain anonymous, landed and released the 14lb specimen during an evening session with the fly rod.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016 17:45

Another cracking fish!

Catches of superb springers on the water of Inverness Angling Club just keep on coming. The latest is this specimen taken on a tube fly in the Little Isle Pool by club member Harry Fraser. And it looks to weigh a good deal more than the 11lb suggested by Little Isle observers. Well done Harry! A cracking fish whatever the weight.

Sunday, 08 May 2016 17:02

Centenary sets scene for top casting event

Inverness Angling Club has begun work on plans to celebrate its centenary in 2017. A celebratory logo has been designed for use in club communications and promotional material, and for application to a special range of caps. Club members are also invited to put forward for considerations any ideas they may have for celebrating the centenary. Send proposals through the club’s web site at Club Details/Contact.

The key event of the year, following the success of the inaugural competition in 2015, will be an International Speycasting Tournament, staged as part of the second Scotland’s Salmon Festival. The casting competition and festival fair are planned for Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2, 2017, preceded by a series of related events including a film night, public lectures and a conference of international salmon specialists.

The Speycasting Tournament, being run in association with Mackenzie Flyfishing, will seek an entry of 30 casters. Once again, it should attract some of the top Speycasters in the world – creating a riverside spectacle in what has become a highly competitive international sport. Club and festival representatives are endeavouring to complete sponsorship deals within the next few months in order to make an early start to event arrangements.

Sunday, 08 May 2016 13:56

Casting Clinics for all

Inverness Angling Club will stage its annual series of Casting Clinics at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness in June. They will be held each Wednesday in June from 7 to 9 pm, with the bonus of an extra clinic with June having five Wednesdays in 2016 – June 1st, June 8th, June 15th, June 22nd and June 29th.

The clinics are open to all – club members and non-members – and youngsters will be most welcome. Casting coaches will be happy to help those who are interested in taking up angling and would like an introduction to using a fly rod.

Coaching will be free of charge. For peace of mind all coaches hold a minimum Sport Scotland/UKCC Level 1 certification with PVA/Disclosure Scotland clearance and have undertaken courses in child protection and first aid.

An added incentive will be the appearance, on most evenings, of world Speycasting champions who will demonstrate their skills and participate in the coaching. Coaching in Speycasting will take place on the river while instruction in trout casting will be held on the grass of the adjacent Bught Park.

It would help the club if you could bring your own rods, but there will be a limited supply of loan rods should you not have your own.

Monday, 25 April 2016 19:36

Day ticket success for Don

Dornoch angler Don Mackay had a successful outing on Inverness Angling Club’s Ness fishings on April 25. Fishing on a day ticket, he managed to hook, land and release a fresh-run salmon estimated at 12lbs. Well done Don; haste ye back!

Friday, 22 April 2016 18:15

Little Isle opens scoring

Another cracking fish came off the Ness on April 22. John Hamilton connected with a strong fish to open the scoring on the Little Isle. The fish took him to the backing on several occasions before he landed it for safe release. The salmon was estimated at around 16 lbs. The previous day Colin Fraser landed an 11 pounder from the Weir Pool where Kevin Elliott lost a good fish later that day.


John Hamilton on Little Isle


Colin Fraser on Weir


Jordan Grant on fly at Mill Stream



Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:32

15-pounder for Dave

If a red carpet signifies success, then one should be rolled out for Dave ‘Carpets’ Allan. And perhaps he should award himself a box of chocolates as well. He certainly deserves recognition for his exploits on the Weir Pool of the River Ness on Wednesday night – a fish lost and another fish of around 15 lbs hooked, landed and released on a Monkey tube fly.
“It was a fine night for a cast, “ said Dave. “I hooked a decent fish but the hook popped out after a 10-minute tussle. An hour later….bang, into another one which was landed successfully. I didn't want to take it out of the water as it was going back, hence the poor pic. Or maybe it was just my shaky hands….!”


Wednesday, 13 April 2016 21:07

Alex gives heartfelt thanks to clinicians

A fishing competition which attracted 53 trout anglers has raised over £5,000 for Raigmore Hospital’s Highland Heartbeat Centre.

The event, held at Achagour Trout Fishery, was organised by Inverness Angling Club member Alex Elliott who says he “owes his life” to clinicians at Raigmore Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Alex was rushed to hospital last year after a major heart attack and went through a triple heart bypass.

“This was my way of thanking the clinicians who saved my life. At first, I thought I could raise £500 to £600. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect to raise £5,400.”

Alex presented the cheque to the Highland Heartbeat Centre in Raigmore Hospital on Wednesday (April 13).

He added: “I’m really grateful to all the anglers who turned out for the competition, and to their families and friends who sponsored them with significant contributions to the total raised.”


Heartfelt thanks: Alex Elliott presents a cheque for £5,408 to the physiotherapists of the Highland Heartbeat Centre and consultant cardiologist Professor Steven Leslie


Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:34

Club anglers prepare for league final

The final of Inverness Angling Club’s winter trout league will be held at Achagour Fishery on Saturday, May 14. Registration will be from 0900 hours with fishing beginning at 0930 hours. It will be a four fish final at a charge of £25 per angler (65 and over £23, under 18 £15). The final is restricted to club members who submitted entry forms last September and who have renewed their club membership for 2016.

Friday, 08 April 2016 16:06

Tony takes trophy

Perseverance paid off today (April 8) for Inverness Angling Club membership secretary Tony Quinn. After several outings on the River Ness, Tony took his trusty fly rod to the MacIntyre Pool where he hooked, landed and carefully released the first Springer of the season from the club water. The fish, estimated at over 13lb, will win Tony the Carie Horne Trophy, donated to the club for the first fish of the season by the late Tommy Horne, in memory of his daughter.

Tony takes trophy

Monday, 04 April 2016 17:30

Anglers show heartfelt thanks

Over 50 north anglers gathered at the Achagour Trout Fishery on Saturday (April 2) for a sponsored competition to raise funds for the Highland Heartbeat Centre. The event, hosted by Stewart and Margaret Mackintosh and their daughter Cindy and grandson Scott, raised the amazing total of £5,125. It was organised by Alex Elliott, a popular Inverness Angling Club member, to recognise the work of cardiac specialists following his triple heart bypass last year.

Said Alex: “When I first thought of this, I thought it would be good to raise five to six hundred pounds. Never in my wildest dreams did I think of breaking £5,000. It was made possible by the support of anglers from Inverness Angling Club and many from further afield who are regulars at Achagour. Many thanks guys; you did the Heartbeat Centre, me and yourselves proud.”

Winner of the competition was Robert Mackenzie of Elgin, with two fish for 9lb 12oz, including one of 7lb. The runner-up was Mukund Guring, a Gurka soldier stationed at Fort George, with two fish for 8lb 8oz. Third was Jim Jarvie of Inverness Angling Club, with one fish for 7lb.


Unhooking for release

Mike Campbell unhooks a nice trout ready for release


Birthday surprise

Alex Elliott had a birthday surprise for honorary club member George Skinner


The cheque

A fantastic £5,125 cheque proudly displayed by Alex (right), fishery owner Stewart Mackintosh (centre) and prize organiser Stewart Dickie


Best fish of the day

Best fish of the day - a 7lb specimen caught by competition winner Robert Mackenzie


Competition winners

Alex with winner Robbie Mackenzie (centre), runner up Mukund Guring (right) and third placed Jim Jarvie - and that big cheque


All the competitors

Competitors gather after a satisfying sporting day

Friday, 25 March 2016 22:02

A final reminder....!

Next Thursday (March 31) is the last day for local anglers to renew membership of Inverness Angling Club at the standard senior rate of £160. From April 1, the fee will rise by £20 to £180 for the season. So save some cash and get into Graham’s tackle shop soon….!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:33

Renewal reminder

There’s just 13 shopping days left for Inverness anglers to renew their senior membership of Inverness Angling Club at the standard fee of £160. From April 1 the fee will rise by £20 to £180 for the season. The reason for this financial incentive to renew membership by the end of March is that the club faces payment of its biggest bills early in the season, so needs membership income. So get into Graham’s tackle shop soon.

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 12:41

Salmon regulations approved

The Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today (March 9) approved proposals for the conservation of salmon, enabling appropriate legislation to be in place from April 1. This means that the Ness System will fall into Category 3, introducing mandatory catch and release and making the killing of any salmon or grilse a criminal offence, from April 1. The vote was close. An amendment to annul the proposals, which would have meant the proposals being referred for full debate by the Scottish Parliament, was defeated by five votes to four.

MSPs expressed considerable concerns about the impact of the regulations on angling clubs and local tourism economies, describing evidence as fatally flawed and the regulations as a blunt instrument. Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and environment, gave assurances that the government would move to a river-by-river categorisation as quickly as possible. Work would move forward rapidly on the scientific evidence that could bring this about.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:24

Council supports club

A detailed Business Plan – demonstrating IAC’s achievements in 2015 and targets for 2016 – has helped convince Inverness Common Good Fund to award the club a grant of £9,500 for the second year running. The application won unanimous support from councillors.

“This is great news for the club and its members,” said president Graham Mackenzie, “and confirms the strength of councillors’ continuing support for the club and its activities. Our finances remain fragile and provided membership numbers are not critically depleted, this grant will help us to continue rebuilding our reserves. We need reserves of around twice our annual expenditure to enable us to survive any sudden drop in membership and income.”

With the council’s help, and moderate fee increases, finances are looking fairly good for this year. But there is no guarantee that the club will secure further help from the Common Good Fund. So 2015 members need to renew their tickets for 2016 and encourage others to join. And remember, all senior permits should be renewed by the end of March to avoid the extra charge of £20 from April 1.


Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:22

Membership renewal falls

It would appear that the Scottish Government’s misguided imposition of mandatory catch and release on the Ness System is having an impact on Inverness Angling Club’s membership recruitment.

Senior membership numbers by mid-February totalled 65 compared to 96 at the same period of 2015. Other membership categories, with the 2015 in brackets, were 10 associates (15), 24 concessionaries (31), nil intermediates (1), 27 juniors (31), one lady (1) and two sea trout (0). Total membership was 129 compared to 173 at the same period of 2015.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:18

Take the challenge - help your club

Here’s a challenge for all club members – a challenge that will help the club and should give members a great deal of personal satisfaction. If just half of senior members recruited one new member this year, club membership and income problems would be resolved. This can include anglers who have not been members for five years, at £100, or those who have not been members for two to four years, at £160. Application forms can be downloaded from the club’s web site. All members who recruit a new member will be listed in a Roll of Honour in the club's monthly e-mail Newsletter. To receive the Newsletter, sign up through the link on the club's web page.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:16

Ness pushes for upgrade

IAC president Graham Mackenzie has been involved in high-level meetings to persuade the Scottish Government to reverse the decision to place the entire Ness System in Category 3. The club is working with River Ness proprietors David Sutherland and Donald Macdonald, assisted by local MSP Fergus Ewing, in a joint attempt to upgrade the system to Category 2. Further meetings are scheduled with Scottish Government advisors and BBC Radio Scotland has featured in-depth interviews with the Ness representatives.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:14

Nairn lease ends

The IAC committee has unanimously decided not to renew its lease of the Forestry Commission fishings on the River Nairn at Daviot. The lease fell for renewal in February.

Treasurer and interim secretary Gordon Smith explained: “The lease and fishery board assessment was costing us over £800 per season yet the beat was being fished by very few people, despite the club making special access arrangements in August and September of last year. In our current financial circumstances, we must make savings to avoid increasing costs for members.”

Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:10

Anglers boost city income

Visiting anglers were worth over £52,000 to the City of Inverness in 2015. These are estimated figures based on the conclusions of a 1984 study into the economic impact of game and coarse fishing in Scotland. IAC sold permits for 283 visitor days in 2015. The 1984 study estimated expenditure by anglers visiting the Highlands at £185.78 per day, giving an estimated impact of £52,575.74. A new Scottish Government study currently underway is likely to identify a substantial increase in impact values.


Thursday, 03 March 2016 13:36

Fishing at heart

Club anglers will form the heart of a fairly substantial gathering at Achagour Trout Fishery next month for a charitable event to raise funds for the Cardiology Unit at Raigmore Hospital. The event is being launched by club member Alex Elliott, who suffered a major heart attack last year. He was treated at Raigmore Hospital prior to being transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he underwent a successful triple heart bypass.

The competition, on Saturday, April 2, will charge an entry fee of £20 to cover a five-hour, two-fish competition, and lunch. By securing sponsors, Alex hopes anglers will raise significant sums, all of which will be donated to the Cardiology Unit. Entry forms are available from Alex (Tel: 07810 007691) or at Achagour Fishery. A selection of valuable prizes should stimulate keen competition.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 12:01

Club loses popular member

It is with great sadness that the club reports the death of Tommy Horne, a keen member and popular figure at the Little Isle hut ‘gathering place’, where he will be greatly missed. Tommy was widely known for his dedication to rescuing birds of prey, many of which he introduced to a wide public with regular displays in Eastgate, Inverness. He became heavily involved in training an eagle owl at his rescue centre in Croy, and in trying to capture another eagle owl that spent several weeks flying around the Hill district of Inverness.

Tommy pic

Tommy Horne with his eagle owl

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 20:57

And so to law......!

Legislation was laid in the Scottish Parliament on February 23 to introduce a package of conservation measures to manage the exploitation of Atlantic salmon. The measures come into force on March 31 this year and take effect from April 1. Key aspects of the regulations laid are:

  • Killing beyond estuary limits will be prohibited for three years due to the mixed stock nature of the fishery and limited data on the composition of the catch.
  • The killing of Atlantic salmon in inland waters will be managed on an annual basis by categorising fishery districts by their conservation status.
  • A requirement to have a Conservation Plan irrespective of the conservation status.
  • The introduction of carcass tagging for net-caught fish for areas in category 1 and 2 which are to be sold commercially. The costs of producing the tags will, in the first instance, be subsumed by Marine Scotland.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 20:47

Help for clubs

The Scottish Government has announced that up to £100,000 of support will be made available to help angling clubs in fishery districts where the catch and release of salmon will be mandatory.

Environment minister Aileen McLeod has recognised the potential impact that mandatory catch and release will have on angling clubs that are already facing declining membership numbers.

“To help mitigate the potential impact of these measures, I will be funding a two-year programme to support angling clubs that need assistance in promoting catch and release as a sustainable and responsible practice. Marine Scotland will appoint a partner organisation to provide direct assistance and practical support to angling clubs.”

Dr McLeod also promised to consider any additional information that might support a re-categorisation of a fishery district.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:51

New Wild Fisheries consultation announced

On the 8th February 2016 Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced a consultation on draft provisions for a Wild Fisheries (Scotland) Bill and a draft Wild Fisheries Strategy. The consultation will run until 2 May 2016.

The consultation document can be viewed and downloaded here:

Wild Fisheries Reform - Draft Wild Fisheries Strategyild Fisheries Reform - Draft Wild Fisheries Strategy

Wild Fisheries Reform Consultation document  - 8 February 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016 15:07

Alex launches heartfelt contest

A grateful heart patient is organising a charity angling competition to raise funds for the Cardiology Unit at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. Last year, popular Inverness Angling Club member Alex Elliott was treated at Raigmore Hospital prior to being transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he underwent a successful triple heart bypass. Within a few weeks, he was back to his old angling self.

“The cardiology units of the National Health Service gave me my life back,” said Alex. “They have also helped a number of friends over the last few years. This competition is designed to put something back by raising funds for the local unit.”

The competition will be staged at Achagour Fishery on Saturday, April 2, 2016. An entry fee of £20 will cover a five-hour, two-fish competition, and lunch. By getting sponsors, Alex hopes anglers will raise significant sums, all of which will be donated to the Cardiology Unit at Raigmore. Entry forms are available from Alex (Tel: 07810 007691) or at Achagour Fishery.

Monday, 01 February 2016 16:18

Ness anglers seek change to new government regulations

River Ness anglers took to the water at the opening of the salmon season today (Monday, February 1) with expectations high after a 91 per cent increase in catches in 2015.

But while catches could be good, anglers will not be able to take a fish for the pot under regulations recently introduced by the Scottish Government. These place river systems into three categories according to the estimated health of stocks.

Inverness Angling Club president Graham Mackenzie explained: "Club catches rose from 125 to 239 salmon and grilse last year, the best for several years. But the perceived fragile nature of River Moriston stocks, which could be caught or killed on their way through the river and Loch Ness, has persuaded the government to place the entire system in Category 3. This imposes mandatory catch and release from April 1, running on from existing spring conservation regulations that conclude on March 31.

"Along with others, we take issue with this. The River Moriston is a spring fishery where fishing is limited to the 500-metre estuary, leaving the other 19 miles of river as a sanctuary that has been closed to fishing for at least 15 years. The River Ness is a mainly summer and autumn fishery in which we prohibit the taking of any salmon before June 1. By this time, Moriston spring stocks are well upstream. While they are safe, the regulations could have serious implications for the membership and financial health of our club."

Mr Mackenzie emphasised that while the club supported conservation measures, members believed that they should, under agreed guidelines, be able to take an occasional fish for home consumption. The club would work with others in the Ness System to develop evidence that they hoped would convince the government to re-categorise the system in 2017, the club's centenary year.


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 Pipe Major Ken Watson leads anglers to the river


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The media record 14-year-old Jordon Grant taking the first cast of the season 


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Neil Souter, manager of sponsors Holm Mills Shopping Village, makes the traditional 'blessing of the water'


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On behalf of sponsors FishPal, three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie (left) presents the Malloch
Trophy certificates to winner Jordon Grant (right) and Inverness Angling Club president Graham Mackenzie


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Club members discuss prospects for the season over refreshments in the Ghillie's Restaurant at Holm Mills


Sunday, 31 January 2016 12:18

Opening day event switches to Little Isle

Inverness Angling Club has had to make a last minute change to its opening day arrangements tommorrow (01/02/16), switching the event from the Mill Stream Pool to the Little Isle. Recent gales damaged the roof of a building adjacent to the lane leading down to the river, forcing Holm Mills management to close off the access. Club officials considered the alternative access to be too risky.

Apart from the change in venue, opening ceremony arrangements will continue as planned at 1000 for 1030 hours. Piper Ken Watson will lead anglers to the riverside where Neil Souter, manager of sponsors Holm Mills, will bless the water with the traditional dram and junior member Jordon Grant will make the first cast. Anglers will then adjourn to the restaurant at Holm Mills for bacon rolls and refreshments.

Friday, 29 January 2016 23:07

Young angler to open River Ness salmon season

A young two-time winner in the sport of salmon fishing will have the honour of opening the River Ness season on Monday (February 1).

Jordon Grant (14), Inverness Angling Club's 'Angler of the Year' in 2014, reached another angling milestone in 2015 when he became one of the junior winners of the prestigious Malloch Trophy, sponsored by Borders-based angling booking agency FishPal. This marked Jordon's catch of a fresh 12lb salmon from the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness after school on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Among the prizes Jordon will receive is a certificate of achievement, a Malloch winner's cap and a day's salmon fishing on Fishponds, a top beat of the River Tay, hosted by three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie of Inverness. As a bonus, he will take home the new rod, reel and line he uses on the day.

Jordon will lead a gathering of Inverness Angling Club members and visitors to the Mill Stream Pool of the River Ness on February 1. Following the traditional 'Blessing of the Water' by Neil Souter, manager of the Holm Mills Shopping Village, Jordon will mark the start of the salmon season by taking the first cast.

Club president Graham Mackenzie said: "Jordon is a prime example of the skills and enthusiasm of our 100-plus junior section. He has become an excellent exponent of Speycasting, a successful angler and a skilled tyer of salmon flies. He is a great ambassador for our club."

Friday, 22 January 2016 12:23

New Legislation

ANGLERS PLEASE NOTE that on the 19th January the Scottish Government introduced new legislation placing the whole Ness System including the River Ness into the Category 3 classification. These new regulations mean that during the 2016 angling season it will be illegal to kill any salmon or grilse anywhere in the Ness district and any salmon that you do catch, including any dead or bleeding fish, must be returned to the water. This is now law.

You can access further information on the new regulations by following these links :



Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:07

Ness System to remain in Category 3

Under the conservation regulations to control the killing of wild salmon in Scotland no salmon or grilse can be legally killed anywhere in the Ness catchment throughout the 2016 season.

A document containing the update on the package of conservation measures to manage the killing of wild salmon in Scotland can be found HERE.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 06:27

Ness 2016 season opening day

Members are invited to attend the opening day ceremony at the Mill Stream hut on Monday 1st February.

Sponsored by Holm Mills Shopping Village, this popular event gives you the opportunity for a catch up with your fellow members and a chance to discuss the prospects for the new season with the added bonus of a wee dram, a bacon roll and a cup of tea or coffee.

Please assemble at top car park for 10am and as the press will be there, members are encouraged to bring a rod with them to add some character to the occasion.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes and good fishing to you all for 2016.

Monday, 04 January 2016 16:10

2016 Ticket Sales - Reminder

Hi folks, a wee reminder that 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.