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Best wishes

A pressie for Christmas!

Inverness Angling Club’s permits for the 2019 season will go on sale at Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street, Inverness, from Thursday (December 13). Permits for associate members will also be available from Thursday on application to the membership secretary, John Ralph, ‘Ailigean’, 98 Fairfield Road, Inverness IV3 5LL. For the appropriate fees, see the Fishing/Permits section of the web site.

Prized merchandise

Member or not, anglers will be interested in IAC’s range of merchandise - from hats to badges, and a local service which can apply the club logo to ties, T-shirts, polo shirts or angling jackets. This logo service is available through the Sign Centre on Harbour Road, Inverness, where you can take an existing item or buy new.
Hats and badges are available in the standard logo or one specially designed for the club’s centenary in 2017. Hats are priced at £8 while badges, buttonhole or pin, are available at £1.50 each. E-mail orders to Alex Elliott at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Memorable day

Most of the anglers in the 1980 opening day picture on the club water have been identified. Jack Christison says: “I remember that day very well. Six fish were caught on the Ness - four on Dochfour, where it was Robin Macleod’s first day as ghillie; one off Ness Castle; and I got one on the Mill Stream. “


Identified: The anglers (left to right) are Jack Christison, Raymond Black, Paul Kelly, Neil Fraser,Neil McDade, Barry Gunn (a Davie Dyce look-a-like!) and Jock Dyce.The two anglers behind Jock are Elgin anglers fishing on day tickets.

Blast from the past!

All the way from the archives - most likely those of the Press and Journal - is this fascinating pic of Inverness Angling Club members gathering for an opening day cast on January 15, 1980. Sadly, three of these ardent anglers - Raymond, Jock and Ala - are no longer with us but could be casting a line on more heavenly waters. Neil and Davie are two faithful fishers who continue to search for salmon on the Ness and other Highland rivers.

The picture captions reads: Hope springs eternal for these members of Inverness Angling Club as they line up for a picture before the first cast of the season at the River Ness. One angler certainly wasn’t disappointed….Jack Christison (extreme left) caught the first salmon, a 15 1/4-pounder. We can’t identify everyone in the pic. Can members help fill in the blanks? Text Alan at 07785 287995.

Faces from 1980: Left to right - Jack Christison, Raymond ‘Action Man’ Black, Paul Kelly?, Neil ‘Peck’ Fraser, Unknown, Davie Dyce, Evander MacDonald?, Jock Dyce and Ala ‘The Monk’ Mackenzie

Feisty trout


Another attraction of IAC membership is the ability to fish one of the region’s top brown trout lochs. Loch Ruthven, just a short drive from Inverness, holds feisty brownies which will test anglers and their tackle. It’s also an area of scenic beauty and spectacular sights - soaring eagles and one of the few UK nesting grounds of the Slavonian Grebe. Bank fishing is not permitted on Ruthven. A club boat is available for free use by club members. To ensure your enjoyment of this wonderful Highland fishery, please book early through Graham’s tackle shop. Tel: 01463 233178.

Flies for a rise cover a broad range fished on a Di3 line early season and bright days, especially in the narrows half way up the loch, with plentiful sport on floating line at all other times. Muddler heads can prove attractive. Specific patterns include Kate McLaren, Soldier Palmer, Zulu and Loch Ordie, along with bibio, hogs, hoppers, Dunkeld and Silver Invicta.


Classes develop skills

Fly tying classes run by Inverness Angling Club are proving to be particularly popular this season. Held each Wednesday in the conference suite above Dow’s Bistro on Balloan Road, the classes welcome experienced and novice tyers. Attendance varies from a creditable 14 to 19 enthusiasts, including four juniors. All are developing well under the instruction of Mike Campbell, David Mateer, Alex Elliott, Alan Scott and Jim Stewart, whose grandson James is one of the class members. 

Beginners will tackle the Mateer Monkey and Cascade before breaking for the festive season from December 12. The classes will re-start on January 16 and run to February 27. All are welcome, including non-members of the club, and tools and materials can be provided.


Developing skills: Students work on challenging salmon flies

Develop your skills

IAC is dedicated to helping anglers of all ages to improve their skills. The club’s qualified coaches, checked through Disclosure Scotland, run annual casting clinics on the Little Isle Pool and the adjacent Bught Park. They are often accompanied by Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie. Classes are held each Wednesday evening in June from 7 to 9 pm with Speycasting on the river and trout casting on the park’s grass. All are welcome, including non-members. International tackle manufacturers Loop have kindly donated sets of salmon and trout fly equipment to help the club develop the skills of local anglers, and these will be available to those attending the classes.If you prefer, bring your own rod.

During the close season, coaching turns to fly tying as the club runs weekly fly tying classes from October to February. Again, all are welcome, including non-members, and tools and materials can be provided. Novice tyers at previous classes have learned to tie attractive flies which have caught salmon, giving the tyers a great feeling of achievement. The 2019/20 series will run each Wednesday from Ocrtober 23 and February 26. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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