Fly tyers with a range of skills are enjoying Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying classes being held each Thursday evening in Hilton Community Centre. This week’s class attracted 14 members of the club including newcomer John McDonald. Tutor Mike Campbell introduced intermediate tyers to the development of the Red Frances, a fly which has brought Mike a fair amount of success on the River Ness. President Graham Mackenzie, vice president Alex Elliott and Alan Scott introduced novices to the basic techniques required for both salmon and trout flies.
Senior and junior members, and non members, will be made very welcome at future classes which run from 7 to 8.30 pm with a £2 fee to cover room hire costs. Tools and materials can be supplied. Next week’s session will concentrate on the tying of the hugely successful Monkey salmon fly. Expert junior tyers Jordon Grant and Fraser Munro will be available to pass on valuable tips with Fraser demonstrating trout fly tying.
Concentration: Tutor Mike Campbell (centre) with father and daughter
Graham and Beth Ross (front), Jamie Urquhart (left) and Donnie Allan (back)
The annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 23. Members are reminded that any notices of motion should be made in writing, signed by the member giving the notice, and delivered to secretary Steve Black, 10 clear days before the meeting, ie by November 13). See the membership card for Steve’s address.
Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying classes will continue in Hilton Community Centre at seven pm next Wednesday (October 26) when tutor Mike Campbell will introduce pupils to the highly successful Red Frances fly. The Frances - as reported by Inverness native Ross Macdonald in his column in Trout and Salmon magazine - is a must have pattern for Atlantic Salmon throughout Northern Europe and Russia.
Ross wrote: “The pattern was created by Peter Deane back in the 1960s. It takes its name from his assistant Frances Hydon who had the task of tying up Peter’s design. It will come as no surprise whatsoever that the pattern was designed to be a prawn imitation and in common with all good fly stories it caught a lot of fish and soon came to dominate catches in Iceland.”
The fly can be tied on tubes, trebles or doubles. Materials are red thread, feelers (four brown and two white stripped hackle stems, rusty brown calf tail or fox, red wool, natural red game hackle and gold rib. Bring these materials with you but if you don’t have them we should be able to supply.
The class on November 3 will demonstrate the tying of the ever popular Monkey fly, a must have fly for springers. Please note that there will be no class on the evening of Thursday, November 23, which is the date for the club’s AGM.
Successful: A tube version of the Red Frances
The annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 23. Watch this space for further information.
Inverness Angling Club members are reminded that their catch returns - including nil returns - must be submitted by October 23. They can be posted as instructed on the reverse of the returns card or delivered to the boxes in the club’s Little Isle and Mill Stream huts, or Grahams tackle shop in Castle Street. Accurate returns are a crucial factor in maintaining the Category 2 grading that allows River Ness anglers to take a couple of fish for the pot each season.
That’s it - another Ness season ends with the last day producing just one fish. Jordon Grant made it 14 for the season with a grilse from the tail of the Red Braes Pool - a superb performance from a very dedicated young man. The total catch on the club water was 159, down 18 on last season.
Fishing continues, however, for those members who have signed up for the annual winter trout league which started this month at Achagour Fishery. Hopefully, the eight-month event will produce some feisty fish, good bags and lots of competitive ‘craic’ among members. The final of the league will be held on Saturday, May 12, next year.
Number 14: Jordon's Braes grilse
Work on the new bridge over the River Ness above Holm Mills continues to make crucial progress. Contractors Wills Bros confirmed today that they had completed all construction works related to scour protection of the bridge supports. Over the next two days all temporary structures will be removed from the Whin Lade and Electric Burn watercourses – dumpy bags, access ramp, etc. Pumps will be switched off and from Sunday, October 15, the flow of the River Ness will return to its normal way.
Protection: Scour works at the tail of the weir
Members of Inverness Angling Club gathered by the MacIntyre Pool of the River Ness today for their annual barbecue, marking the approaching end of the salmon season on October 15. It was an opportunity to swap stories of fish caught and lost in a season which has not matched expectations or the catches of previous years. With just six fishing days to go, catches total 158 - 19 less than the previous season. But it was still a chance to celebrate angling companionship and look forward to next season, assisted by a special cake contributed by Mike and Mo Campbell and made by their friend, Joy MacLean.
Club member Malcolm Davies landed a seven pound fish from the Red Braes Pool on Tuesday, using a spinning lure. The strong winds discouraged many of the regular fly fishers from venturing out on Tuesday and on Wednesday, although associate member Boris Birdwig was determined to make the most of his visit from the south.
FishPal customers continue to rate Inverness Angling Club’s fishings very highly. The latest angler to have a cast on the Ness fishings was David Collingham from Leicester, who booked a day on the river on September 27. David described value for money as “exceptional”, although he did not get a fish. He rated the description of the fishery, booking facility, general upkeep of the fishery and the conditions of the huts as very good and added: “Very friendly and helpful club members.” Many thanks for your comments, David. We look forward to welcoming you to our fishings next season.