Neil Fraser's fly-caught 9lb salmon from the Weir Pool on Saturday (April 29)
On three occasions this season, Ian Mulholland has made the seven hour round trip from Lochwinnoch, south west of Glasgow, to fish the club’s water on FishPal tickets. His very positive comments on our fishings, and the anglers he has met, were reported in a February story. And he has just submitted similar comments on his most recent trips.
“I’ve visited the river three times now and love it,” says Ian. “There’s some great fly water and the travelling is worth it. I like to camp and get away. I’ve now applied for associate membership and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I hope to fish the river more often, not only for salmon but I’ve also seen some nice trout and sea trout.”
Welcome to the club, Ian.
Inverness Angling Club will stage its highly valued Casting Clinics from 7pm to 9pm each Wednesday, starting on May 31 and continuing weekly on June 7, 14, 21 and 28. As always, the venue will be the Little Isle Pool.
Members, non-members and, in particular, youngsters are most welcome to attend. The coaching will be free of charge. For peace of mind, all coaches hold a minimum Sport Scotland/UKCC Level 1 certification with PVG/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. Please bring along your own rods. However, there will be a limited supply of loan rods should you not have your own.
IAC member Stephen Cowie made a successful visit to the Weir Pool of the River Ness on Thursday, landing and releasing a fresh run salmon estimated at 8lbs. Steve was using a silver Flying C with hand painted red stripes across the silver blade. He hooked the fish in the productive lie just above the spout.
Clearly, fish are running the river so it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. But that means getting on to the river in the first place. Despite recent catches, the number of members going out for a cast is disappointing. More anglers would produce more fish.
Following Martin Nelson’s success last Thursday, the Weir Pool of Inverness Angling Club’s water delivered again on Monday - hopefully indicating that spring catches will rise through the rest of April and May. Cameron Milne of Elgin, fishing the Weir on Monday (April 17) with a friend on FishPal day tickets, hooked, landed and released a fresh-run salmon of around 8 lbs. The fish was enticed by a Franc ’n’ Snaelda, the fly invented by Ballogie head ghillie Sean Stanton which combines elements of the famous Icelandic patterns, the Frances and Snaelda.
The Weir Pool on Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness beat is still the place to be for the chance of a spring salmon. Martin Nelson was there on Thursday (April 13) and repeated his success of last season with a 12 lb fly caught salmon. There’s word around that another fish was caught on Wednesday afternoon but no return has been made at the time of writing.
Members and visitors are reminded that details of all catches of salmon or grilse should be submitted within 24 hours, under Rule 5.2 in the club rules printed in all membership cards and visitor permits. Returns can be made, quickly and simply, by mobile phone on www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk/report-catch or by text to 07831 745394, using the detail set out in permits.
Successful: Martin Nelson with his bright springer
International speycasters will flock to Inverness this summer for Inverness Angling Club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament, being run as part of Scotland’s Salmon Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2. Entries have now reached the limit of 30 and two entries have been placed on the waiting list to replace any withdrawals. It is a major achievement by the club, which attracted 20 speycasters to its Alexander Grant Memorial event in 2015. And it recognises the international standing of the club, the River Ness and its speycasting traditions.
The 2015 event owed a huge debt to club members who volunteered as judges for the competition, and carried out their responsibilities so well. This year’s event will also need a team of some 20 judges to work in shifts over the two days of competition. Those who are willing to take part should contact the club link below or text their name and telephone number to vice president Alex Elliott on 07810 007691. Alex is also co-ordinating attendance at the Highland Council civic reception on the Saturday evening which will recognise the club’s centenary.
Remedial works will begin on the Ness Islands next week and continue for some eight months. The works will involve trees, paths, bridges and banks. From next week (beginning April 10), contractor Brandon Landscape Ltd will be starting on tree works which will take at least six months to complete. This is primarily light work and areas where works are taking place will be cordoned off without affecting the public too much.
The public are asked to adhere to signs that are posted at the islands’ entrances as paths, bridges, banks and trees could be affected during the works. Access across the islands will not be possible when work is taking place on bridges. Signs will be displayed at the islands’ entrances on these days. Works will be weather and river-level dependent and forewarning of closures will not be possible.
For safety, the council asks that diverted routes should be followed, dog walkers should keep dogs on a lead while works are in progress, cyclists should travel at slow pace and children should be kept under visual contact at all times. The works are designed to protect and prolong the islands as a popular area for people to enjoy for years to come.
He might not show his face in the picture, but Neil Fraser should be proud of his Weir Pool catch this morning (April 3). After some good runs from a feisty kelt, Neil hit the real thing - an estimated 15lb salmon duly landed and released. It was the second verified springer from Inverness Angling Club’s beat this season. If last year is anything to go by, when 29 springers were landed during April and May, there should be more to come. So it’s worth kitting up and getting out.
Springer for Neil