Scottish Canals is preparing to undertake major strengthening works to the Ness Weir at the head of the River Ness. The towpath from Tomnahurich Bridge Cottage to Dochgarroch Lock has been closed to the public to allow construction plant and vehicles to access the site and to transport a significant tonnage of steel sheet piles and other construction materials to the works.
In conjunction with Scottish Canals, the principal contractor for the works, MacKenzie Construction, has given permission for members of Inverness Angling Club to use a section of this towpath for access to the River Ness for fishing, during the period up to season closure on October 15.
Access is permitted from the temporary fenced opening at the toe of the canal embankment next to the Inverness West Link Road construction site, to the limit of the Inverness Angling Club fishing at the Clachnahagaig stone.
For your own safety, and the safety of others, IAC members are required to comply with the following conditions to allow access along the towpath:
- No IAC members’ cars, motorbikes or bicycles are allowed on the towpath.
- Look and listen for construction vehicles coming along the towpath from either direction.
- Stop and stand well aside on the grass verge while construction vehicles are passing.
- Do not recommence walking until the construction vehicle has passed.
- Do not loiter on the towpath. Walk directly to the stepped access points above the river.
- Please comply with any directions from the site construction team.
A pdf map of the permitted access can be viewed by clicking HERE
Although spring catches are down on last year, there's still fish to be caught on Inverness Angling Club’s beats of the River Ness. Club member Roy Gibson proved the point with a cracking sea-liced eight pounder from the MacIntyre Pool on Monday afternoon. The fish was attracted by a copper toby and successfully landed and released.
Aiden Macdonald is one of Inverness Angling Club’s top young Speycasters who will be pitting his skills against some of the world’s best in the club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 1 and 2.
A staff member at Grahams of Inverness, the city’s leading tackle dealer, Aiden is also pretty good at catching salmon. He was one of the top rods last year, just failing to break into double figures. He opened his 2017 account on his day off this morning (Monday, May 22) with a fly-caught fresh 10lb salmon from the popular Silver Wells Pool.
Sparkling: Success for Aiden
Martin Ross hooked, landed and released a 10lb salmon at the Weir Pool of the River Ness on Thursday night (May 18). Hopefully, this may indicate a re-start of the spring run through Inverness Angling Club’s fishings.
Veteran angler and honorary member of Inverness Angling Club George Skinner finished the club’s eighth annual winter trout league in style, taking the top awards for the best total bag over the eight month October to May competition. In Saturday’s final, George weighed in fish of 6lb 8oz to take his overall weight to 35lb 14oz, winning the IAC Trophy and a 10ft Spectre trout rod and Thistledown fly line donated by international tackle manufacturer Snowbee.
Second was IAC’s past president Michael Campbell whose total bag of 34lb 2oz won him a £100 cash prize donated by Achagour Fishery - “undoubtedly the friendliest trout fishery in the country” according to its many patrons. Third was Jim Jarvie with a bag of 30lb 13oz, winning an angling vest donated by Grahams of Inverness and a Snowbee Countdown fly line.
The best fish of the entire competition was a 7lb 14oz specimen taken by John Hamilton in his January session. This won him the IAC Trophy, a £50 award from Bellfield Enterprises and a Snowbee XS-tra distance floating line. Second was Jim Jarvie who landed a feisty fish of 6lb 14oz during his January session, winning a £30 award form Bellfield Enterprises. Third was George Skinner’s 6lb 4oz fish taken in his March session, winning a Bellfield Enterprises £20 award. Alex Elliott landed the best fish of the final, at 2lb 12oz, winning a £20 award from Bellfield Enterprises.
Grateful thanks were expressed to all the sponsors, who have given loyal support to the competition over the past eight years, and to the competition hosts, Achagour Fishery.
Top veteran: George Skinner makes prize-winning performance
Top team: A happy bunch of winter league competitors
The history and achievements of Inverness Angling Club will be featured for a second time in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying (FFFT), the increasingly popular Scotland-based angling magazine. The last feature was written by the late Bruce Sandison, in which he described our piece of print for visitors and new members as the best club brochure he had seen.
The June issue of FFFT is expected to be in the shops this week (beginning May 8). Unless you already get the magazine on subscription, and it’s delivered to your door, don’t forget to get your copy and enjoy a fascinating read about things you know - and perhaps didn't know - about your club.
The final of Inverness Angling Club’s Winter Trout League will be held at Achagour Fishery on Saturday, May 13. Registration will be at 0900 hours for an 0930 start.
This is the eighth successive league, an event that began as a trial to stimulate a bit of competitive fishing camaraderie among members during the close season. And the club has been very lucky to secure the support of international tackle manufacturer Snowbee as main sponsor, supported by Neil Fraser of Bellfield Enterprises and Achagour Fishery. Local tackle dealer Grahams of Inverness have also donated prizes.
Happy anglers at the 2015/16 league final
It seems that bright sunshine and lowish water makes little difference to the taking inclinations of salmon moving through the Ness system. In these conditions, IAC member Arthur Ferguson hooked, landed and released a fresh 12lb fish from the Little Isle at 11.40 am today. Apparently, it is Arthur’s first fish for a while…so many congratulations!
Success: A nice one for Arthur
Ghurka soldier Safique Ahmed, just back from a posting in England, has made a welcome return to the River Ness, and Inverness Angling Club membership. A corporal in 3 Scots Black Watch, Safique has enjoyed fishing the club water while posted to Fort George barracks to the east of Inverness. The day after returning he was having a cast on the Little Isle and enjoying the craic with local members! His compatriot Mukund Gurung, also a keen angler and club member, is being posted to England for a while but we look forward to his return.
Safique: On duty at the Little Isle
Persistence paid off for young Stephen Dick at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness today (Tuesday, May 2). An enthusiastic junior member of Inverness Angling Club, and regular face on the river during school breaks, 16-year-old Stephen was spinning with a copper toby around mid-afternoon when he hooked, landed and released a salmon of 10lbs. It's good to see junior members of the club reaping rewards for their efforts. Hopefully, the picture of Stephen's catch will encourage more of our juniors - and our seniors - to get out for a cast. Over the last few days there have been reports of good numbers of fish showing in the river.
A nice fish for Stephen