Strong winds drove most River Ness anglers off the club water on Saturday but anglers who ventured out scored with some good salmon. Mike Campbell increased his tally to four with a fly-caught nine pounder from the MacIntyre Pool while Neil Fraser, also fishing the fly, had a 12 lb fish from the Weir Pool. Ally Henderson, on his first outing since April, landed and released a nice wee hen grilse of five pounds from the Silver Wells. Chris Bruce had an exceptional day, landing three hen grilse - a four pounder from the Black Stream, a four and a half pounder from the tail of the Little Isle and a two and a half pounder frm the MacIntyre.
A good day: One of three for Chris
Archie Campbell had his first of the season from the Inverness Angling Club water today, a fly caught 5lb grilse from the Weir Pool, safely landed and released. And Stephen Macleod, fishing a day permit on the Mill Stream, enjoyed landing and releasing a one pound trout hooked on a Toby.
Just back from holiday, Frank Durdle struck it lucky when he popped out for a cast on the Weir Pool of the Ness today. He hooked and landed a lively, sea-liced cock fish of 5 lbs from the ‘hot spot’ just below the weir spout.
Anglers will find it easier to move around the east bank of the Mill Stream from today. Club vice president Alex Elliott, his nephew Kevin and club secretary Gordon Smith spent Sunday morning strimming long growth around the path and tidied up overgrown banks. This follows Tony Quinn’s sterling efforts in strimming the west bank.
Alex will be out again today strimming the bank down to the MacIntyre. Volunteers are always required to maintain the club’s fishings, especially more of the club’s young and fit members! If you can help, please contact any club official by calling one of the telephone numbers listed in the membership cards.
Cleared: East bank of the Mill Stream
Mike Campbell had his third fish of the season today with a 6.5 lb specimen from the MacIntyre Pool, safely released. The Mac has been good to Mike this week, delivering earlier fish of 11 lbs and 8 lbs.
Inverness Angling Club members, and visitors to the club’s Ness fishings, are advised that the anglers’ car park at Holm Mills has been closed until further notice as a hole has appeared in the concrete approach. Arrangements have been made for urgent repairs which should be completed by the end of this week. Meanwhile, anglers should use the upper car park at Holm Mills, parking their vehicles at the far end of the area.
Dangerous gap: This part of the car park is a platform over a former lade
The funeral service for former Inverness Angling Club president, Aeneas Mackay, will be held at 10.30 am on Monday, July 24, in St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness, thereafter to Kilvean Cemetery. All are welcome to attend.
The grilse keep coming and junior club member Jordon Grant keeps catching. Out on the Black Stream today, just above the Palace Pool, Jordon landed grilse of three and four pounds.
Catching: A 3 lb grilse - one of two for Jordon
Today was a right royal one for IAC member David Dyce, once again confirming that it is well worth getting out for a cast on the Ness. Moving down from his favoured Little Isle and Silver Wells Pools, David cast a long fly line into the Palace Pool, just above the main Ness bridge, and immediately hooked a salmon.
Hundreds of visitors and locals soon gathered around the area to watch the spectacle - concluded in the landing of an 8 lb fish, given a big kiss by David before release! But the entertainment was far from over. As the spectators began to move away David hooked, landed and released two more salmon of 8 and 9 lbs - and, in between, fought and lost another four fish.
A wee bit upstream, another dedicated salmon angler, Aiden Macdonald, was also doing well with grilse of 3.5 lbs from the Silver Wells and 5 lbs from the Little Isle. Both were caught on a Gledswood Shrimp double.
One of two: A wee grilse from the Silver Wells
The funeral of former club member Uisdean Macdonald will take place on Thursday, July 27, at 1.30 pm in the funeral home of William Fraser on Culduthel Road, Inverness. His son Stuart has advised that Uisdean did not want everyone wearing black.