Flies designed for Inverness Angling Club’s ‘Ness Centenary Salmon Fly’ contest will be raffled in aid of the club and the tying classes. All 10 flies have been tied to a high standard and will be presented to the winner complete with two stag horn stands. Contact vice-president Alex Elliott for further information using the details shown on club membership cards.
Try your luck: Win top flies and stag horn cradles
There were no losers at the close of Inverness Angling Club’s 2017/18 fly tying classes last night (March 29) as all showed a significant development of their skills. But achievements were recognised in a little contest to design and tie a ‘Ness Centenary Salmon Fly’ incorporating all the colours of the club’s logos. Experienced tyer Graham Forbes was judged to have submitted the best fly overall. Among the novices, Eric Macleay tied the best fly with Jamie Urquhart the runner-up. All three received £20 vouchers sponsored by David Dyce, Bill Byers and the club. Details about the 2018/19 classes, starting in November, will be posted during the summer.
Novice winner Eric Macleay (left) receives his award from vice-president Alex Elliott
Novice runner-up Jamie Urquhart
Overall winner Graham Forbes
Inverness Angling Club’s weekly fly tying class reaches the end of its season this Thursday evening when pupils will invest the experience they have gained into tying the fly of their choice. A key event of the evening will be the judging of 10 entries received for the ‘Centenary’ fly competition with £20 vouchers going to each of the two best flies chosen.
Warmer weather brought a result for two club members at the Weir Pool of the Ness fishings today (March 27). Allan Crawford landed a fresh 10lb salmon on a 3” Devon minnow while Martin Nelson caught a nine pounder on the fly. Both fish were safely released.
One of two: Martin's Weir fish
Topping 10 pounder: Good fish for Allan
As Inverness Angling Club’s 2017/18 series of fly tying classes ends next week, participants will benefit not only from the development of new skills but the donation of materials which will help them produce attractive flies for this season and beyond. The latest donations came from keen angler Brian Wilson, former chief executive of Inverness District Council, and Sean Stanton, developer of the Franc N Snaelda salmon fly. Sean gave the class a bundle of top quality hair after meeting class member Graham Forbes at the recent Scottish Fly Fair.
A full-time ghillie on the River Dee, Sean and wife Tracey run their salmon fly, fly-tying and material store from their home on Royal Deeside. Sean is a prolific tier who designs and manufactures his own range of affordable, quality materials. This gave birth to the Sean Stanton Signature Tubes, the first in the range of many Signature materials to be developed. See http://www.francnsnaelda.com
Tonight (Thursday, March 22) is the deadline for entries into the IAC fly tying competition for the creation of a ‘Centenary’ fly. The rules are simple to encourage creativity. Flies should be tied on a double iron of your choice and incorporate the club’s standard and centenary colours - blue, yellow, silver, gold and black. Entries should be submitted in a sealed container carrying the entrant’s name and passed to vice president Alex Elliott by this evening.
Alex will be at the fly tying class in Hilton Community Centre tonight from 7 to 8.30 pm and entries can be delivered to him there. Entries will remain anonymous until Mike Campbell and Alan Scott complete their judging at the final fly tying class next Thursday (March 29). Two vouchers of £20, donated by Bill Byers and David Dyce, will be awarded to the successful entrants.
IAC officials are in discussions with representatives of The Highland Council concerning the improvement and expansion of the Little Isle hut. The opportunity for the development has arisen through a council group which is looking to improve facilities at the Bught. The club believes that improvement of the hut would not only meet the needs of anglers but enrich engagement with the hundreds of tourists who stop and talk with Little Isle anglers every year.
Membership of Inverness Angling Club for 2018 currently stands at a total of 112 - 47 senior, 20 associates, 30 concessionary, four ladies and 11 juniors. One sea permit has been sold so far. Renewals are expected to increase soon and anglers are reminded that they should purchase their permits before April 1. This is to help the club to secure the income to meet substantial early season bills. Renewals from April 1 will incur an extra charge of £20.
Members have raised concerns about the potentially dangerous condition of tree branches in the area of the Little Isle hut. One of the branches attracts youngsters to climb over its length, posing a threat to health and safety. Highland Council officials have been made aware of the club’s concerns, have visited the site and action is awaited.
Investigation continues into the regular removal of copies of club committee minutes from the Little Isle hut. The posting of the minutes was in response to requests by members for information on committee discussions and decisions. Perhaps the culprit doesn’t believe in democratic dialogue!
The new West Link road and Holm Mills Bridge have certainly improved connections between the east and west sides of Inverness. But the route has brought vehicle and pedestrian traffic closer to the club fishings on the Braes and Weir Pools. The club is taking the precaution of seeking permission from The Highland Council to place a fishing permit sign at the lay-by close to the right bank of the pools.