News 2019

News 2019

Saturday, 09 November 2019 10:09

Tyers tackle three

Over 20 enthusiastic fly tyers gathered for the latest in the close season series of fly tying classes last Wednesday evening. Tutor Graham Forbes led the more experienced group in the tying of the Highland Welder, similar to the Flamethrower but tied in Green Highlander colours. Under the guidance of tutor David Mateer, the beginners and intermediate group tied variations of the Stoat’s Tail - the Silver Stoat and Thunder Stoat.

The next class, in the conference room of Dow’s Bistro at 7pm next Wednesday (November 13), will see the skilled group tie the Pot Belly Pig while beginners and intermediates will tackle two flies - the Mateer Monkey and the Tosh.

Tuition: David Mateer demonstrates variations of the Stoat's Tail

 

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:15

Stoat’s Tail meets Highland Welder

Tutor David Mateer will return to the 2019/20 fly tying series this Wednesday evening when his expertise will help beginner and intermediate tyers tackle variations of the popular Stoat’s Tail. Traditionally, it’s one of the most successful salmon flies - and one which also catches its fair share of sea trout.

Most salmon fly patterns vary from the originals, according to the preferences of the tyer. The standard variations of the Stoat’s Tail are the Silver Stoat and the Thunder Stoat, both of which novices can tie perfectly with a little bit of practise.

In the experienced section of the class, tutor Graham Forbes will be taking his tyers through the intricacies of the Highland Welder, which is similar to a Flamethrower but tied in Green Highlander colours.

The classes, to which all are welcome, are held in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro on Balloan Road, Inverness, from 7 to 8.30 pm.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:18

Notice of 2019 AGM

Members of Inverness Angling Club are advised that the annual general meeting of the club will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall. The committee will submit to the meeting a report on club affairs and a certified statement of accounts for the financial year. The meeting will appoint office bearers, committee members and the accountant. 

Notices of motion intended to be submitted to the AGM must be made in writing, signed by the member giving the notice and delivered to the secretary 10 clear days before the date of the meeting (ie by Monday, November 11). 

These notices are posted as required by paragraphs 6.2 and 6.5 of the IAC Constitution. Contact details for the secretary are given in membership cards.

Sunday, 27 October 2019 13:01

A treat for tyers

Loch Achonachie Angling Club (LAAC) is offering a great opportunity for fly tyers with demonstrations at The Cottage Bar and Restaurant in Maryburgh on Saturday, November 2. 

Scottish international team member Allan Liddle will be tying trout dries for both river and loch, along with nymphs and wets; Sandy Howie and David Mateer will tie salmon flies; Liam Stephen will be on river nymphs; and Hamish Young will demonstrate loch dapping flies. Andy Downie from Dingwall Sports and Model Shop will be present with a range of Semperfli tying materials.

Tyers and LAAC members are looking forward to welcoming all interested anglers who can drop in any time during the day - from 11 am through to 4.30 pm.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 13:11

Youngsters tackle trouting

Inverness Angling Club coaches have completed a series of coaching events which introduced vulnerable youngsters to the joys of trout fishing.

Working with This is Me Highland, and Cindy Augur of Achagour Trout Fishery, coaches helped the youngsters, who were accompanied by parents, grasp the basics of casting. And they even get a few trout in the process. They had the best of gear - top of the range trout fly rods donated to the club by tackle manufacturers Loop.

Acting president Alex Elliott said: “This is Me Highland do some wonderful work with young people and we were pleased to help introduce them to a new activity. My personal thanks go to coaches Steve Black, Bill Byers, Frank Durdle, Alan Scott and Steve Watt for their commitment to helping more people to experience angling.”

In the pink: Frank Durdle works his magic

Success: A fish to remember

Friday, 18 October 2019 13:59

Club seeks volunteers for coach training

Coaching is one of the crucial keys to securing the future of Inverness Angling Club. If anyone needs to be convinced, just watch the coaching sessions run by the club every Wednesday night in June. There’s delight on the faces of youngsters as, having started from scratch, they build their casting skills to achieve decent lengths - and hit the centre of the target ring. It’s also satisfying for coaches to see more mature anglers sorting out problems with their technique and building skills that will help them cast further and catch more fish.

There are lots of people out there who could benefit from coaching, including novices who would join our club if they felt able to cast with ease. That’s why the club needs more coaches. At present, four trained coaches struggle to meet growing demand for help so the club is appealing for volunteers to attend coach training courses to be arranged locally with the Scottish Anglers National Association (SANA).

One thing is guaranteed. Qualified coaches bring big smiles to the faces of young and not to young anglers as they build their skills - and a lot of satisfaction for themselves, not only in helping build angling skills but ensuring the continuing success and growth of one of the top angling clubs in Scotland.

Volunteers should contact the secrfetary whose details are on membership cards or send a message through the contact facility of this web site.

Friday, 18 October 2019 13:57

Remember, remember, the 23rd of October

Inverness Angling Club members are reminded that annual catch returns must be submitted by Wednesday, October 23. They can be deposited in the boxes in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream, or at Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. Alternatively, they can be posted to the address on the returns card, but remember to leave time for delivery.

Friday, 18 October 2019 13:56

Concessions for over 65s

Inverness Angling Club offers concessionary membership to pensioners of 65 or over with a minimum of 12 years consecutive membership prior to application. Members who meet these conditions get a 50 per cent reduction on annual membership fees. Applications for concessionary membership must be made in writing, including a date of birth. They should be submitted to the membership secretary, John Ralph, whose contact details may be found on membership cards.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:30

Last day success for Donnie

For most of last week the River Ness was too high for fishing as heavy rain in the west pushed up the river to an uncomfortable, if not dangerous, level.

But by today, the close of the Ness season, the river had dropped significantly, and several anglers were out on the Red Braes, Weir, Mill Stream, McIntyre, Little Isle and Leaven Trees pools to try their luck.

Before heading home after a few hours on the river, Donnie Urquhart decided to have a cast with a 2.5 inch Devon minnow by Charlie’s Seat, at the tail of McIntyre. It was a good decision as he was rewarded with a salmon of 7.5 pounds.

Saturday, 12 October 2019 16:08

Happy day!

The day for Inverness Angling Club’s annual end of season BBQ dawned bright and dry, unlike earlier weather conditions which had raised river levels, flooded the usual MacIntyre location and forced a transfer to the anglers’ car park by the Mill Stream.

Good food, a dram or beer or two and lots of the ‘craic’ contributed to the usual happy event attended by local and visiting anglers, wives and families. A superb raffle provided lots of great prizes while raising significant funds to support the running of the club huts.

Family: Davey Dyce with Mum Mary

Trusty chef: Alex Elliott kept all fed

Raffle sellers: John Ralph with Mo Campbell and Sheila and Laura Deans

All ages: Mums and kids had a great time

Remembrance: Graham MacKenzie, with Natasha and Lorraine Hamilton,

reads "The Fisherman's Prayer" in memory of the late John Hamilton

Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:52

River rise forces BBQ venue change

Heavy rain over the past couple of days, with more forecast, has raised river levels and forced Inverness Angling Club to change the venue for the annual end of season BBQ on Saturday (October 12). The event will now be staged by the anglers’ hut on the riverside behind the Holm Mills Shopping Village. The event begins at 1230 hours and members are asked to gift a ‘little something’ to ensure that the raffle meets its usual standard. This raises the funds that support the costs of running the club huts throughout each year.

High water: The river floods the usual site of the BBQ

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 19:20

Better boat by far

What a difference! Walter Mackay has put in some sterling work to repair and revive the club’s Ruthven boat. He has fitted new fixed rowlocks, reinforced the gunwales with aluminium, fitted an extra seat and installed a foot strap to help with rowing. Finally, the boat has received a superb paint job.

Great job: Ready to rock Ruthven next season

Monday, 07 October 2019 19:25

Funeral arrangements for John

The funeral service for the late John Hamilton will take place at 10.30 am this Thursday (October 10). It will be held in the funeral home of William T Fraser and Son on Culduthel Road, Inverness, when fellow members of Inverness Angling Club will have the opportunity to pay their last respects to a good friend.

Monday, 07 October 2019 16:13

Top team tackles Mac

With the annual close of season BBQ set for this Saturday, a willing work crew got together today to tidy up the location alongside the MacIntyre Hut. But the simple tidy up appears to have grown arms and legs. 

The unstable riverside frontage of the area was bolstered with wire netting and river rubble, hard core was applied to soft areas and the immediate area was strimmed, while bushes and branches over a sizeable area of the left bank were trimmed back.

It was a big job well done by a team including Davey Dyce, Chris Bruce, Davey ‘Sea Trout’, Malcolm Riddell, James Emery, Ian Jennings, Dougie Dyce, Andy Massari and Mike Campbell.

Spadework: Ian Jennings gets stuck in

Looking good: James and Davey inspect the works

Mixers: Good work guys!

Sunday, 06 October 2019 20:06

Club loses popular member

John Hamilton, a life-long member of Inverness Angling Club and keen outdoorsman, died suddenly on Saturday (October 5). He was 64 and had suffered ill health for some years. 

A skilled angler and wildfowler, John had a varied career which included professional painting, the oil industry with the McDermott yard at Ardersier, the tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness and as a ghillie on the Laggan beat of the Ness. He had a range of high level practical skills and was the first port of call for anglers seeking repairs to rods and reels. His regular visits to the Little Isle Pool will be sorely missed.

John is survived by his wife Lorraine, daughter Natasha, son Paul and grandchildren, to whom club members extend their deepest sympathies. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed later.

Triumphant: John with his last fish, a fly-caught specimen

from the Little Isle Pool

Friday, 04 October 2019 16:22

Derek does it again

The Mill Stream is proving to be the perfect place for IAC member Derek Proctor. After landing a fresh fish of seven pounds there on Monday (September 30), the pool delivered further success for him today. This time it was a five pound hen grilse, just showing the first stages of colour, caught and released to continue its spawning journey.

Thursday, 03 October 2019 08:45

Join a league of sport

October heralds the start of the 11th annual winter trout league run under the colours of Inverness Angling Club. Competitors are preparing for their first session at Achagour Trout Fishery, checking rods, lines and casts, and the flies that will attract prize-winning rainbows. 

The league presents opportunities for enjoyable outings in which the ‘craic’ is just as important as the fishing. Those who have not yet entered can do so by downloading and submitting entry forms from this web site. Click on the icon at the top right of the home page, go to Fishing/Winter trout league and download the appropriate entry form.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 18:41

A tale of two anglers

Denny Mackay is a well known member of Inverness Angling Club who has caught a fair number of fish in his time. Although not fishing as much as before, he was in the right place at the right time on the Mill Stream today to land a seven pound cock salmon on his favoured two-inch Devon minnow.

Not so well known, at least to locals, is Joao Paulo Carvalho of Portugal who joined the club as an associate member this year, fishing the club beat from August 12 to 17. In a report submitted today, explained by the loss of his membership card, Joao confirmed that he caught a fresh grilse of around four pounds in the General’s Well Pool. Hopefully, Jaoa will return next season so that more of us will get to know him.

Monday, 30 September 2019 18:58

Get set for BBQ

Inverness Angling Club will stage its annual end-of-season barbecue at the MacIntyre Pool hut on Saturday, October 12, from around 12.30 pm. The event is a popular gathering of members and friends, with good food and an interesting raffle, the proceeds of which support the year round costs of the club huts. Anyone with a prize to donate should bring it with them on the day or deliver it to the Little Isle hut when convenient.

Monday, 30 September 2019 18:40

Marathon access restrictions

This week will see restrictions to access around the Little Isle in preparation for the annual Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running on Sunday, October 6. For logistical and safety reasons the weekend closure on Bught Road begins on Friday at 1.30 pm and continues through to Sunday midnight.

Significant logistics movements will take place around the Little Isle car park on Wednesday, October 2, when members are asked to park in the RNI car park wherever possible. Limited mobility/disabled members will get access towards the Little Isle car park via Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout and, depending on weather, they will be able to park on the Bught Park. They should show their club permit and disability pass at this junction. 

On Friday (October 4) from 1.30 pm, and all day Saturday, stewards are briefed that use of the Little Isle car park will be possible. Access by showing of passes will be at Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout.

Monday, 30 September 2019 17:28

Mill result for Derek

The last day of September was a good one for Inverness Angling Club member Derek Proctor. Out on the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a fresh fish of seven pounds. The river remains quiet with just hardened regulars covering the water. But fish are there and increased effort could see catch numbers rise in the run up to the end of the season on October 15.

Saturday, 28 September 2019 19:01

Time for a cast

Another two salmon were caught and released on the angling club beats today. Neil Fraser was out early on the General’s Well Pool where he landed a four pound grilse. In the afternoon, following high tide, Chris Bruce got back to his old ways, landing and releasing an eight pound fish from the Mill Stream. With just 14 fishing days to the end of the season, now is the time for those last few casts to save a blank.

Friday, 27 September 2019 20:31

Perseverance pays

Put in the hours and you will secure success, even in a season where the fish may be few and far between. And that’s certainly what Davie Dyce does. Out on the MacIntyre again today, he landed an eight pound salmon. No other catch reports have come in as yet.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 18:33

Just reward for James

Over the years, many anglers have travelled long distances to experience and enjoy fishing the club water of the River Ness. One of the most recent long term visitors is James Emery from Norfolk, an associate member who has spent many weeks on the river - fishing hard and helping out with bank works. And he got just reward today with a four pound grilse caught and returned on a Ghillie fly.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 12:34

Time for returns

Inverness Angling Club is preparing for the mandatory process of collecting catch returns for the 2019 season. Returns boxes have been placed in the Mill Stream and Little Isle huts, and in Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. Accurate catch returns are crucial if the River Ness is to avoid any risk of being demoted to conservation category three in 2021. All returns, using the detachable forms on the membership  cards, must be submitted no later than October 23.

Another legal requirement for the 2019 season is a return of fishing effort - the number of days spent per month per angler fishing the club water for salmon. Members should note that failure to comply could result in prosecution. 

There is no provision for effort in the catch return form as this new requirement was announced after club cards were printed. It should be possible, using a fine tipped pen, to enter the days fished against each month on the right hand side of the catch return. If not, please enter the month and days fished on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the returns card.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 17:49

Father follows son

Yesterday, Donald MacPherson Jnr landed an eight pound salmon from the Red Braes Pool. Today, it was the turn of Donald MacPherson Snr. Fishing his favoured spot at the Cross Hedgings, below the General’s Well Pool, ‘old’ Donald caught a fine six pound grilse.

Monday, 23 September 2019 13:00

Fish - at last!

Salmon have been hard to come by on Inverness Angling Club’s beat over the past couple of weeks. But Donald MacPherson and Tony Quinn ended the famine this morning with a fish each from the left bank of the Red Braes Pool. And Donald reported heartening signs of fish running through the river. His fish of eight pounds was taken on a red Park shrimp while the ever-popular Cascade brought success for Tony. The third fish of the day, a fly-caught coloured three pound hen, was landed at the tail of the MacIntyre Pool by Ally Henderson.

Social media reported a salmon being caught towards the end of last week, now confirmed as a six pound cock fish from the MacIntyre on Friday by Lee Mackenzie. Members and visitors are reminded that all catches must be reported to the club within 24 hours. It's an easy process. Details of how to report are given in membership cards and visitor permits.

Nice one!: Tony's Braes catch

Happy! This fish produced a smile from Donald

Sunday, 22 September 2019 13:31

Ruthven boat off for season

Inverness Angling Club has removed its boat from Loch Ruthven for the rest of the trout season, which ends on October 6. It appears that a removable seat fitted earlier this season has caused a small crack which requires repair.

A padlock which secured the boat’s oars has gone missing. Acting president Alex Elliott has appealed to the person who failed to refit the padlock to call him to explain the omission. A record is maintained of all users so it would be better for this member to call before the club has to contact them formally. Alex’s mobile number is printed on the club membership card.

Culprit: The removable seat

Problem: The crack under the gunwale

Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:37

Boat removed for maintenance

Ruthven regulars should note that the club boat on this popular trout loch will not be available from this weekend. It is being removed for essential maintenance. Watch this space for updates.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 18:52

More to come?

With the autumn, the Braes Pool of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings comes into its own. It has been delivering a few fish already, the latest a fresh eight pounder today (September 17) to the rod of Andy Massari. The hope is that there will be more to come. 

Monday, 16 September 2019 12:02

Ladies return for casting tuition

Just over a couple of weeks ago, the ‘Ladies who go Fishing’ day on the club water of the River Ness was cut short as extremely heavy and persistent rain raised the river to a dangerous level. As a result, three of the ladies - Seonaid Mustard, Fiona Johnston and Jane Spoor, who had spent the morning at Highland Hospice being taught knots and fly tying - were denied an afternoon of casting tuition.

But the ladies were determined to secure an introduction to the finer arts of salmon fly casting and Inverness Angling Club coaches Graham MacKenzie and Alan Scott were happy to respond - hosting the ladies on the Little Isle Pool. Again, weather played a part - this time downstream winds that gusted to over 40 mph. The ladies persevered, however, and all three made good progress in using the double Spey and snake roll casts. Associate member James Emery from Norfolk also deserves thanks for being on hand to serve up tea and coffee.

Leading ladies: High winds did not trouble these enthusiastic Ladies who go Fishing

Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:41

Otter claims pink

What is believed to be the first sign of Pacific pink salmon in the Ness catchment this year came with the discovery of the remains of a humpback at the tail of the MacIntyre Pool this week. It looks as though it is what's left of an otter’s meal and was found by James Buchanan who alerted the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. A regular visitor from Kirkintilloch, James recently rescued a distressed baby otter from the river.

Terrific teeth: The head of the pink salmon found by the Ness

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:02

Access restrictions for marathon

Early October will see the usual disruption to angler access to the Little Isle Pool for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. But organisers are doing everything they can to minimise the impact on anglers.

For logistical and safety reasons the weekend closure on Bught Road begins on Friday at 1.30 pm and continues through to Sunday midnight.

Significant logistics movements will be taking place around the isle car park on Wednesday, October 2, when members are asked to park in the RNI car park wherever possible.

Limited mobility/disabled members will get access towards the Little Isle car park and, depending on weather, they will be able to park hard right on the Bught Park. Access for limited mobility/disabled members will be via Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout They should show their pass and disability pass where appropriate at this junction. 

On Friday (October 4) from 1.30 pm, and all day Saturday, stewards are briefed that use of the Little Isle fisherman’s car park will be possible. Access by showing of passes will be at Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout.

Monday, 09 September 2019 20:44

Time to trout

Time flies when you’re having fun. And time has certainly flown by since the first IAC Winter Trout League was staged at Achagour Trout Fishery. We celebrated the tenth anniversary of the league over the 2018/19 sessions and next month (October) will see the start of the eleventh consecutive tournament.

Organiser Alex Elliott is looking forward to seeing all previous participants and to welcoming new ones. Give it a try; it’s challenging at times but really rewarding on a good day. Those who read the water and weather conditions, and come up with the right fly or lure, can score well.

Alex is also keen to see more under 16 junior club members taking part in the competition, subject to the agreement and support of parents or guardians, and transporting them to the fishery.

Senior and junior entry forms, and the competition rules, can be downloaded from the web site by clicking the content index on the top right of the home page, selecting Fishing and Winter Trout League.

Friday, 06 September 2019 19:54

Fly tying series set to re-start

Successful angling engages a variety of skills - none more so than the tying of flies. They are the essential element in attracting, hooking and landing your chosen quarry. Salmon flies embody shape, movement and colour to attract a fish that stops feeding as it enters fresh water. Trout flies are designed to match the type of insect on which fish are feeding. 

IAC runs a close season fly tying class which has helped develop anglers’ skills and introduced novices to this fascinating pastime. And some have already experienced the thrill of catching a fish on a fly they’ve tied.

Accredited coaches and expert tyers lead the classes which will be held in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro on Balloan Road, Inverness, from 7 to 8.30 pm each Wednesday evening. They will run from October 23 to December 11, break for the festive season, re-start on January 15 and close on February 26. 

Novices and non-members are welcome. Tools and materials can be supplied. Those who did not take part in the 2018/19 series should register by Friday, October 4, 2019, by text to 07785 287995 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving their full name, age, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Concentration: Tyers creating their favourite flies

Sunday, 01 September 2019 08:33

Mixed fortunes

The final fishing days of August proved to be one of mixed fortunes on the River Ness. Friday brought smiles to the faces of members Ally Henderson, Donald MacPherson and John Benson with fine individual catches. Saturday saw Ladies who Fish enjoy a fish-less but successful day raising funds for the Highland Hospice. That was until early afternoon when many hours of incessant rain produced a fast rising river which scuppered the hopes of visiting ladies and local anglers.

Ally Henderson was out on the Silver Wells on Friday where perseverance produced a fresh fly-caught grilse of six pounds. Meanwhile, Donald MacPherson was up on the Mill Stream where he landed a cock fish of seven pounds. In the evening, downstream on the Friar’s Shott, John Benson’s continuing search for sea trout was rewarded with a two and a half pounder caught then released on a size 14 teal blue and silver.

Success: Another fish for Ally

Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:20

Ladies take to the Ness

Incessant rain failed to dampen the spirits of the ‘Ladies who Fish’ on a visit to the River Ness today (August 31). Organised by Inverness Angling Club and FishPal in aid of the Highland Hospice, the event attracted 14 ladies from as far apart as Fort William Inverness, Newcastle and Edinburgh. 

On hand with support were members and coaches of Inverness Angling Club, together with world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie and instructors Frank Durdle and David Mateer. Rising water led to an early finish, of safety grounds, with no fish caught. But the ladies enjoyed being introduced to the mysteries of angling knots and tying flies in the shelter of the Hospice building. The day raised £1,060 for hospice funds.

Little Isle: FishPal's Ann Woodcock goes for salmon

Mill Stream: Lady and ghillie

Happy bunch: The umbrella keeps Chris dry

Tips: Frank introduces essential knots

Skills: David gives tying tips

Worthwhile: A good day raised valuable funds

Friday, 30 August 2019 11:26

Ladies say thanks

Ladies who fish got together with men who fish on the Mill Stream Pool of the River Ness today (August 30). The purpose was for ladies who were coached by Inverness Angling Club in last year’s highly successful ladies day to say thanks to the men who gave up their time to coach them in casting techniques.

It was the ladies turn to act as ghillies today, with donations going to charitable causes chosen by the club. Saturday will see another ladies day in which the club joins forces with FishPal to raise funds for the Highland Hospice.

Getting together: Ladies and gents at the Mill Stream

In the pink: Steve Watt and Alex Elliott

Ladies who ghillie: Cheyenne Stronach coaches Alex Elliott while FishPal’s Ann Woodcock assists Steve Watt

Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:04

Two from Mill

The Mill Stream produced two fish today (August 29). Andrew Fraser had a four pound grilse while Murray Richardson landed and released a fly-caught seven pounder.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 13:12

Angler rescues fellow fisher

An otter cub owes its life to an angler making an early morning visit to the River Ness. Over the last few months, James Buchanan has been making extended visits from his home in Kirkintilloch to the Ness fishings managed by Inverness Angling Club, of which he is an associate member.

Entering the river at the Little Isle Pool early this morning James heard loud screaming noises coming from the opposite bank of the river, running alongside Island Bank Road.

“I thought it was a couple of birds of prey screaming at each other,’ said James. “But then fellow angler Donnie Cameron pointed out that it was a cub otter which appeared to be in some distress.”

He went on: “I followed it downstream, crossed the Infirmary Bridge and found it lying partly on the bank. It seemed utterly exhausted and appears to have been separated from its mother and siblings by the high water of last week. 

“I got a couple of bites when trying to pick it up so I took off my shirt and wrapped it up in that. It settled down as I walked up to the anglers’ hut. We alerted the SSPCA and an officer came and took it into their care.”

IAC acting president Alex Elliott said: “We enjoy seeing the otters on the river. They are a key element of the wildlife habitat provided by the city’s unique Ness Islands. James did a really good job in rescuing this cub. Hopefully, it will make a full recovery and return to its native river.”

Otterman: James Buchanan with the rescued cub otter

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 19:41

Cascade catch

Despite some increased activity over the last few days, just one fish was reported from the club water today (August 27). Fishing the Pass, Jordon Grant had a four pound grilse caught on a Cascade.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:30

Works appeal

Work to complete the clearance of the right bank of the MacIntyre Pool will continue this coming Sunday (September 1). Once again, the club is appealing for members to help. Anyone who has an hour or two to spare should join Chris Bruce, and a couple of associate members who have already volunteered, at the Mill Hut at 11 am. This final stage of works should give members better access to a leading pool when, hopefully, an autumn run of fish will deliver results.

Monday, 26 August 2019 13:05

First from island pass

The island pass on the town fishings of the River Ness runs from the weir at the tail of the General’s Well Pool down to the top of the Little Isle Pool. It’s often ignored by both local and visiting anglers but not so today (August 26) by IAC member Roderick MacCuish. Fishing a copper Toby, Roderick landed and released a six pound grilse - his first of the season.

Up on the MacIntyre Pool, Davie Dyce increased his tally with a fly-caught six pounder, duly released. James Buchanan, an associate member from Kirkintilloch, also added to his total catch with a seven pounder from the left bank of the Mill Stream.

Good grilse: The first of the season for Roderick

Sunday, 25 August 2019 13:59

Members tool up to tackle banks

Club volunteers gathered at the Mill Stream this morning (August 25) to continue bank works designed to benefit all members. Although fewer than expected turned out from a club with such a large membership, the team soon got started clearing overgrown paths, bankside bushes and overhanging branches from the right bank of the Weir Pool down towards the MacIntyre Pool. A collection of new power tools improved the efficiency of the works efforts which will continue over the next week or so.

Before: Just one section of the Mill Stream bank

After: Tidier with no obstructions

Strimming: Derek Proctor cleans up the Mill path

Hot work: Chris Bruce (front) and secretary Steve Black

The works team: (left to right) associate member James Emery from Norfolk, Chris Bruce,

Steve Black, John Benson, Bill Byers, Derek Proctor, Graham MacKenzie, Martin Ross and Neil Fraser

Saturday, 24 August 2019 20:32

Events for those who go fishing

Here’s an offer that’s difficult to refuse - a free day’s fishing for men, coached by women, with a lunch time barbecue by the riverside and the chance to help charities through donations and a great prize draw.

The event is being staged by Inverness Angling Club (IAC) in association with angling agency FishPal. All interested should gather at the Mill Stream hut, behind the Holm Mills Shopping Village, at 10.30 am on Friday, August 30. The club is seeking volunteers from qualified coaches and competent anglers to help instruct inexperienced casters. They should confirm their attendance by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 noon on Thursday, August 30, to assist the organisation of catering.

The following day sees a repeat of last year’s successful ‘Ladies Who Go Fishing’ day in which lady anglers - novice, intermediate or experienced -  will be coached by world Speycasting champion Scott MacKenzie, SGAIC instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle, and Inverness Angling Club coaches and members.

The day begins with a bacon roll breakfast at the Highland Hospice, following which ladies will form groups of beginners, those with a little experience and ladies who fish regularly. After a break for lunch at the Hospice the afternoon session will start at 2 pm. The day concludes at 4.30 pm when it’s back to the Hospice for tea, coffee and cake. The cost for the day, inclusive of angling permit, tuition and food is £60 per lady. Places for Ladies Day should be booked with Sue Munro by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All proceeds will go to the Highland Hospice.

Saturday, 24 August 2019 08:47

First for Dougie

IAC member Dougie Dyce realised an ambition early today (August 24). Fly fishing the east bank of the Braes with fellow member Ally Henderson, he hooked and landed his first ever salmon - a grilse of five pounds. Congratulations Dougie, and welcome to the successful pursuit of Salmo Salar! 

Another member who was out early today was Michael Grant, who caught and released a four pound grilse on a home-tied orange Francis half inch copper tube before first light. Kevin Macdonald landed a four pounder on the fly from the MacIntyre Pool. Donnie Cameron added to his tally with a four pound cock grilse caught and released on the Little Isle.

 

Delighted: A happy Dougie with his first salmon

Friday, 23 August 2019 19:22

Grilse for Derek

Derek Proctor’s trusted black and orange Devon minnow was on the mark again today (August 23). The Mill Stream was the location and the result was a five pound grilse.

Friday, 23 August 2019 09:43

The Mac delivers again

The Scandinavian Rapala lure is not commonly used on the River Ness but it helped Davie Dyce to increase his score on Thursday (August 22). Fishing the MacIntyre Pool, Davie landed a four pound grilse in the area by Charlie’s Seat, a bench installed in honour of the late Charlie MacKenzie, a long term president of Inverness Angling Club who made this pool his own.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 19:37

Braes brace for Ally

High water brings some pools on the River Ness into action, whereas other pools are more suited to lower water. Whatever the water height, there are always pools that will produce results. That’s what makes the Ness such an attractive, season round option for anglers.

At present, high water makes the Red Braes one of the key places to go. The pool provided a brace for Ally Henderson today - fly-caught fish of four and seven pounds.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:38

Ness downgraded but no change expected

Initial assumptions about the application of proposed conservation gradings for the River Ness in 2020 would appear to have been misplaced. The proposals from Marine Scotland will mean that the entire Ness System will be downgraded to Category 2 as the River Moriston, a Special Area of Conservation, is not expected to reach the threshold required for Category 1.

it is expected, however, that the current conservation agreement governing the River Ness will continue. Unless proposals change as a result of the consultation, the regulations governing the River Ness will be as follows:

February 1 to March 31 - Mandatory catch and release under separate legislation governing all Scotland’s salmon fisheries, to protect spring running salmon.

April 1 to June 30 - Mandatory catch and release under local conservation agreements to protect spring running fish in the Ness System.

July 1 to October 15 - The taking of fish is restricted to a TOTAL of two cock fish of eight pounds or under FROM THE NESS SYSTEM per season (ie not from every beat), and only one in any given week.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:08

Doughty Davie!

Davie Dyce didn’t break any records today with another fish from the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. But he did break yet another rod. The lads at the isle hut are beginning to lose count! Just for the record, the fly-caught fish weighed in at five pounds and was released.

Donnie Urquhart took a swing down to the Weir Pool, a much favoured and successful spot for him. And it was again - a seven pounder taken on a Devon minnow.

Safely released: Nice one from the isle

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:05

My Ness debate

The long awaited special meeting of the City of Inverness Area Committee, called to discuss the merits of the My Ness project, produced some extensive debate in the HQ chambers of Highland Council today (August 20). A web cast of the meeting can be accessed on the council’s web site.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 21:02

Conservation proposals announced

The Scottish Government has published its proposed salmon conservation gradings for 2020. The proposals are now out for consultation with any representations or objections required by September 19. The conservation status of the River Ness remains at Category 1, but will operate at Category 2 until the end of June to protect spring fish migrating to the Special Area of Conservation at the River Moriston. This arrangement continues the practice of the current year. The full proposals are available at www.gov.scot/topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/fishreform/licence/status

Monday, 19 August 2019 16:43

Braes delivers

Davie Dyce was on the mark again today (August 19), this time on the bottom beat of the Red Braes. Fishing a silver Toby, he landed a fresh three pound grilse which was badly scarred. It was released to continue its spawning run.

Sunday, 18 August 2019 21:21

Club needs works volunteers

Weather conditions and rising river levels forced Inverness Angling Club to cancel its last work party arranged to clear bank areas badly affected by over growth of vegetation. A new work party is being arranged for next Sunday (August 25). The club is appealing for volunteers to help ensure easy access to all parts of the club waters. 

This is a matter that concerns, and benefits, all members so sparing an hour or so to share the load is not much to ask. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Mill hut at 10.30. With sufficient volunteers, individual groups can be assigned to tackle all bank areas needing attention. The work will be made much easier by the recent purchase of additional power tools. 

Saturday, 17 August 2019 18:34

First from Provan’s Pool

Two fish have been reported so far from the IAC water on Saturday (August 17). Derek Proctor caught a five pound grilse from the Mill Stream on a black and orange Devon minnow. The first of the season from Provan’s Pool was a fly-caught four pounder by Alan Douglas.

Saturday, 17 August 2019 13:13

International visitors

Inverness Angling Club welcomes visitors from many parts of the world. And this year many of these visitors have converted weekly or daily permits to associate membership, which provides season-long fishing and encourages more frequent visits.

One such member is Paulo Carvalho from Portugal, who took out associate membership while on holiday in the Highlands. And the club and River Ness gave him a warm welcome. Paulo caught a grilse of four pounds from the bottom of the Little Isle Pool yesterday (Friday). The fish was netted by local member Davey Dyce and released. Meanwhile, another overseas visitor on a day ticket, Mathias Viethen, also landed a salmon.

Friday, 16 August 2019 19:05

Stalwart scores

Club stalwart Murray Richardson had a four pound grilse from the Red Braes today (August 16) while James Buchanan landed a nine pounder from the Silver Wells on a Toby. Both fish were released. The Silver Wells was also a good spot the previous evening for committed sea trout angler John Benson, landing a bonnie fish of just under two pounds.

Thursday, 15 August 2019 18:15

Another for Donnie

IAC member Donnie Cameron continued his run of catches today (August 15) with a fly-caught six pound grilse from the MacIntyre, duly released.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:57

Success for two

Two grilse were reported from the IAC fishings of the River Ness today (August 14). Andy Massari had a seven pound cock fish while spinning the Braes Pool. Down on the Little Isle, George Mackenzie landed and released a six pound cock fish caught on a red brass tube fly.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:18

He’s done it again!

The trek upstream from the Mill buildings to the Weir Pool is not the easiest approach to a pool, even for the club’s younger, fitter members. But it doesn’t discourage veteran fisher, octogenarian Melvin Smith. Mel was there again this morning (August 13) to hook, land and release his second fish from the pool this season - a magnificent cock salmon of nine pounds.

The General’s Well Pool is often ignored by anglers but is always worth a cast. That’s where Michael Grant wet a line today and was rewarded with a four pound grilse, duly released. It was attracted by a 1/2 inch Red Francis copper tube.

Monday, 12 August 2019 20:31

Two fish from high water

An early morning visit to one of his favourite spots on the River Ness today (August 12) brought success for Neil Fraser. Fishing the east bank at the tail of the islands he landed and released a grilse of four pounds. Up on the MacIntyre Pool, a Toby took a five pound fish for James Buchanan.

While higher water has encouraged many club members and visitors to get out for a cast, catch activity is well below seasonal expectations. Hopefully, catches will rise as the water level drops back a little and all pools can be fished comfortably.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 18:24

Ness activity continues

Hopes were high for Ness anglers venturing out on the IAC fishings today (Saturday, August 10) after rising water brought a welcome increase in catches the previous day - boosting the average of just one a day to four! And some were lucky.

First off the mark was Ally Henderson with a seven pound fly-caught fish from the east bank of the Braes. Next was Chris Bruce, returning to his catching ways of last season with a four pound fish from the MacIntyre. Derek Proctor paid a successful visit to the Mill Stream, landing a six pound grilse. Down on the Little Isle, Donnie Cameron made it four with a fly-caught grilse of four pounds safely netted by young Gordon Stronach.

Braes boost: A cracker for Ally

Chuffed: Catcher and assistant!

Friday, 09 August 2019 16:27

Bank works cancelled

Heavy rainfall and rising river levels have forced Inverness Angling Club to call off their works party scheduled for Sunday (August 11). Acting president Alex Ellott said: “Apart from the discomfort of working in a wet environment of bushes, trees, fern and grass, our prime concern is for the safety of members. The river is likely to continue to rise over the next 24 to 36 hours, creating risks that don’t normally interfere with bank works.”

Friday, 09 August 2019 16:23

Catches increase

As the River Ness rose, the Red Braes Pool was the choice for Donnie Allan’s early morning cast today (Friday, August 9). And it was a successful outing. Fishing a Toby, Donnie landed a fresh grilse of seven pounds which he had intended to release. But the fish was deeply hooked and was dispatched after 10 minutes trying to revive it. Also on the Braes, David Crerar cusght a lively cock fish on a Snaelda fly.

The higher water also brought success for Davey Dyce, Forsaking his usual fly rod, Davey switched to a Devon minnow and landed two fish from his favoured Silver Wells pool. Weights were estimated at seven and 12 pounds.

Good catch: Grilse from the Braes

Tide fresh: David's Braes fish

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 14:07

Mucky waters

The River Ness rarely colours as the massive waters of Loch Ness usually filters out any muck. But today (August 7) was an exception. Heavy overnight rain and overflowing burns turned the river an almost impenetrable brown, discouraging anglers. Some hardy souls, including visitors who were not going to let conditions stop them having a cast, kept plugging away during the day. Local member John Sutherland was among them, fishing the clearer west bank of the Mill Stream, and was rewarded with a five pound grilse.

Classic: A Ness grilse for John

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 18:53

Maz makes two

Maz Stephen continues to get due reward for the hours he puts in on the club water of the River Ness. Following his recent 21 pounder from the Weir Pool, he landed a nice grilse from the Mill Stream today (August 6). Despite good water, and more anglers out on the water, catches continue to be slow. Hopefully, more fish will arrive soon.

Nice one: Grilse for Maz

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 10:51

Members make bank progress

Bank clearance works will continue around Inverness Angling Club’s fishings on Sunday (August 11). Volunteers are asked to meet at the Mill hut at 10.30 am when new equipment will be available to help make the works quicker and easier. The club has invested in another strimmer and hedge trimmer, added a pole saw to tackle high branches and purchased a range of associated safety equipment.

Meanwhile, local and associate members have begun to make a real difference to the right bank of the MacIntyre Pool - one of the top pools on the river where the growth of trees and hedges has been impeding access. Setting an example were Donnie Allan and Chris Bruce, together with associate members Ian Jennings, from Wolverhampton, and James Emery, from Norfolk.

Apart from Sunday’s works, any member who can contribute an hour or so to clearing banks can pick up the appropriate tools from Mike Campbell (Tel: 01463 751324) who is storing and maintaining the equipment.

Before: Like a jungle

After: Clear banks, proud members

Monday, 05 August 2019 21:30

Fair ends on a high

Anglers’ Corner at the Highland Field Sports Fair enjoyed two very busy days over Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). Run by Inverness Angling Club, the feature was a popular attraction with casting competitions, demonstrations and tuition. 

Fraser Smith won the men’s distance casting event on Saturday but was just pipped at the post for the overall championship by Aiden MacDonald’s effort of the previous day. The senior trout accuracy went to Chris Macleod while Kim Scobie won both the ladies distance and trout accuracy. In the junior events, Arran Gordon took the distance casting while Craig Simpson won the trout accuracy.

Acting president Alex Elliott expressed his appreciation to the club members who gave their time over both days to help run the events. But he added: “We needed more help and were really pressed to manage all the activities over the two days. We were very disappointed by the low turnout of both committee and club members to represent their club at what is a key annual event.”

For pictures, see Gallery

Friday, 02 August 2019 18:29

Competitive first day at Moy fair

A glorious first day at the Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy (August 2) meant those competing in the competitions at Anglers’ Corner enjoyed good conditions for casting. 

In the senior events, Kirsty McGuinness was the winning lady in the salmon distance while Aiden Macdonald was the winning male with a cast of 44 yards. Tracy Stronach and John MacAskill won the trout accuracy competitions.

It was a double double in the junior events with Cheyenne Stronach and Arran Gordon winning both of their respective salmon distance and trout accuracy events.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 17:51

First half catch falls

The official return of catches for the club water of the Ness, for the period from February 1 to July 31, shows a distinct drop over the corresponding period of 2018. Fourteen salmon and grilse were caught compared with 26 last year. These included (with the corresponding figures for last year in brackets) 7 salmon (14) released, 4 grilse (10) released, 1 salmon (0) retained and 2 (2) grilse retained. Running totals were 11 (24) salmon/grilse released and 3 (2) salmon/grilse retained, giving a release rate of 79 per cent (93 per cent).

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:18

Good day for two

The last day of July was a very good day for two members of Inverness Angling Club with the Weir Pool producing fish for both. Archie Campbell, fishing a Sheila salmon fly, landed and released a hen grilse of five pounds. Dan Cowan, using a Graham Mackenzie Silver Stoat, had a good battle with a 12 pound fish, also landed and released. Dan reported that the fish had the unwelcome red vent condition.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:15

Bank works appeal

Inverness Angling Club is putting together another work party to clear banks above the Ness Islands. While a previous group made a very good start, and member Chris Bruce has made a significant personal contribution, there is still much to be done to ensure that all the pools are accessible and any hindrances to casting are cleared. 

Volunteers are asked to gather at the Mill hut at 10.30 am on Sunday, August 11. Many of the older members of the club have made a huge contribution to bank clearance over the years so a special appeal goes out to younger members to come along and help.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 21:35

Associates get great value

Anglers don’t need to live locally to become members of Inverness Angling Club. Associate membership is available to any angler and charged at the same fee as that paid by locals. Recent catches by associates underline the value of the permit, to the individual and the club. The latest catch was by Dornoch-based associate Des Gallagher who landed a cock grilse of some five pounds at the Little Isle Pool today (July 30). The fish was caught oh a gold and green Toby.

Catch of the day: A fine grilse for Des

Monday, 29 July 2019 21:35

Help wanted

Inverness Angling Club is seeking volunteers on Wednesday evening (July 31) to help prepare Anglers’ Corner for this weekend’s Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours should gather at the site of Anglers’ Corner for 6.30 pm. Your help will ensure a key event in the club’s calendar goes well.

Monday, 29 July 2019 08:11

Early start for Mel

There may not be many, but catches keep coming on the club water of the River Ness. Associate member John Cameron of Dumfries, who is working locally, got his second on Saturday (July 27) - on fly from the Little Isle.

Veteran fisher and local club member Melvin Smith was up with the lark on Monday morning (July 29) to land and release a five pound grilse from the Weir Pool. The successful fly was a Willie Gunn.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 19:14

Enjoy the fun of the fair

All outdoor sports enthusiasts, and folk just looking for a good day out, will be very welcome at the annual Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall this Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). An especially warm welcome awaits you by the loch side at Anglers’ Corner, run by the members and coaches of Inverness Angling Club. Once you’ve shopped, drop in to see us. Trout and salmon casting tuition will help you develop your skills while competition in trout accuracy and salmon distance casting will get you involved and entertained. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 18:46

Visitor enjoys warm welcome

Preston angler Richard Owen visited the club water of the River Ness on Friday (July 26) - and was impressed by the experience. Booking through FishPal, he described value for money as “exceptional”, adding: “Fabulous water, ran high and clear, long casts needed. Am told the water is always clear no matter how high it runs as any sediment settles out in Loch Ness. Good long pools.”

Richard reported that he had good advice from friendly and very welcoming club members. While no salmon were caught or seen, he enjoyed the day’s fishing. He promised: “I will be back!” We look forward to that, Richard.

Saturday, 27 July 2019 08:35

Isle delivers for Donnie

The Little Isle produced its first fish for a while as local club member Donnie Cameron landed and released a fly-caught five pound salmon on Friday (July 26). As a few more anglers get out on the river, and grilse numbers increase, catches should rise.

Friday, 26 July 2019 13:17

Ness experience

John Macaloney is heading home to Cumbernauld from a visit to Inverness Angling Club’s water with what he describes as “wonderful memories of a day fishing on the Ness.” A grilse of four pounds fell to John’s Devon minnow on the MacIntyre Pool on Thursday evening (July 25) - his first ever salmon, duly released. Well done John. Haste ye back!

Monday, 22 July 2019 06:50

Mike makes his mark

Mike Campbell made a flying start to his season on the Inverness Angling Club water of the River Ness today (July 22). Fishing the left bank of the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a magnificent 11 lb salmon on the fly.

Friday, 19 July 2019 19:02

Grilse for new member

With rivers to the north of Inverness reporting the arrival of shoals of grilse, it may not be long before Ness grilse return to the pools and runs of their native river system. A few are already being seen breaking the surface of the club water and in the fascinating pictures produced by the underwater cameras of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. 

One of these early grilse fell to the rod of new associate member John Cameron of Dumfries. John took out his permit just last week to enjoy casting a line in his time off from working in a busy local restaurant. Today (July 19), making an early morning visit to the Mill Stream, he struck it lucky with a 4.5 lb grilse. The fish was attracted by a size 10 Willie Gunn. Welcome to the club John!

Monday, 15 July 2019 13:08

Lost and found!

Anglers have picked up a shoulder bag left by a visitor to the Little Isle, adjacent to the Bught Park, over the week-end. They might like to know that it is has now been delivered to lost property in Police Scotland Area Command in Burnett Road, in the Longman Industrial Estate (the road opposite the fire station). 

Friday, 12 July 2019 11:06

Maz masters feisty fish

Club member Maz Stephen has spent more hours than most on the Weir Pool this season seeking his first ever salmon and that special springer, but without success. His reward came today (July 12) with a fly-caught fish of a lifettime - a really feisty specimen which was hooked in the Weir Pool but took Maz all the way down to the Mill Stream before he could land it. The fish was independently measured and estimated at 21lbs, probably the best fish landed from the club water this season. It's certainly one that Maz will remember for a long time.

Memorable: A 21 pounder for Maz

Thursday, 11 July 2019 21:52

Let’s stamp out poaching

The first reports of salmon catches on Inverness Angling Club’s water often result in unscrupulous, so-called ‘anglers’ taking advantage of the benefits of our river without paying the small daily or annual charge that enables us to maintain the fishery. The first report of alleged poaching, apart from illegal activities in the estuary, have come in from the Weir Pool. 

Members are asked to approach any anglers they don’t recognise, engage them in conversation and ask if they have permits, showing your permit. If they are unable or unwilling to produce a permit, advise them to leave and report the incident to the bailiff of Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. His telephone number is listed on the back page of the club permit. 

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 17:46

Ness produces second big one

It was a lucky visit to the River Ness today (July 9) for James Buchanan, a Kirkintilloch based member of Inverness Angling Club.  Fishing the Silver Wells Pool with a spinner, James landed a magnificent 18lb salmon - the second fish of this weight in as many days.

Monday, 08 July 2019 21:18

Great fish for Willie

If any encouragement was needed to pick up the rod and line, attach a favourite fly or lure and get down to the River Ness it came today with the landing of a magnificent salmon from the Weir Pool. Club member Willie Broadley, casting his successful Devon minnow, hooked and landed an estimated 18lb fresh run salmon. The run anglers have looked forward to may have arrived….!

Cracker: 18lbs of fresh fighting salmon for Willie

Monday, 08 July 2019 18:12

My Ness construction delayed

Construction work on three projects by the River Ness has been delayed, according to reports. They include the My Ness project at the Little Isle, approved late last year under delegated powers; a children’s water feature in the Ness Islands; and a viewing platform on Bank Street. 

The projects have been the subject of continuing controversy, largely as a result of the way in which the My Ness project was approved. Councillors will get the opportunity to discuss the My Ness artwork at a requisitioned committee meeting on August 20.

Friday, 05 July 2019 18:18

Result for Walter

A classic salmon fly, invented by a member of Inverness Angling Club, attracted a four pound grilse for Walter MacKay at the Weir Pool of the River Ness today (July 5). The Hairy Mary, one of the first hair wing salmon patterns, was created by the late John Reidpath. Over the years it has brought results for salmon anglers around the world.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 22:01

Casting clinics close

Inverness Angling Club’s series of Casting Clinics closed on Wednesday evening (July 3) with another strong attendance of novice and intermediate casters, and club coaches and instructors. Junior and senior participants have made considerable progress in trout and salmon casting techniques over the series, thanks to the donation of outfits by Loop and a significant investment of time by instructors, including world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie and instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle.

Building: IAC's Casting Clinics grow membership

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 21:35

Here we go….?

At last - the IAC water produced its first salmon of the season today (July 3). Davey Dyce migrated from his favoured residence at the MacInyre Pool to land a fresh-run eight pounder from the Little Isle Pool. Hopefully, his catch heralds the arrival of the Ness summer run and will be the first of many - for Davey and other club members and visitors.

Monday, 01 July 2019 16:25

Clinics close this week

The final Casting Clinic of the club series will be held at the Little Isle Pool this Wednesday evening (July 3) from 7 to 9 pm. This extension replaces the clinic cancelled earlier in June because of poor weather. All club coaches are asked to attend as indications from the last week’s class are that the final one will be well attended. Everyone is welcome - beginners who need an introduction to casting for trout and salmon and experienced anglers keen to iron out any problems with their casting.

Monday, 01 July 2019 15:30

Beautiful banks?

Club members were out over the weekend to trim the banks of the Ness, not just to give anglers easy access to the pools but to continue to meet conditions imposed by the club’s lease of the Ness fishings from Inverness Common Good Fund. 

While the club is responsible for the banks above the Ness Islands, the lease places similar obligations on The Highland Council to maintain the banks from the top of the islands downstream - often referred to by councillors and officials as the “Pearls in the City’s Crown”. 

Anglers and other local folk might have become used to the untidy state of the river banks, but one wonders what the many thousands of visitors think about the city with one of the most envied riverside locations in Britain!

Club care: Banks trimmed at the Mill Stream east (above) and west (below)

 

Untidy: Above and below - The Little Isle, 'gathering place' for anglers and visitors

Monday, 01 July 2019 15:01

Fence gate impedes access

A fence installed alongside the path between the MacIntyre Pool and the Whin Island play park is causing further problems for Ness anglers. The initial installation blocked access to the river, apparently to alleviate concerns about the health and safety of children using the play park. 

Following representations by Inverness Angling Club, a gate was installed to give anglers access to the area of the MacIntyre hut. But it appears that the gate, installed to open to the right, crosses over the path to the hut and continues to impede access by anglers who use bikes to get to the pool.

Restricting: The MacIntyre gate

Thursday, 27 June 2019 17:23

Mill park re-opens

Members and visitors will now be able to park in the anglers’ car park by the Mill Stream as the hole in the surface has been covered by a steel plate. As the tourist season gets into full swing, the Holm Mills Shopping Village car park gets very busy with cars and coaches. Consequently, anglers are asked to use the riverside car park, access to which is kindly permitted by Mill management.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 20:57

Calling all coaches!

It was a busy night at the club Casting Clinic this evening (Wednesday, June 26) as adults and juniors, fellow anglers and parents developed their Speycasting and trout rod skills.  And it is expected to be just as busy at the final class next Wednesday (July 3). As a few of the regular coaches will not be available, the club is calling on all their trained coaches to attend to ensure adequate instruction for all.

Trout casting: Davy Dyce passes on his skills

Application: Anglers develop their Speycasting skills

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 18:23

Volunteers needed

The club is still looking for volunteers to assist with bank clearing works this coming Sunday (June 30). The work party will meet at the Mill hut at 10 am. If you can help, please advise membership secretary John Ralph on 07702 889841. Please remember that the anglers’ car park there is still closed off as surface repairs have yet to be completed.

Monday, 24 June 2019 13:11

Good weather for training

Fingers crossed, but it looks as though the weather will improve in time for the club’s Casting Clinic from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday (June 26). The forecast is for sunshine, temperature around 18 degrees and a gentle breeze from the north-west.

World Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie will be at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness to help anglers develop casting skills with big salmon rods while trout casting will be taught on the grass of the adjacent Bught Park. He will be supported by instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle, and qualified club coaches.

As ever, all are welcome to attend. Bring your own tackle if you can but club equipment, specially donated by Loop, will be available. The final clinic will be held on Wednesday, July 3.

Champion: Scott passes on casting tips

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 12:17

Scottish Government issues advice for anglers finding diseased salmon

Over the last few weeks there have been numerous reports of disease in wild adult salmon populations. These reports have been widespread ranging from Scotland to Scandinavia. The common factor is death through aquatic fungal infection (Saprolegnia), an infection which displays along the underside of the fish. There is evidence from northern Scottish rivers that the fungal infection is preceded by what looks like a rash on the underside of the fish with associated haemorrhaging. See photos.

 

At the moment the condition is not thought to be a transferable disease and the disinfection of gear, tackle, waders etc after fishing on other rivers is not yet required, unless direct contact is made with fish displaying signs of fungus.

However, you are probably aware that some river systems have erred on safety first and require anglers to disinfect prior to fishing.

Thankfully no affected fish have so far been reported on the Ness system.

For ease of reference the following has been copied from the Scottish Government website:

Reporting Skin Damage in Wild Atlantic Salmon (17 June 2019)

Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) has been responding to reports of wild adult salmon displaying skin damage such as reddening (petechial haemorrhaging) around the fins and belly (ventral surface), inflamed (swollen/red) vent and associated fungal infection

Further information will be provided when the laboratory results are available from fish sampled across a number of Scottish rivers.

In the meantime, observations of adult salmon demonstrating clinical signs of infection or damage should be notified to the local District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) and the FHI by the folowing means:

Ness District Salmon Fishery Board Telephone: 07944617202 or 07789006078

FHS  Telephone: 0131 244 3498. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Considerations are:

    • Moribund or lethargic fish should be targeted where sampling is considered appropriate;

    • There is no requirement at this stage to remove fish with damage for disease control purposes;

    • Wild adult Atlantic salmon returning to rivers to spawn can naturally present with some physical damage due to a number of environmental factors;

    • FHI sampling will be prioritised on moribund fish that can be maintained alive (in keep nets or suitably bio-secure tank facilities);

    • Moribund fish that cannot be maintained alive should have details recorded and photographs taken, where possible, before being returned to rivers. Details should be sent to local DSFBs and FHI;

    • If local wild fishery interests determine that moribund fish are not to be returned to the river, they should be percussion stunned or suitably dispatched and maintained in a refrigerator at 4°C, until a determination on sampling is undertaken;

    • Good biosecurity practice should be followed when handling affected fish with hands, clothing and equipment being suitably cleaned and disinfected, where appropriate.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 19:51

Bank works begin

As anglers anticipate the arrival of the main runs of River Ness salmon, volunteers are needed for clearing the banks of the club water to ensure comfortable access and casting. A start will be made on the right bank on Sunday, June 30, when a work party will convene at the Mill hut at 10 am. Many hands make light work - so let’s have a good turnout.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:37

Casting clinic cancelled

Rain and a cold, upstream wind put paid to Inverness Angling Club’s Casting Clinic at the Little Isle Pool tonight (June 12). Club officials decided that, rather than press on with a class in miserable weather conditions, the series would be lengthened into July. The remaining clinics will now be held from 7 to 9 pm on June 19 and 26, and July 3.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 09:29

IAC Casting Clinics continue

Tonight (Wednesday, June 12) sees the second in Inverness Angling Club’s annual series of Casting Clinics. All are welcome at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness, and the adjacent Bught Park, where the skills of Speycasting and trout casting can be taught or improved by experienced instructors and coaches.

Leading instruction, from 7 to 9 pm, will be three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, instructors Dave Mateer and Frank Durdle and club coaches. If you own a fishing rod please bring it along, If not, the club can provide salmon and trout outfits kindly donated by international tackle company, Loop. The series will continue each Wednesday in June.

Attentive: Taking tips from top Speycaster

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 14:02

Waders needed to access Ruthven boat

Recent heavy rain has pushed up water levels on lochs and rivers in areas around Inverness. One such loch is Loch Ruthven where access to the IAC boat requires more than a pair of wellies! Club members planing to fish the loch should take thigh waders with them until the water level drops.

Following the recent purchase of a new boat for Loch Ruthven, the club is offering for sale a boat trailer that is no longer required. The price is £150 or near offer. Interested parties should contact club treasurer Gordon Smith on 01463 238197.

Bargain: Trailer for sale

Sunday, 09 June 2019 13:04

Odd year suggests arrival of pinks

Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) have issued fresh advice to anglers and fishery boards about dealing with Pacific pink salmon which could arrive in Scotland’s rivers this year. It follows the capture of unprecedented numbers of pinks across the UK in 2017.

Originally introduced to some Russian rivers in the 1960s, pinks have now colonised some northern Norwegian rivers. It is from these rivers that the 2017 arrivals are thought to have ‘strayed’. They spawn earlier than Atlantic salmon, have a two-year cycle and derive from distinct odd or even year stocks. Those that arrived in the UK in 2017 were from odd year stocks, so it is possible that they will occur again during 2019.

While the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it an offence to fish for and retain pink salmon, FMS advise that anglers catching pink salmon should humanely dispatch and retain the fish, and immediately contact the local fishery board who will arrange collection. IAC membership cards list a contact for the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. Information required is the date, place and method of capture, and the sex of the fish. Any sightings of unusual spawning activity in August and September should also be reported. 

Fresh from the sea, pinks are steel blue with blue-green on their backs, silver on the flanks and white on their bellies. There are large spots on the backs, upper flanks, adipose fin and tail. The fish are uniform in size, reaching only 40 to 60cms in length and have a white mouth with black gums. In the spawning phase, males develop a pronounced humped back.

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 21:23

Casting training begins

IAC’s annual series of Casting Clinics launched at the Little Isle Pool and the Bught Park on Wednesday (June 5). While wet weather may have discouraged a few folk from turning out, several adults and juniors took advantage of top tips from world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, who leads the successful international tackle company Mackenzie Flyfishing, and instructor David Mateer.

The clinics, which will run from 7 to 9 pm each Wednesday in June, are open to all. They provide an excellent opportunity to develop skills in casting for trout and salmon, especially for those interested in taking up angling for the first time. All tackle can be supplied, thanks to a donation of equipment by tackle manufacturers Loop.

Top tips: Scott explains Speycasting technique

Developing: Casters apply new skills

One to one: Dave Mateer passes on his experience

Starting young: Junior members build their trout casting skills

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 13:06

Anglers asked to report diseased fish

Reports of diseased salmon are coming in from Norway, Ireland and Scotland. The symptoms, in small numbers of fish so far, are bleeding and/or ulceration on the underside of the fish, from head to tail. The cause of the trauma is unknown at  the moment.

Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) are liaising closely with Marine Scotland and samples have now been taken by the Fish Health Inspectorate. FMS advise that if anglers land one of these fish, they should follow normal biosecurity protocols and disinfect their fishing tackle, landing net, waders and fishing jacket.

Anglers catching any fish showing the symptoms described should contact Chris Conroy, CEO of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, at the earliest opportunity. Says Chris: “In the first instance, please take photos of the affected fish. If it seems that we have a developing problem on the Ness system, then we will issue keep nets allowing the fish to be retained alive. NDSFB will co-ordinate any communication with the fish health inspectorate.” Contacts for Chris are: Mobile 07944 617202. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mystery: A diseased fish caught in Norway

Tuesday, 04 June 2019 13:27

Casting Clinics shape skills

Inverness Angling Club is committed to helping anyone interested in salmon and trout fishing to build the skills that will help them enjoy a fascinating sport. And this month presents an ideal opportunity for all age groups, experienced or inexperienced, to benefit from the club’s annual Casting Clinics.

Never picked up a fishing rod in your life? No problem - our Casting Clinics can help you to become a proficient caster. Experienced angler but having problems with your casting? No problem - our Casting Clinics can help you iron out any difficulties.

Best of all It’s completely free - club member or not. And tuition comes from top casters, like three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, instructors Frank Durdle and David Mateer, and the club’s qualified coaches.

Take this chance to develop your skills. The clinics will run from 7 to 9 pm every Wednesday in June - the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th - at the Little Isle Pool and on the adjacent Bught Park. You can bring your own tackle or use our top class equipment kindly provided by international tackle company, Loop. Graham MacKenzie has kindly donated a Hardy's game bag for raffling in aid of junior member development.

Saturday, 01 June 2019 17:10

Mill car park closed

Anglers are advised that vehicular access to the angler’s car park at the Mill Stream is closed following the appearance of another hole in the surface. An additonal steel plate has been ordered to strengthen and cover the weakness. Watch this page for ujpdates. Meantime, anglers can use the main Mill car park.

Danger: Hole causes closure of angler's car park at Mill Stream until further notice

Saturday, 25 May 2019 20:11

Trout league makes it ten

Saturday (May 25) saw the completion of the tenth anniversary Inverness Angling Club Winter Trout League at Achagour Fishery. Trout were ultimately plentiful, if slow to take early on, and most anglers finished the day with creditable bags. The Mackintosh family were again genial and generous hosts, laying on a enjoyable lunch. Results were:

Senior winner - Alex Elliott with a bag weight of 44lb 2oz over the eight month league. Prize - Snowbee Spectre fly rod, Snowbee line and IAC trophy. Senior runner-up - Angus MacKinnon, overall bag weight 33lb 1oz. Prize - Snowbee chest pack, Snowbee sun glasses and Snowbee hat. Senior third - Ian Woolley, bag weight 31lb 1oz. Prize - Snowbee line and hat.

Heaviest fish - Alan Scott, 3lb 7oz. Prize - IAC Trophy and £50 voucher from Bellfield Enterprises. Heaviest final day bag - Eric Craig,  9lb 6oz. Prize - £50 voucher from Bellfield Enterprises.

Junior champion - Cheyenne Stronach, bag of 5lb 14oz. Prize - Achagour fishing voucher and day permit for Ness-Side. Junior second - Gordon Stronach, bag of 2lb 6oz. Prize - Achagour fishing voucher and day permit for Ness-Side.

Fine fishers: Winter league competitors in the 2018/2019 final celebrate with host Stewart Mackintosh

(See the Gallery for more pictures)

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:21

Doesn’t time fly!

It seems no time at all since club anglers were enjoying themselves at a successful final of the 2018 Trout League. But it’s here again. The 2019 final, open to anglers who signed up for the league from last October, will be staged at Achagour Trout Fishery this coming Saturday (May 25). Once again there will be a range of valuable prizes donated by international tackle company Snowbee, local tackle dealers Grahams, Bellfield Enterprises and Achagour Fishery. 

Registration is at 09.00 with fishing starting at 09.30. Entry for the four-fish event is £25, with a £2 discount for pensioners. Once again, Achagour Fishery and the Mackintosh family will host their usual splendid lunch. A raffle will be run on the day in support of junior angler training and other good causes.

 

Fun fish-off: Happy faces at the 2018 final

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:12

Trailer for sale

Inverness Angling Club is offering for sale a boat trailer which has become surplus to requirements following the purchase of a new boat for Loch Ruthven. The price is £150 or near offer. Interested parties should contact club treasurer Gordon Smith on 01463 238197.

 

A sound bargain: Good wheels for your boat 

Thursday, 16 May 2019 09:08

Poachers caught as bailiffs and police patrol club water

Fishery board bailiffs apprehended two individuals fishing the Red Braes without tickets last night (Wednesday, May 15). Three others were at the General’s Well yesterday and several have been removed from the lower tidal stretch of the river over the last two weeks. It seems they have been targeting kelt sea trout.

Apart from the bailiffs, police have been patrolling the river asking anglers for their permits. Patrols continue so it is a timely reminder that anglers must carry their permits with them at all times. (See Rule 2.2 of the Rules Regulating the River Ness Fishings). It’s been noticed that some anglers, rather than carrying their printed permits, are carrying pictures of them on their mobile phones. Actual permits are required at all times.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:13

Improved mooring for Ruthven boat

IAC has upgraded the mooring arrangement for its boat on Loch Ruthven. It employs a floating system which avoids the need to haul the boat off and on the beach. In normal water levels, wellies are sufficient to wade to the boat and unlock the mooring line. The same key opens the padlock on the oars. Users are asked to return the boat to its mooring after use and ensure that all are securely locked. 

The boat should be booked through Grahams Tackle Shop where the key to the padlocks can be collected. Club members can use the boat free of charge. When not booked by members Grahams will hire out the boat to visitors, giving the club some valuable extra income.

Wellies should do: Alex Elliott with the club's Ruthven boat

Monday, 13 May 2019 14:23

Walk a mile from Little Isle

Club anglers are advised that the Little Isle area will be busy on the morning of Saturday, May 25. Birchwood Highland are organising a ‘Walk a Mile’ parade down the riverside, starting at the Fishermen’s Car Park by the Little Isle Pool at 11 am and ending in the City Centre. A registration desk will be set up in a small gazebo on the flat grass area adjacent to the car park from 10 am to around 11.30.

Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:40

A timely tip

This is the time of year when spawned fish are making their way back to the sea where a rich diet will quickly restore their health and strength. While most anglers will immediately think of salmon kelts, spawned sea trout are also making their way downstream. Sadly, too many of these are killed by anglers who don’t realise what they have caught. 

The picture below shows an apparently healthy sea trout caught and released on the Mill Stream. But experienced anglers will immediately see that it is a kelt from its very slim appearance, particularly the lack of any belly. Please don’t kill such fish. Back at sea they will quickly put on weight and return to the river as a fully fit, fighting fish.

Slim fish: Clearly, a kelt sea trout - all such fish should be released

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 18:49

Electrifying students

Electro fishing will take place on the Mill Lade this Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10. Chris Daphne, biologist with the Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust, will be supervising students as part of their course. As the activity will not be taking place on the main river, it should not disturb anglers in the area.

Monday, 06 May 2019 15:35

Trouting success

The club waters may be awaiting their first Springer of the year but trout are delivering some sport on the Weir Pool. Brian King was on the spot today (May 5) to play several well conditioned brownies while another two anglers cast for salmon.

Good fish: Brian with one of his Weir Pool brownies

Monday, 06 May 2019 14:54

Boat launched on Ruthven

Inverness Angling Club is now all shipshape with a new boat on the waters of the Loch Ruthven trout loch. The boat, launched today (Monday, May 6) at the club berth at the lower end of the loch near the RSPB car park, is available for use by club members and visitors. 

Trout anglers are asked to use the boat responsibly and ensure that it is replaced ‘as found’ and securely tied. A more permanent berthing arrangement will be installed soon. Users must book the boat through Grahams Tackle Shop and collect keys for the padlock to the oars. Club members can use the boat free of charge. When not booked by members Grahams will hire out the boat to visitors, giving the club some valuable extra income. 

 

It floats!: (Left to right) Walter Mackay, John Ralph and Alex Elliott launch the club's new boat on Ruthven

Friday, 03 May 2019 16:20

Club secures replacement boat

IAC acting president Alex Elliott has confirmed that a replacement club boat will be available on the Loch Ruthven trout fishery in the very near future. The boat, a 15ft clinker-style GRP Fulmar, was collected from Errol in Perth and Kinross today (Friday, May 3) by committee members John Ralph and Bill Byers.

Alex reported: “We secured a really good deal on a boat which is in tip-top condition and includes an excellent trailer. I’m really pleased that we will be able to continue to provide access to fishing on this famous trout loch.” 

He added: “The provision of fishing on the rivers and lochs in our area is a key objective of the club, specified in the first lines of our constitution. We have one or two jobs to do on the boat and its moorings but it should be available soon. Watch this space!”

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 08:19

Ready for a riverside ramble?

A reminder that willing club members should set aside a couple of hours this Sunday for a ramble on the banks of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings. Volunteers are needed to note and notify works needed to keep the banks shipshape for members and visitors - like grass and branch cutting, fixing bank and path erosion, removing litter and any repairs to seats, steps, handrails and rod rests. Once needs are identified, groups will be organised to carry out necessary works. Volunteers should meet at the Little Isle hut by 10 am this Sunday (May 5). Please advise planned attendance by e-mail to membership secretary John Ralph. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 26 April 2019 20:54

Calling all volunteers

Inverness Angling Club is calling for help to assess what works are needed on the river banks ahead of the busiest, hopefully successful, part of the salmon angling season. 

Volunteers are asked to gather at the Little Isle hut on Sunday, May 5, at 10 am. From there teams will walk both banks of the river to identify and list what needs to be done to ensure safe and satisfying access to all parts of the club water. Work parties will be organised in subsequent weeks. Volunteers should confirm their attendance by e-mail to membership secretary John Ralph - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:23

Government requires data on fishing effort

Scottish Government regulations will require all salmon anglers and fisheries to record fishing effort along with their annual catch returns submitted at the end of the 2019 season. Marine Scotland state that data on fishing effort will form a key part of the assessments which determine the conservation status of rivers under the Salmon Conservation Regulations.

Alex Elliott, acting president of Inverness Angling Club, emphasised: “It may seem like a further imposition on anglers and fisheries, but such returns are a legal requirement and apply to all categories of club membership, including juniors. As a club and as individuals, we cannot ignore this. Failure to submit the necessary information is an offence. All of us will need to keep a record of our fishing days so that we can make an accurate return, along with our catch returns, at the end of the season.”

Fishing effort should be recorded as ‘rod days’ - irrespective of the time spent fishing or the method used. For example, fishing for salmon for two hours on any day, whether or not fish are caught, should be recorded as a rod day. For further information see Frequently Asked Questions - https://www2.gov.scot/Resource/0054/00545201.pdf

Monday, 22 April 2019 20:09

‘Open Ness’ not for us, says club

Inverness Angling Club is not involved with, or a supporter of, the so-called Open Ness campaign relating to the ‘Gathering Place’ proposals for the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. The clarification came today (Monday, April 22) from the club’s acting president, Alex Elliott, following a meeting called by Open Ness at the anglers’ hut by the Little Isle Pool.

“This meeting, and its location, seemed to imply that the club supported the Open Ness campaign,” said Alex. “This is simply not the case. Our sole concern is the future of the anglers’ hut, a facility that members and visitors have enjoyed, in one form or another, for the best part of 100 years.”

“We  continue to have constructive discussions with The Highland Council concerning the future of our hut. We mean to ensure that this much valued facility continues to serve anglers from far and wide for many years to come.”

Saturday, 20 April 2019 17:38

Calling all coaches!

Inverness Angling Club coaches are reminded that the annual series of Casting Clinics take place every Wednesday night in June - the 5th. 12th, 19th and 26th. They will be joined by three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, who will be giving his top tips, and instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle.

The clinics have a long history of helping novices to master a variety of casting techniques for salmon and trout fishing. Traditional single and double Speycasts are joined by the recent developments like the Snake Roll and Snap-T. Special efforts are made to encourage young people to attend the clinics where they can learn casting basics. These begin with trout fly casting on the grass of the Bught Park and, once the students have shown commitment and improving skills, a chance to try Speycasting with salmon rods on the river. Any adults experiencing difficulty with their casting can also benefit from instructors' advice.

Everyone, including non-members and visitors, is welcome to the clinics. Bring your own tackle if you wish but salmon and trout rods are available for use, thanks to the kindness of international tackle manufacturers Loop.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 20:26

Ruthven boat withdrawn

Members are advised that the club boat on Loch Ruthven is currently unavailable. A detailed examination has shown it to be in a dangerous condition and probably beyond repair. The club committee will be considering what steps they can take towards continuing to offer trout fishing on this famous trout loch. 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:09

Praise from FishPal visitors

Visitors to Inverness Angling Club’s fishings continue to praise the river and its anglers. Tom Berry and a friend enjoyed a day on the town fishings on March 20 although they returned home to Clackmananshire without making contact with a fish on fly or Flying C.

They were the latest in the growing number of visitors using the FishPal booking system. Describing their day they rated the club water as very good value for money and described the upkeep of the fishery and huts as exceptional. Tom reported: “We met some local anglers at the fishing huts (and) they were very friendly and helpful.” 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:33

Helmsdale pulls exchange permits

Local and visitjng anglers are advised that the exchange permits for the River Helmsdale association or town water are no longer available. The permits were the most popular exchange tickets held by Inverness Angling Club. Anglers who made the trip to the river, and enjoyed the fishing and craic with locals, will be disappointed that it has been withdrawn. Nevertheless, the club sends its best wishes to friends on the river for a productive season.

Friday, 22 March 2019 21:16

Club president resigns

Graham MacKenzie has resigned as president of Inverness Angling Club, a position he has held since 2016. He explained that he could no longer accept the time commitment required to manage the club, or cope with a small but vociferous negative and unsupportive element within the club.

Graham said: “I wish the club well in tackling continuing issues of membership development and conserving the salmon stocks that make the River Ness such a key angling destination, recently voted among the top ten in the UK. I really hope the club find someone who can dedicate the many, many hours that are required to run this club these days - someone who has the love, the commitment and crucially the support to promote the club profile which, in turn, will give financial security and low cost fishing for all.”

Vice president Alex Elliott will take on the role of acting president until the club’s annual general meeting in November. Thanking Graham for his long term commitment to the club, he said: “Graham has done so much for the club over so many years, often with little credit for the hours he has invested in club business. We understand the reasons for his resignation but we are very sad to see him go. This club owes him a very substantial debt.”

Graham has volunteered to continue dealing with catch returns this season as his contact details are included in 2019 permits.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:57

Renew soon - or pay the price!

Fishing on the productive salmon, sea trout and brown trout Ness waters of Inverness Angling Club offers great value at £150 for a full season. But anglers who have not yet renewed their membership should do so soon. An extra £20 is payable after March 31. Renewals can be made at Grahams of Inverness on Castle Street. Please take your 2018 permit with you. New members can download application forms by clicking Permits on the Home page of this web site. Associate members can renew their permits by contacting membership secretary John Ralph. Mob: 07702 889841. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 14:50

Anglers mourn loss of club stalwart

The funeral service for Jackie Fraser, passionate angler and IAC stalwart, will be held in Inverness Crematorium on Friday, March 22, at 2pm. Jackie died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a period of ill health.

 A time served joiner, Jackie became a clerk of works with British Rail following national service. He then served with the Department of Agriculture before joining the Forestry Commission where he spent the rest of his working life.

The skills he developed in these positions enabled him to become a much respected committee member of IAC. He was appointed secretary and treasurer in the mid-1960s, rescuing the club from severe financial problems and managing it effectively when adult, pensioner and junior membership was at an all time high of over 700. He was a determined but diplomatic manager and negotiator, always with the club’s interests at heart. He and president the late Charlie MacKenzie made a formidable team.

Paying tribute to Jackie, club president Graham MacKenzie said: “Jackie was secretary when I first joined the committee at the age of 18. His guidance on administrative and management matters have been an enormous help to me during my spells as president.

“Members recognised the huge contribution Jackie made to the club by appointing him honorary president on his retirement as secretary. It was a role he enjoyed immensely. Even when in failing health, he made regular visits to the Little Isle hut for a chat with club members and attended opening day ceremonies and close of season barbecues. He will be greatly missed. On behalf of all our members, I extend our sincere sympathies to his family.”

Jackie is survived by his wife Chris, together with his sister Pearl, son Eric, daughter Lynette, and their families, including five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Thursday, 14 March 2019 21:43

‘Gathering Place’ discussions see fears recede

Following productive and amicable talks with Highland Council representatives on Tuesday (March 12), Inverness Angling Club officials are satisfied with an agreement in principle for the replacement of the anglers’ hut at the Little Isle Pool.

Council officers, along with club president Graham MacKenzie and secretary Steve Black, discussed several options with a view to integrating the ‘My Ness’ artwork with the anglers’ hut which, in various forms, has been in its present location for almost 100 years. 

The River Ness Public Art Project, which has received planning permission, is to be built on the banks of the River Ness adjacent to the Little Isle Pool and the Fisherman’s car park. Construction would have required the hut to be demolished.

Graham explained: “Many local and visiting anglers were dismayed with the prospect that their popular ‘gathering place’ may have had to be demolished. While nothing is, as yet, set in stone, constructive discussions have seen these fears recede. A further meeting is scheduled for March 28 to finalise plans and identify costs and associated funding.”

The Little Isle: Looking towards the main site of the proposed 'My Ness Gathering Place"

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 22:11

IAC loses honorary president

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Jack Fraser, honorary president of Inverness Angling Club and former long serving secretary. Jack, who would have celebrated his 86th birthday in May, was a stalwart of the club and an ardent angler. Despite failing health, he continued to take a great interest in club events, attending season opening ceremonies and the close of season BBQ. He died in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, March 13) in Culduthel Care Home where he had spent the last two months with his wife, Chris. While honorary membership of the club is free, Jackie made an annual donation to club funds in lieu of the pensioners membership fee. 

Prize winner: Jack at the club's 2018 BBQ with daughter Lynette, presenting a donation

to club president Graham MacKenzie and receiving a raffle prize

Fine fisher: Jack having a cast on the Little Isle Pool

Friday, 01 March 2019 18:06

A ‘gathering place’ surprise

As part of the controversial ‘My Ness’ art project, The Highland Council proposed demolishing and rebuilding the anglers’ hut at the Little Isle, a popular pool for salmon anglers. The hut is close to the planned wall of the ‘My Ness Gathering Place’ and could impede construction of the project. 

Original discussions between Inverness Angling Club and council officials had indicated that the council would bear the cost of demolishing the hut and rebuilding it on a site just metres from the existing building. The club was surprised and horrified when officials brought forward plans for a hut costing £53,000. Outline plans drawn up by the club confirmed that the hut could be rebuilt for around £7,000 using club volunteers with the necessary skills.

The hut has been in its present position, in various forms, for some 100 years. It is heavily used by anglers, including visitors from far and wide who make a significant contribution to the city’s tourism earnings. Club officials are continuing talks with the council in the hope that more realistic plans can be concluded for the hut’s replacement.

Concerned: Angling club members wonder where they go from here

Thursday, 28 February 2019 11:41

Tyers show their skills

Fly tying instruction finished with a flourish on Wednesday evening as participants in Inverness Angling Club’s close season classes applied their skills to win prizes. It proved to be a close run thing in all groups. In the junior section young James Stewart took first prize, winning a hand made tool block, while runner-up Cheyenne Stronach received a voucher. 

The beginner/intermediate section also proved very competitive with decimal points separating tyers. Donald Mateer took first prize, winning a fly rack, while runner-up Tracy Stronach was presented with a voucher. In the experienced section, winner Graham Forbes and runner-up Jamie Urquhart, were presented with tool and fly racks. Class members sent their best wishes to tutor Mike Campbell who was unable to attend the final classes through illness.

Winners: (Back, left to right) Graham Forbes, Donald Marteer and Jamie Urquhart

(Front, left to right) Tracy Stronach, James Stewart and Cheyenne Stronach

Catch them young: Class youngsters with (back, left to right) tutors/organisers 

David Mateer, Alex Elliott and Alan Scott

Concentration: Jamie Urquhart ties his successful fly

Top junior: James Stewart shows his Mackenzie Cascade

Saturday, 23 February 2019 14:24

Ness grading confirmed

The Scottish Government has confirmed the Grade 1 rating of the rivers Ness and Moriston for 2019, with effect from April 1. The gradings, which regulate the retention and killing of Atlantic salmon in Scottish waters, were first announced in October as proposals. Following consultation, Scottish Ministers believe that the gradings proposed remain valid. The only change is for the North Harris SAC which rises from Grade 3 to 1.

Inverness Angling Club welcomed the grading but has agreed that restrictions designed to conserve salmon stocks in the Ness will continue. These specify mandatory catch and release to the end of June. From July 1, the taking of salmon is restricted to a maximum of two cock fish of eight pounds or under for the season, with only one being taken in any given week. These restrictions will also be followed by other Ness fisheries.

Further detail on the outcomes of the consultation, and a table showing the gradings for all 173 rivers and assessment groups for the 2019 season, can be found at the Marine Scotland website https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/fishreform/licence/status

Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:51

Tying classes close

Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying classes will end with a flourish next Wednesday evening (February 27). All tyers - experienced, beginners/intermediates and juniors - will be challenged to tie a fly of their choice using the skills gained from tutors Mike Campbell and David Mateer, and demonstrations by Graham Nichols and Ali Hutchens. Prizes will go to the flies judged best in each experience category. Plans are in hand for the continuation of the classes from October 2019 through to the end of February 2020. Watch this space!

Developing skills: Tyers at work

Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:48

Praise for Kai

A second visit by fly tyer Ali Hutchens attracted a record 21-strong attendance to Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class on Wednesday night (February 13). And Ali’s teaching talents were ably demonstrated when he guided young Kai Afek through the tying of his first ever fly, a Kinermony Sunray. An appreciative audience applauded the effort, much to the delight of grandfather Mike Afek. The class, which has another two meetings to go, has exceeded expectations. A survey issued to participants will help organisers plan for continuation in the autumn.

First fly: Kai works on his first fly under the guidance of Ali Hutchens (right), watched by grandad Mike

 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 12:02

Loop aids IAC training

International tackle company Loop has backed Inverness Angling Club’s drive to attract more local people to angling, and to train them in the skills required. Loop has donated several thousand pounds worth of its leading trout and salmon fishing rods and reels to assist the club’s skills development programme. On behalf of Loop, Ness Castle ghillie Gordon Armstrong, presented the equipment to club president Graham MacKenzie at the Little Isle Pool today (Tuesday, February 12).

Graham said: “We have been fortunate over the years to receive gifts of rods which have supported out coaching activities. But these tend to be older rods which don’t match the performance of today’s lighter and more powerful rods. These are more expensive and certainly out of the reach of younger anglers. Loop’s tackle is among the best available world wide and will make a huge difference to our coaching and the progress of young people and seniors seeking to develop their skills.”

Great gift: Gordon presents a selection of the donated equipment to Graham

Group thanks: IAC members show their appreciation

Thursday, 07 February 2019 22:31

Catch a bargain!

Membership of Inverness Angling Club totalled 118 at February 4, compared to 127 at the same time last year. Senior members stood at 51 (74 last year), concessionary 24 (25), associate 19 (14), ladies 5 (4), intermediate, 18 to 20 years old, at 1 (0) and juniors 18 (10). Take-up in the early part of the season tends to be slow but it should pick up soon. 

Several members introduced to the club through the close season fly tying class are submitting applications. With interest stimulated in proven fish-catching patterns, they recognise the bargain that the club’s Ness fishings offer for £150 per season.

Membership application forms can be downloaded from the web site. Click Join Today at the foot of the home page, complete the form and return it to the membership secretary or via the e-mail contact also at the foot of the home page.

Thursday, 07 February 2019 15:49

Inverness in top ten fishing towns

FishingBooker, the web site that helps anglers book fishing world wide, has named Inverness in the top ten fishing towns in Britain for 2019. The city comes seventh in the list, behind the only other Scottish entry, Perth, which is listed at third place. See fishingbooker.com

The site says: “Inverness may be a seaside town, but all the best angling happens inland. Start off on the beautiful banks of the River Ness for some outstanding salmon and trout fishing. Move up to Loch Ness to add pike, eel, Arctic charr, and who knows what other monsters to the list.” 

Perth gets another positive post: “The River Tay is an outstanding salmon fishery….. Salmon aren’t the only game fish on offer, either. Just a few miles to the south, Loch Leven has some of the best brown trout in the world. In fact, Loch Leven trout are so good that they have been stocked as far away as Australia and Argentina!”

Top fishery: The Ness at the Little Isle

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 22:22

Fish catcher!

Tracy Stronach demonstrated the progress being made by beginners at Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class on Wednesday. The fly for this class was the Alistair, a Sutherland- born pattern designed for coloured water which can be tied as a tube or double. 

Although not such a testing fly as some of the others which have challenged the class, tutors were looking for a well balanced fly finished with a neat head. Tracy’s examples show that she is well on the way to becoming an accomplished tyer, along with other members of the class.

Flies for fish: Tracy's Alistair doubles 

Friday, 01 February 2019 16:38

Press features fly tying class

This week’s Highland News have given a superb spread to the activities of Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class. Photographer Gary Anthony visited the Wednesday evening class and produced an array of pictures which demonstrate the range of members involved and the development of their skills. Happily, the piece also featured the commitment of key junior members - Cheyenne and Gordon Stronach, who attend with parents Tracy and Stephen, and James Stewart, who comes along with grandfather Jimmy. There’s still time to get out and buy a copy!

Great pix!: Above and below - The Highland News feature on the fly tying class

Friday, 01 February 2019 15:13

Wading shrinks salmon stocks

Salmon spawning is stimulated by low water temperature. It is common knowledge that, as a result of the influence of Loch Ness, which maintains higher temperatures in the River Ness, spawning is later than in rivers in the upper part of the system. As a result, salmon continue to spawn in the Ness well after opening day when anglers take their first steps into the river.

IAC vice president Alex Elliott has called upon all anglers venturing out on the river over the next month or so to be extremely careful where they wade. He explained: “Careless wading in areas that hold salmon ova kills future generations of fish and can undo all the efforts we are putting into conservation. “

He stressed: “Ideally, don’t wade at all. But if you have to go into the water don’t wade over ankle depth. And watch out for gravels which are prime spawning areas. Examples of these include the Little Isle and MacIntyre pools, and the Braes. Protect spawn now and we’ll have more salmon returning in future seasons. It’s just common sense.”

Take care: Redds are often close to the bank

Friday, 01 February 2019 12:59

Provost makes our day!

Over 60 anglers attended the River Ness opening ceremony organised by Inverness Angling Club today (Friday, February 1) - the best opening day gathering for many years. Although extremely reluctant to do so, David Traill of Grahams of Inverness was finally persuaded to carry out the traditional ‘blessing of the water’ by throwing some very fine whisky into the river! 

Club president Graham MacKenzie then invited City of Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael to take the first cast of the season, which she made with considerable style. On a bitterly cold day, the tea, coffee and bacon rolls provided by sponsors Holm Mills Shopping Village were especially welcome.

Procession: Provost Helen Carmichael, accompanied by president

Graham MacKenzie and David Traill, lead anglers to the river

Accomplished: Provost Carmichael makes the first cast of the season

Leading ladies : The Provost is joined by Tracy Stronach (left),

daughter Cheyenne (right) and Graham MacKenzie

Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:14

Tyers take to Willie Gunn

Salmon on the River Ness are likely to see a lot more of the Willie Gunn tube fly this season following a visit to Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class by professional fly tyer Graham Nichols. The Willie Gunn is a favourite among Graham’s customers and he passed on his tips for tying the iconic fly to a fascinated audience last night (January 30). 

After his demonstration, class members produced some excellent examples of the Willie Gunn, which was named after a Sutherland ghillie. At the close of the class, Cheyenne Stronach showed the appreciation of members by presenting Graham with a tool stand, hand made by her father Stephen.

Attentive: Class members watch Graham’s tying demonstration

Appreciation: Cheyenne Stronach presents Graham with a tying tool stand

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:49

Class gets Courier credit

Inverness Angling Club activities get a favourable write up in the Inverness Courier today (Tuesday), leading with a piece on the success of the fly tying class and detailing arrangements for the season opening ceremony this Friday (February 1).

The fly tying class tomorrow (Wednesday) night will welcome well-known angler and top fly tyer Graham Nichols, who is kindly travelling from Golspie to demonstrate his tying skills. Graham’s Grainhead flies are a ‘must have’ for salmon anglers throughout the country. He will demonstrate his signature pattern, the Willie Gunn tube fly, then help class members to tie the pattern.

Club members who have not signed up for the class, but would like to watch Graham’s demonstration, are welcome to come along. It starts at 7pm in the upstairs conference room of Dow’s Bistro off Balloan Road.

Monday, 28 January 2019 21:39

Opening celebration for River Ness

City of Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael will formally open the salmon season on the River Ness this Friday (February 1). She will make the first cast at the Mill Stream Pool to herald what club members and visiting friends hope will see a continuing improvement in catches of salmon and grilse.

Members and guests should assemble in the top car park of Holm Mills for 10.00 hours. Pipe Major Steve Spencer of Northern Constabulary Community Pipe Band will lead the parade to the river where David Traill, director of tackle shop Grahams of Inverness, will perform the traditional ‘blessing’ with a splash of whisky. Club president Graham MacKenzie will invite Provost Carmichael to make the first cast of the season. Thereafter, bacon rolls and refreshments will be provided in the restaurant of opening day sponsors Holm Mills Shopping Village. The club also appreciates the assistance of Tesco.

Friday, 25 January 2019 09:47

Opening tidy

Volunteers are being sought from the IAC membership to tidy up the Mill Stream area in advance of the opening of the salmon season on Friday, February 1. The tidy-up will start at 1100 hours this Sunday (January 27). Please help to ensure a clean site for the opening by Provost Helen Carmichael and the attendant media.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:21

Fly class success

Fly tyers will gather again at Dow’s Bistro this evening (January 23) for another session of the skill that adds a different dimension to angling. Landing a silver salmon or tenacious trout on a fly of your own tying is well worth the time spent at the tying vice.

Class attendance has averaged 15 tyers per night since starting following the close of the salmon season on October 15 last year - a really good attendance by both seniors and juniors, and experienced and novice tyers led by tutors Mike Campbell and David Mateer. 

Organisers Alan Scott and Alex Elliott have been delighted by the response. Said Alan: “We have a good cross section of members and the classes have attracted non-members whose growing fly tying skills could well lead to them joining the club. We’ve been particularly pleased by the progress of juniors whose enthusiasm is heartening.”

Thursday, 17 January 2019 18:42

Fenced out?

Inverness Angling Club has approached officials of The Highland Council to raise concerns about the construction of a fence along the riverside path adjacent to Whin Park playground. On the face to it, the fence, running from just above Charlie’s Seat right up to the Holm Bridge, could pose a significant threat to angler access to two of the best beats of the Ness fishings, the MacIntyre Pool and Mill Stream. While the club has not been consulted on the project, it is believed that sections of the fence will be left open at each existing path access to the pools.

Nice fence!: But will there be full access to the river?

 

Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:19

Membership queries

IAC membership secretary John Ralph will be taking a break between February 6 and 20. During that period all membership matters should be raised via the ‘Contact Us’ section of the web site. Just click on the ‘Contact Us’ circle on the home page for a reply from the president or secretary, usually by return.

Monday, 07 January 2019 19:53

Big billing for Ladies Day

The successful Ladies Day staged on Inverness Angling Club’s Ness fishings last year will be featured in the February issue of Trout and Salmon magazine. The club hosted and coached a cheery group of 20 ladies on their fishings on Saturday, September 1. The event was organised by angling marketing agency FishPal in aid of the Highland Hospice. Reports and pictures by a Trout and Salmon journalist will grace the pages of the February issue which will be on magazine shelves within the next few days.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 18:31

Opening celebration

Members and guests are invited to attend the opening day ceremony of the 2019 salmon angling season at the Mill Stream Pool on Friday, February 1. Please assemble in the top car park of Holm Mills for 10.00 hours.

This popular event is kindly sponsored by Holm Mills Shopping Village and gives members and guests an opportunity to catch up with fellow members and discuss the prospects for the new season, over a wee dram, a bacon roll and a cup of tea or coffee. Anglers are asked to wear fishing gear and bring a rod to present a good image for the attending media.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 18:29

Loop promote best practice

Gordon Sim, the chief executive officer of Loop Tackle Design, will be the guest speaker at the annual public meeting of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board on Thursday, January 17. The meeting, which has always attracted a good number of interested anglers from around the area, will be held in the Press and Journal Lounge of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club, starting at 19.30 hours.

A native of Fort William, Gordon will talk about the world class fisheries management applied to Loop’s own river systems in Labrador, Canada; the company’s wish to act as a ‘global conduit for best practice’; and his own passion for salmon fishing.

Agenda items will include the activities of the board during 2018 and proposed activities for 2019. Copies of the board’s annual report will be available. The meeting is open to the pubic but places are limited to 50 seats. Those interested in attending should register their interest with the clerk, Chris Conroy, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01463 861245.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 18:26

Time to tie

Now is the time to get that little bit of help to design and tie that special fly to catch salmon in 2019. Inverness Angling Club’s popular fly tying classes will re-start for the 2019 sessions at 19.00 hours on Wednesday, January 16, in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro on Balloan Road. Led by tying experts Mike Campbell and David Mateer, with assistance from club coaches, the classes will be run each Wednesday evening un February 27. 

Two top tyers will give demonstrations during this period - Graham Nicholls on January 30 and a second visit by Ali Hutchens on February 13. Newcomers are welcome, whether beginners or experienced. Tools and materials can be provided. They should register in advance with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 18:20

IAC committee meetings

The 2019 committee meetings of Inverness Angling Club are set for the following dates: January 10, February 7, March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 18, August 15, September 12, October 17, and November 14. The annual general meeting will be held on November 21. Details of committee membership can be found on the club’s web site at invernessanglingclub.co.uk/club-details/management

Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:01

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