News 2020

News 2020

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:19

Brace for Chris

Club member Chris Bruce, fishing the west side of the Mill Stream today, added to his season’s tally - landing and releasing a brace weighing in at six and seven pounds. Both showed the first stages of colouring up for their stay in fresh water. Anglers feel these might be released fish as fresh salmon enter the Ness well beyond season closure on October 15.

Autumn colours: Preparing to complete the life cycle

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 15:17

Sharing waters

Exchange permits are a useful way for members of angling clubs and associations to enjoy each other’s fishings at no cost. Currently, Inverness Angling Club has such arrangements in place with Aberdeen and District, Beauly, Dingwall and District, Loch Achonachie, Ugie and Wick angling clubs, and Elgin Angling Association.

Today, Elgin AA member Allan Crook made his trip well worthwhile by landing and releasing a fresh grilse of four pounds from the Mill Stream.

Monday, 28 September 2020 19:46

Success for associate

Edinburgh-based associate club member Alan Brooks plied the Mill Stream Pool with the ‘garden fly’ this morning and landed a four pound grilse which was safely returned. There are no other reports of catches so far as the lean period continues.


Friday, 25 September 2020 09:29

Mamma Mia!

A late season trip to Inverness Angling Club’s beat on the River Ness brought some joy for an Italian visitor on Thursday.

Gino Pasquali and his friend Luca Meozzi took up associate membership of the club in January and have spent this week seeking that elusive salmon. And it happened yesterday. Gino landed and released a cock salmon of over five pounds from the MacIntyre Pool. The fish, well into its spawning livery, was taken on a Red Francis fly. Hopefully, there will be more for both before they head home.

Joy for Gino: A MacIntryre fish for a welcome visitor

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 19:01

Provan produces

It’s not often fished but a cast or two in Provan’s Pool of the club water can often bring dividends, especially after high water in the latter part of the season. And so it was for Davie Dyce today. Fishing a zebra Toby, he caught and released a grilse of five pounds at the weir wall.

Sunday, 20 September 2020 15:24

Catch returns time approaches

Given the continuing threats from Covid-19, Inverness Angling Club has made some changes to its arrangements for the submission of catch returns for the 2020 season. 

Riverside hut boxes will not be available. Instead, returns can be placed in sealed boxes at the spirits counter of the Holm Mills Shopping Village, the refreshments hut at the crazy golf centre at the Bught and the usual returns box in the tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness. All boxes will be available from Friday, September 25.

Returns can also be submitted online through the club’s web site at On the home page, click the bars at the top right hand corner, select Fishing then Annual catch/effort return. Complete the form and follow the directions for submission.

All returns, including nil returns and fishing effort in days per month, must be submitted no later than October 23. Adult members failing to submit a return will incur a penalty of £20 on 2021 membership. See Rules 5.2 and 5.3.

Saturday, 19 September 2020 21:54

One for the day

Just one salmon came off the club water today in fairly bright conditions. Chris Bruce made a successful visit to the Red Braes Pool to land a nine pound specimen, duly released.

Friday, 18 September 2020 11:26

Observe rules and stay safe

As further outbreaks of Covid-19 occur in Scotland, the committee of Inverness Angling Club has appealed to members to observe social distancing on the riverside. As a reminder, these are the regulations set by the Scottish Government:

  • People can meet socially, indoors or outdoors, in groups of up to six from no more than two households at a time
  • People should meet no more than four other households a day
  • People should stay two metres apart from anyone over 11 who is not part of their household

While club huts will remain locked until Covid-19 clears, they provide focal points for chats. It is crucial that the social distancing rules should be strictly observed in such gatherings.

Thursday, 17 September 2020 17:07

Prospects improve as water drops

The town beat of the River Ness showed a bit more activity today. And the dropping water level made it a bit more comfortable for anglers.

Ian Jennings, an associate member of the Inverness Angling Club who makes regular trips north from his home in Wolverhampton, landed a six and a half pound salmon fishing a Devon minnow in the MacIntyre Pool. Upstream, Chris Bruce caught a five pounder from the Braes Pool.

Landed: A good catch for Ian

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:34

Another for Donnie

Fresh salmon are still entering the River Ness and the odd one is being picked up by dedicated IAC members. It was the turn of Donnie Urquhart this afternoon. He caught and released a fresh cock fish of 10 pounds on a three and a half inch Devon minnow.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:11

Fly catch for Davey

High water continued on the River Ness today but club members continued their search for a salmon. Just one has been reported so far. Around seven pm this evening, Davie Dyce caught and released a five pound grilse from the Little Isle Pool on the fly.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:48

IAC cancels BBQ

Inverness Angling Club has decided to cancel its popular end-of-season barbecue, usually held in the early part of October. Even if current regulations prohibiting large gatherings were relaxed, it is felt that staging the event would be too much of a risk as Covid-19 continues to pose a potential threat to health.

Monday, 14 September 2020 18:49

Braving the waters

As the River Ness rose by almost a metre over the weekend, it took brave anglers to venture out on Monday morning. But some did and for James Emery it paid off. Fishing a Devon minnow, he landed and released a bright hen salmon of some eight pounds from the MacIntyre Pool.

In the net: Success for James

Monday, 14 September 2020 16:55

Fly tying and trout league cancelled

Organisers had decided to cancel two annual events run over the winter months in association with Inverness Angling Club.

The Cascade Fly Tying Group, run from mid October to the end of February, has increased in popularity over the last three seasons and regularly attracts from 15 to 20 club members and friends each week. But it has been decided that the classes present a clear health risk - even if government regulations allowed.

Organiser Alan Scott explained: “The nature of coaching fly tying skills makes it impossible to meet social distancing regulations. We will keep the situation under review and look to re-starting the classes if regulations permit.”

Also cancelled is the annual Winter Trout League, which has been held at the Achagour Trout Fishery for the last 11 years. But cancellation is not related to Covid-19.

IAC president and league organiser Alex Elliott said: “It is extremely disappointing but participation in the league has fallen over the last couple of years. Having taken soundings from previous participants it seems that interest continues to fall. Anyone who facies continuing competitive fishing may wish to enter the league run by the team at Achagour.”

Friday, 11 September 2020 12:01

Tempting trout

With salmon and grilse in short supply, maybe it’s time to have a cast for the sea trout which migrate into the River Ness. IAC member John Benson did just that last night and was rewarded with a two and a half pound specimen from the Friar’s Shott. It was taken at nine pm on a size six version of the popular teal, blue and silver fly.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 18:17

Another for the Francis

Jordon Grant and Davie Dyce were out and about on the east bank of the Red Braes today where their persistence brought results - grilse of five pounds for each of them. Jordon’s fish was taken on a Red Francis tube, a fly that has become increasingly popular on the Ness as its catch reputation increases. Meanwhile, Kevo Macdonald was back on the MacIntyre to take his second fish in two days - a grilse of three pounds. The Mac also delivered a grilse of four pounds for Patrick Kerr.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 14:07

The rise and fall of river levels

Salmon anglers believe that their quarry appears less willing to take in fluctuating water levels. Consequently, significant fluctuations in recent levels of the River Ness have been a hot topic in river bank discussions. Hydro schemes throughout the Ness System are seen as the usual culprits. But experts indicate that there are a series of natural reasons for such conditions, apart from the expected normal run-off from an extensive river and loch system. They include:

1  Seiches - A recognised phenomena caused when strong winds and rapid changes in atmospheric pressure push water from one end of Loch Ness to the other. These can result in measurable differences in water level from one end of the loch to the other, pulsing up and down the loch.

2  Winds - The predominant south-westerly winds through the Great Glen mean that such conditions will have a particular impact to the north-east - and the River Ness.

3  Weir spill - A slight increase in the level of Loch Dochfour can result in significant amounts of water running over the long Dochfour Weir, causing a substantial rise in the level of the River Ness.

The gate installed at the top of the Dochfour Weir has no bearing on the type of fluctuations seen recently. It is designed to maintain he height of the River Ness in low water conditions, ie when Loch Dochfour falls below the level of the weir.

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 13:04

‘Monsters’ found in River Ness

Two strange fish discovered at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Monday evening are thought to be cichlids, more common to areas like Lake Tanganyika in Africa. They are popular among aquarists as pets and it is believed that someone has decided to release them into the wild.

Chris Conroy, CEO of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, said such releases into the wild can have a devastating impact on native species and ecosystems. He urged anyone thinking about releasing unwanted pet fish into local rivers and lochs to find alternatives.

Monsters?: The warm water aquarium fish found in the Ness

Monday, 07 September 2020 19:39

Isle and Mac score again

Monday got off to a reasonable start with two fish from the Ness club water, but seems to have failed that early promise with no further reports so far. The fortunate anglers were Davie Dyce, with a seven pounder from the Little Isle, and Kevo Macdonald, who landed an eight pounder from the MacIntyre.

Saturday, 05 September 2020 18:58

Donnie does it

Following a fishless Friday, Donnie Urquhart got things going again on Saturday afternoon with a nine pound fresh run salmon from the Weir Pool. It was taken on a two-inch Devon minnow and released. Shane Fraser, visiting on the Elgin and District Angling Association exchange permit, reported catching and releasing a 10 pound salmon from the Red Braes.

Thursday, 03 September 2020 20:15

Two from Mill

The Mill Stream favoured Chris Bruce with yet another grilse today, a four pounder which was released. Also on the Mill Stream, Peter Easton landed and released a seven pound hen fish on a black and red minnow.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 18:16

A welcome fish

David Greer of North Kessock celebrated his first year of Inverness Angling Club membership today with a welcome fish from the east side of the Mill Stream. Fishing a size 10 Silver Ally’s Shrimp, he landed and released a grilse of five pounds. Fellow member James Emery helped with the net. On the opposite side of the Mill Stream, James Buchanan further increased his catch statistics with a five pound grilse, hooked on a Toby and released.

Enjoyable: A first for David

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 18:51

First of September

An early trip to the Weir Pool this morning brought a result for Donnie Urquhart. Spinning a two inch Devon minnow, he caught and released a good fish of eight pounds at eight o’clock. Visitor Shane Fraser from Lossiemouth made it two for the day with a seven pound fish caught and released at the Little Isle.

Monday, 31 August 2020 19:57

Singular fish

There were no further reports of catches on Saturday, the day closing with Ally Henderson’s six pound fish. Moving on to Monday, Denny Mackay was a delighted man as he landed his first fish of the season from the club water of the River Ness. Fishing a two inch minnow, he hooked, landed and released an eight pound cock salmon from the Mill Stream. There are no reports of other catches so far.

Happy man: A good catch for Denny

Saturday, 29 August 2020 21:17

Quiet day

Just one catch has been reported so far from the IAC water on Saturday with Ally Henderson landing a six pound cock fish.

Saturday, 29 August 2020 14:44

Club recognises junior success

Inverness Angling Club prides itself on the level of its junior membership which currently runs at 94 young people under the age of 18 - one of the highest rates in Scotland. While Covid-19 put paid to the staging of the club’s annual Casting Clinics, and other plans to coach junior members, the club has recognised the skill of two junior members in catching salmon.

Five-year-old Finn Henderson landed a five pound grilse from the Mill Stream while 10-year-old Tami Porter caught a three pounder from the Little Isle Pool. Today, accompanied by proud Dads, both were presented with £20 tackle vouchers and club hats by president Alex Elliott.

He explained: “We hope this will help encourage more junior members to visit the river with their parents and develop their angling skills. We hope to do more with them as soon as anti-virus precautions permit. This could include coaching in casting trout and salmon rods, and visits to local trout fisheries.”

Success: Tami and Finn with their awards

Family fun: Dads Neil and Ally are joined by Alex Elliott

Thursday, 27 August 2020 21:52

Fresh one for Gavin

It’s good to avoid a duck, at anytime and any place. And so it transpired on the club water of the River Ness today. In the last light of the day, Gavin Mackie managed to hook and land a cracking fresh salmon of seven pounds on the MacIntyre Pool. Taken on the fly, it was safely returned.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 14:34

Proposed gradings for 2021

Following assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters, Marine Scotland has published its proposed gradings for rivers for 2021. These will be subject to a 28 day consultation period, commencing on Thursday, August 28.

The River Ness retains its Grade 1 status which, as in recent years, may be subject to locally agreed conservation arrangements, including the Rivers Garry and Oich. The River Moriston SAC is also listed at Grade 1. All gradings are available on the Marine Scotland web site at

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 21:07

First for Mark

Three fish have been reported so far today from the club water of the River Ness. Steve Watt’s persistence on the Little Isle was rewarded with a grilse of four pounds, which was released. Also released was a fish of six pounds taken on the MacIntyre Pool on a Red Francis fly by Hamish Chisholm, a visitor from Invergordon.

Club member Mark Stanford started fishing just after lockdown and today was a 'red letter' one. He landed and retained a 7.5 pound fish from the Weir Pool - his first salmon, taken on the fly. He reported: "I'm just buzzing. I was just about to leave around 8.30, as it was getting dark, and one more cast paid off."

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 21:05

Two’s company

There were no further reports of catches on Monday (August 24) so the total for the season that day reached 101 salmon and grilse.

Catches come in two’s it appears. Yet another day passed with just two fish reported, a poor catch by the standards of the Ness club water.

Tuesday saw Jim Buchanan and Jordon Grant raise the total to 103. James had a four pound grilse, taken on a Toby from the very bottom of the MacIntyre and released. Jordon Grant continued his success with a 10 pound salmon from the middle beat of the Braes, also released.

Monday, 24 August 2020 20:27

Season total reaches 100

IAC member Donnie Cameron, a regular on the Little Isle Pool, switched locations early this morning to the MacIntyre Pool. And it produced a double reward - a cock grilse, taken on a Francis tube fly, which marked the one hundredth fish of the season from the club water. The word on the river was that Donnie’s catch was one of another two fish landed this morning but confirmation is awaited. The MacIntyre was also the place to be for Hugh Hutton this evening. He landed a six pound cock fish on a Cascade.

Friday, 21 August 2020 20:11

Catch total closes on three figures

The 2020 season is proving a good one for IAC member Gary Goddard, who recently broke an 18-month drought on the club water. Out this morning on the east bank of the Mill Stream, Gary landed and released a grilse of five pounds. Thirty minutes later he lost a larger fish from the bottom of the pool.

Two visitors from Dumfries are making their trip north well worth while. Having landed a four pound grilse on Tuesday, Scott Kerr went one better today with two grilse of three to five pounds while Derek Adamson continued his successful quest for some of the river’s fine brown trout.

Today's catches raise the total catch of salmon and grilse for the season so far to 99.

Friday, 21 August 2020 11:00

Buy permits - Stay safe

With Covid-19 precautions limiting the use of cash, Inverness Angling Club reminds anglers seeking day or weekly permits to purchase them through the official outlets. These are the tackle shop of Grahams in Castle Street, Inverness, or the internet booking site FishPal. Contact details are: Grahams of Inverness: Tel: 01463 233178 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FishPal:

Thursday, 20 August 2020 20:22

Another from the Mill

A lot of effort with little reward was the story from the Ness town fishings today. But there was one happy angler, at least. Fishing the Mill Stream, Nick Barker had a fly-caught cock fish of around seven pounds, duly returned.

Pleased as punch: Nick Barker and netsman Ian Jennings in happy mood

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 21:08

River remains quiet

Catches are slow on the town fishings of the River Ness. Anglers are seeing few fish in the pools and even fewer at the end of their lines. A bit of fresh water could make a big difference.

But a few anglers beat the odds. Steve Watt landed a grilse from the tail of the Little Isle Pool and Ally Henderson had a cock fish of eight pounds. Frank Rabbeth had a grilse of over five pounds from the Weir Pool.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 16:28

Lost a rod tube top…?

A screw-on top for a metal rod tube has been found at the Little Isle Pool on Inverness Angling Club’s fishings. The owner should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving a description of the top and arrangements will be made for its return.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 18:53

Grilse catches continue

Three grilse catches were reported from the Ness club water today with two of the anglers involved increasing their tallies. James Buchanan had a five pounder on a Toby in the Silver Wells while Jordon Grant had a four pound sea iced grilse on a size eight Cascade from the General’s Well. Both were released.

Scott Kerr, a visitor from Dumfries, had a grilse of four pounds from the Mill Stream. He reported that it was in poor condition, although fresh, and it took some time to release. Derek Adamson, also visiting from Dumfries, says he had a "great day's fishing", seeing a few grilse in the Weir Pool and landing "three beautiful brownies". it just goes to show; the Ness is always worth a cast.

Monday, 17 August 2020 19:11

Success for Jimmy

Long term member Jimmy Craib landed his first fish of the season from the club water today. Fishing a minnow through the Weir Pool, he had a grilse of six pounds. Chris Bruce carried on catching with a bright four pound grilse from the stream above the Infirmary Bridge.

Nice one: A grilse for Jimmy

Saturday, 15 August 2020 18:45

Catches continue

The Silver Wells Pool of the River Ness, running down the right bank below the Infirmary Bridge, is always good for a fish at this time of the year. And so it proved for Jordon Grant this morning. At the tail of the pool he landed a six pound hen fish which was safely returned. It was taken on a Cascade, a pattern that appears to serve Jordon well. But the MacIntyre Pool is also a good place to be at the moment. Chris Bruce continued his successful run there today with two grilse, weighing in at two and four pounds. Both were released.

Friday, 14 August 2020 20:01

Fish show but few takes

The early morning catch today was taken in the MacIntyre Pool by Gavin Mackie, a fly-caught grilse of five pounds safely released. In good overhead conditions, Chris Bruce worked his way downstream through the Leaven Trees Pool and was rewarded with a five pound grilse, duly released, from the Legion Pool. Don Mackay had a fish of eight pounds.

Bright sunshine in the afternoon could well have put fish off the take as no catch reports have come in so far, despite lots of fish showing in the MacIntyre and Mill Stream. But as the light waned after nine o'clock, Geoege MacDonald got a result on the middle beat of the Little Isle Pool - a cock fish of five pounds on a small Ness club fly.

Thursday, 13 August 2020 20:59

Five fish today

Salmon and grilse keep coming on the club water of the River Ness, pushing the season’s reported catch up to 80.

James Emery had his first fish of the season from the MacIntyre Pool, a five pound grilse on a Red Francis. On the same pool, Lee Mackenzie had a good scrap from an eight pound salmon.

Up on the west bank of the Mill Stream, James Buchanan continued his successful run with a grilse of four pounds. For a change of scenery, Davie Dyce went for a cast on the General’s Well this evening - and landed two grilse within half an hour, weighing in at five and seven pounds and both released.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 20:25

Catches exceed 2019 total

Reported catches on Inverness Angling Club’s pools have reached a total of 75 salmon and grilse - two more than the total for the entire 2019 season. And four club members who have made a significant contribution to that total were on the mark again today.

Fishing the Legion Pool below the main Ness bridge, Chris Bruce pulled four fish and landed one of 6.5 pounds. The Silver Wells produced another for Davie Dyce, a six pound hen fish on the fly, duly released. Neil Fraser released a six pound fish on the rght bank of the Little Isle. Kevin Elliott, a successful regular on the Weir Pool, moved down to the Mill Stream and landed and released a fly-caught grilse of five pounds.

Tuesday, 11 August 2020 19:20

Toby takes it

Donnie Urquhart was out on the Weir Pool sharp this morning and it paid off - an eight pound salmon taken on a Toby lure. A visit to the General’s Well also paid off for Nick Barker. He landed and released a 3.5 pound grilse on a size eight blue winged Cascade and lost another shortly after. Up on the MacIntyre Pool, Peter Easton had a five pound grilse on the fly, which he released.

Monday, 10 August 2020 21:51

Catch detail required

Under the rules of Inverness Angling Club, all anglers fishing the club waters must make a return of catches within 24 hours. This can be done simply though the club’s online form or by text to the number given in permits.

Changes to the layout of the Catch Report on the club’s web site have helped those members who were reporting some difficulty in completing the form. Here's a reminder of the information required, including some optional detail which helps to fill out the web site news reports.

Full name (mandatory)
Email (optional but this, or phone number, would help if we need to contact you
Home town (mandatory)
Permit type (mandatory)
Permit Number (mandatory)
Date of catch (mandatory)
Catch details (mandatory - Number of fish caught and individual weights in pounds)
Catch details (optional - time of catch, species, location and method)
Upload picture - optional but welcome, take pic in landscape format
Check box (mandatory)

Earlier reporting helps the web site editor to keep members up to date with reports on daily catches. And pictures are always welcome, taken in landscape format. We try to use as many as possible but can’t guarantee to use all.

Monday, 10 August 2020 13:16

Malcolm’s day to remember

Today was a good one for Inverness Angling Club member Malcolm Riddell. Fishing the west side of the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a sea-liced grilse of over four pounds on a yellow Ally fly. “It is my first fish on the fly for many years,” said Malcolm. “Thanks to all in the club who helped me to get this far.” 

It was also a good day for Graham Ross who caught his first fish of the season on the Weir Pool - a six pound fish on the fly. The Weir produced yet another fly-caught fish for Kevin Elliott, a grilse of over five pounds. Donald Macpherson Snr stuck to his favouite pool at the Cross Hedges and was rewarded with a five pound grilse.

Ally Henderson had a five pound grilse from the MacIntyre Pool on a size 12 Cascade. Gary Goddard ended an 18-month drought with a fresh eight pounder from the west bank of the Mill Stream. The successful fly was a size 10 Castle shrimp. Gary added special thanks to Neil Porter who arrived just in time with a net. At the tail of the Mill Stream, James Buchanan was at it again with a four pound grilse cagkht on a Toby and released.

On a roll: Another for Kevin

Season's first: A grilse for Graham

Delighted: Gary ends drought

Saturday, 08 August 2020 18:49

Big fish for Mel

Plenty of fish have been seen on the River Ness these last two days and catches are beginning to rise as a result. After a busy day on Friday, Saturday saw some good results. 

Melvin Smith topped his personal performance for the season so far with a 14 pound salmon from the tail of the Weir Pool. Ally Henderson and son Finn made it a family affair with a fish each from the west side of the Mill Stream - a seven pounder for Ally and a five pounder for Finn. Lee Mackenzie kicked off his season with two fish -  a grilse of four pounds and an eight pound hen salmon.

Godon Macaloney of Glasgow had a successful visit with a four pound grilse on a black and orange Devon minnow from the MacIntyre Pool..

Big fish: Catch of the day for Mel

Released: Ally's fish from the Mill Stream

Friday, 07 August 2020 16:02

Mac livens up

The MacIntyre Pool of the club’s River Ness fishings is a long term favourite. But it really shone today with seven fish landed by early afternoon. First off the mark was James Buchanan with grilse of four and three pounds. Davie Dyce responded with three fish of 11, six and three pounds.

Chis Buce had fish of 10 and five pounds and, for good measure, a seven pounder from the west bank of the Mill Stream. The east side of the Mill Stream produced a four pound grilse for Derek Proctor on a small Devon minnow.The fish are 'bright and beautiful' as illustrated in this picture of one of the fish landed by Chris.

As evening drew in Tami Porter, fishing an Ally's Shrimp, landed a grilse of three pounds at the Little Isle.

Hats off to all!: A bright fish for Chris

Thursday, 06 August 2020 12:01

Big loss for James

Kirkintilloch angler James Buchanan has had his fair share of fish from the River Ness as an associate member of Inverness Angling Club. But he was in tears today when he lost what he described as ‘the fish of a lifetime”.

Starting the day at the top of the Little Isle Pool with his favourite Toby lure, James hit a salmon on his first cast. He says: “It didn’t do much and felt fairly light, so I thought it was a grilse. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The fight started. I’d landed an 18 pounder last year and I knew that this fish was much bigger.”

The salmon fought all the way down the pool but sadly, after a 20 minute battle, came off at the start of the faster water - leaving a pretty miserable James. But he will definitely be looking for more big salmon. Some consolation came later in the day - a 12 pound salmon from the MacIntyre Pool.

Up on the Weir Pool, Jordon Grant got among the fish again with an eight pounder taken on a size 8 Cascade.

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 12:35

Donnie hooks four

One more catch has been reported from Tuesday - Kirkintilloch associate member James Buchanan caught and released a six pound grilse in the MacIntyre Pool.

Wednesday saw Donnie Urquhart hook and play four fish on the Weir Pool, retaining one at eight pounds, releasing one at seven pounds and losing two after good fights. All were attracted by a two inch Devon minnow. The weir also proved productive for John Sutherland who had a six pound grilse on the fly.

Chris Bruce paid a successful visit to the General's Well Pool, landing and releasing a grilse of four pounds. Meantime, just upstream on the MacIntyre Pool, Gavin Mackie retained a six pound fly-caught grilse.

Success: A Weir grilse for John

Tuesday, 04 August 2020 20:34

More to come….?

There was a lot of talk today of several fish being landed on the club water, but reports are awaited on some. Known catches so far are from James Robertson, with a fly-caught grilse of four pounds released at the Little Isle; a five pound grilse retained by Patrick Kerr on the MacIntyre, taken on a black and orange Devon; and another good result for Melvin Smith, with a seven pound grilse taken on the fly and released into the Weir Pool. Down on the Silver Wells, Davie Dyce caught and released a six pound grilse on the fly. The MacIntyre Pool produced another grilse, this time for Aiden MacDonald, fly-caught and retained.

Expert: Another Weir Pool catch fior Melvin

Mac for Mac: A MacIntyre grilse for Aiden

Tuesday, 04 August 2020 13:49

A simple system….!

It would appear that some members are unclear on the process of reporting catches and, if available, adding a picture of the fish. The process is a simple one designed to make it easy for anglers to report catches and for the club to meet requirements for catch reporting within 24 hours. The system has operated for four seasons (since 2017). It is set out in the rules contained within permits:

5.3 Every angler who catches a salmon or grilse must register their catch within 24 hours via the club web page at: or by text to 07702 889841 including the number of fish caught, individual weights in pounds and membership or visitor number.

Additionally, please include where the fish was caught, method used and whether the fish was retained or released.

Virtually everyone is able to utilise this system via a computer or mobile phone. The web site facility does require an e-mail address. If that is not available send a text. Some appear confused by the symbols at the end of the catch report form. Just select the symbol instructed, eg diamond, heart, star….then click send.

The option to include a picture is also simple. Click on ‘Choose a file’, select your picture, complete the form and send. Pictures are preferred in landscape form (if using a mobile phone, hold it horizontal). Before the picture is taken, anglers should remove their sunglasses. Baseball type hats should also be removed as they can darken the upper part of the face and render the picture unusable.

Finally, it is not up to club officials to complete catch reports based on a verbal telephone call or other verbal communication. The system is set up to be simple to complete and the reports are delivered automatically to officials. This includes the web site editor so that catches can be reported daily - including pictures of sparkling Ness salmon!

Monday, 03 August 2020 16:02

On the mark

Two of Inverness Angling Club’s more successful members were in the right place again today. On his first run through the Weir Pool, Kevin Elliott hooked, landed and released what he described as ‘a cracking five pound grilse’. Chris Bruce increased his tally with two grilse of four and seven pounds, both from the Little Isle and both released. The Weir Pool produced another during the day, this time to Alex Evans - a fly-caught grilse of 3.5 pounds, duly released. On beat four of the Braes, Andy Massari had a lively encounter with a big fish, which got off, before landing a seven pounder on his trusty 2.5 inch black and orange Devon.

Good grilse: For Kevin (above) and two for Chris (below)

Braes beauty: A fat fish for Andy

Friday, 31 July 2020 23:06

Quiet day

Just two salmon were landed from the IAC water today. Derek Proctor took to his favoured east bank of the Mill Stream this morning and landed a fresh seven pound salmon. It was taken on a 2.5 inch black and orange Devon minnow and safely returned. On the same pool, Chris Bruce had a six pounder, safely released.

Friday, 31 July 2020 13:14

Handle with care!

Salmon are precious creatures, especially so as the numbers running our rivers have fallen in recent years. IAC members are making a significant contribution to conservation in the Ness system by returning most of the fish they catch. Anglers are reminded that all salmon and grilse should be treated with extreme care, minimising handling by using a net at all times. This will ensure that all fish being returned have the best chance of survival to spawn and produce the next generation.

Thursday, 30 July 2020 19:37

Fish on the fly

Things got a little busier on the club water of the River Ness today. Three fish were landed in the Weir Pool, all on the fly. Mel Smith had a grilse of five pounds which was retained. Duggie Dyce and John Sutherland each landed fish of eight pounds. Down on the MacIntyre Pool, Davie Dyce had two fly-caught grilse of four to five pounds, both of which were released.

Proud angler: Duggie Dyce with his fresh Ness salmon

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 19:04

Weir gives more

Following the catches - and losses - of Monday, strong winds made it difficult for anglers on Tuesday. While many members tried their best, just two fish was landed - James Buchanan’s reported catch and one just confirmed by Brian McBain, a seven pound grilse on fly caught and retained in the MacIntyre Pool.

In quieter weather today, the Weir Pool again gave up ‘silver tourists’. Best of the day was a 16lb salmon to the rod of Jordon Grant, caught on a Cascade tube fly and released. At the top of the pool, a piece of water often ignored in favour of the ‘hot spot’ on the second beat, David Inglis caught and retained a grilse of over four pounds on a silver and blue spot Toby. Said David: “It was a very soft take, no run and no fight, and hooked and landed in less than five minutes. I lost another of similar size 20 minutes later.”

Up on the Red Braes, Ally Henderson caught and released a grilse of four pounds.

Supeb: A big fish for Jordon

Nice grilse: First of season for David

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 16:12

Council thanked for banks cut

The grassy area around Inverness Angling Club’s Little Isle hut has been a source of negative comments for some time. While other areas along the banks of the River Ness have been trimmed by Highland Council teams, the long grass and weeds around the hut area remained something of an eyesore.

Members are particularly aware that the many visitors who pause at this area, on walks to the Ness Islands, must wonder why an area of such natural beauty is left so untidy. Under the terms of the lease of the fishings from Inverness Common Good Fund, the club is responsible for maintaining the river banks above the islands - and recently invested thousands of pounds in updating the equipment required. The banks downstream from that point are the responsibility of the council.

But credit is deserved when due, so anglers’ thanks go to the council as the area has now been tidied up. Hopefully, it will remain a credit to the city and a spot where anglers, locals and visitors can enjoy a very special environment.

Tidy: Anglers' gathering place at the Little Isle

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:17

Catches continue

Jim Buchanan, an associate member of Inverness Angling Club who hails from Kirkintilloch, was rewarded this morning for many hours on the river  - landing and retaining a five pound grilse at the Little Isle.

Nice one!: Grilse for James

Monday, 27 July 2020 17:16

Weir scores for three

Three club members were in the right place at the right time today. Fishing the worm at the Weir Pool, which has been the most productive spot so far this season, Paul Owen landed and retained a salmon of eight pounds.

Just before high tide, Donald Macpherson Jnr caught and released a six pound hen salmon at the top of the Weir Pool. Two others were caught and safely released within a couple of hours. Kevin Elliott was also on the mark, celebrating his birthday with a nice fish on the fly.

Perfect!: A salmon for Paul

Delighted: Donald increases his tally


Saturday, 25 July 2020 17:49

Fly pouch found

A pouch of flies has been found in the Whin Park are alongside the River Ness. To claim it, the owner should call Tracy Stronach on 07788 958156 and name the flies it contains.


Friday, 24 July 2020 21:59

Two grilse from club water

Two salmon were reported from the club water of the River Ness today. Jordon Grant caught and released a five pound grilse from the east bank of the Red Braes. Down at the Little Isle Pool George Mackenzie, fishing a small tube fly, hooked and landed a 3.5lb grilse which was retained as it was bleeding badly.

Thursday, 23 July 2020 11:22

Success for Geraldine

It was a red letter day for IAC member Geraldine Connah, a fairly recent recruit to fly fishing and to the club. Fishing the Little Isle Pool this morning, Geraldine caught and released a six pound grilse. The fish was attracted by a Tay fly, the Aurora Cascade.

Happy lady: Grilse for Geraldine

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 20:27

Fish on the move

IAC member Murray Richardson has chalked up his first fish of the season from the club water with a fly-caught grilse of four pounds from the top of the Little Isle. As the week progresses, more fish are being seen on the river. Chris Bruce and Andy Massari both hooked but lost fish off the afternoon tide.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 14:51

Catch reports required

Members of Inverness Angling Club, and holders of visitor and free day permits for the club fishings, are reminded of the need to report all salmon or grilse caches. These reports must be made within 24 hours of the catches, whether kept or returned. They are part of club rules and are necessary to meet government requirements.

The club provides an easy way to report catches through its web site. On the home page of the web site, scroll down and click on Report Catch. This will access the report form. Complete the form as appropriate, add a picture if available, select the starred* icon (suitcase, flag etc) and click Send.

Pictures are always welcome but the welfare of fish being released is paramount. It’s best to keep it in the water and to minimise handling. Lifting the fish ONLY by the tail can cause irreparable damage.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:45

Grilse for Mel

Salmon and grilse are still few and far between on the club water of the River Ness - not for the want of trying as most days see plenty of anglers on the beats. Melvin Smith’s persistence paid off, however, delivering a 5.5lb grilse from the Weir Pool on Monday morning.

Monday, 20 July 2020 16:41

Ness salmon densities “excellent”

Juvenile salmon surveys of the River Ness have shown encouraging results, reports the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. The surveys, carried out on July 18 at Dochfour and at Inverness Angling Club’s Holm Mills pool, indicated fry levels of 223/224 per 100 square metres. Parr levels were recorded at 65/66. A survey at the top of the Little Isle Pool today (July 20) showed similar results.

Fishery board CEO Chris Conroy explained: “The older salmon parr, greater than one year old, are always found in lower numbers than fry due to natural mortality and the fact that they are more widely distributed. But they are generally a better indicator of the health of the salmon population. These were not the highest densities on record but would still be classed as excellent.”

Survey: Chris Conroy (left) and fishery officer Chris Daphne at the Little Isle

Result: A good sample of fry and parr

Sorting: The juveniles are sized and recorded

Thursday, 16 July 2020 14:04

Little Isle works

If you’ve missed it on Facebook, this is what faced River Ness anglers as they turned up on Monday morning to fish the Little Isle Pool. Highland Council had advised Inverness Angling Club that test bores for the My Ness artwork would be taking place, giving the club the chance to warn members through its web site. The club appreciates being kept in touch.

Unfortunately, no warning was given about the works taking place on the riverside path from the Fishermen’s car park down to the small roundabout above the infirmary. As a result, pedestrians - including anglers - had to use the adjacent narrow road, posing dangers from traffic. And a section of the car park was restricted to contractors’ vehicles. The work continues.

Boring: Tests begin at Little Isle

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 11:41

First for Donnie

Donnie Urquhart made a successful return to the River Ness this morning. Fishing the Weir Pool with a two-inch Devon minnow, he landed and released a fresh run grilse of some three pounds - his first of the season.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:40

Big fish for new member

Canadian Anik Sachdeva, who works for the NHS, had a great introduction to Ness salmon fishing today. Joining the club on the £100 introductory membership, he headed for the Weir Pool and landed a 16lb salmon on a Devon minnow.

NHS colleague Kevin Greig-Elliott had encouraged Anik to take to the river but didn’t quite expect the result. At home above Holm Mains, Kevin got an urgent call for help and dashed down to the Weir to help Anik land his spectacular fish!

Downstream, the Mill Stream produced a fresh grilse for Andrew Coghill - his first salmon form the Ness for six years. And he sends a big ‘thank-you’ to new member Bobby Cunningham for his help in landing it.


Big fish: Anik with his spectacular catch

Delighted: Andrew with his long-sought fish

Monday, 13 July 2020 14:31

And another....!

Continuing effort was rewarded again today for Davie Dyce. Fishing the Little Isle Pool, Davie hooked and landed a feisty grilse of 4.5lbs - his second of the season and the third from the club waters.

Hopefully, this is a sign that catches will begin to rise. But fish are only caught if there are plenty of flies, or lures, in the water. The club beats are still short of the usual number of anglers on the water at this time of the year. More effort will mean more fish - so dust off your rods and reels and have a cast; the fish are there to be caught!

And just to confirm that fish are running the river, Peter Gardner landed a 7.5lb cock fish near the top of the Red Braes this afternoon. He was fishing an 8gm orange and silver toby style lure.


Number two: A grilse for Davie

Sunday, 12 July 2020 12:22

Route change for Ruthven

Resurfacing works on the B851 will affect one of the access routes to the Loch Ruthven trout fishery this week. Part of the road, between the Inverarnie junction and the junction with the Brin-Dunlichity-Loch Ashie road, will be closed from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday (July 13 to 17).

The alternative route to Loch Ruthven, which will be well known to many, is via the Essich road past Loch Ashie to the junction with the B862 up from Dores. A short distance along this road, take the first left which runs along the west end of Loch Duntelchaig to Loch Ruthven.

Saturday, 11 July 2020 16:09

First for Davie

It’s finally happened. After numerous tugs and pulls, and a couple of dramatic losses, Davie Dyce landed his first salmon of the season today. Fishing the left bank of the Mill Stream, he landed a fly-caught grilse of 5.5lbs at the tail of the pool. Well done Davie - due reward for hours of effort and, hopefully, the first of many.

Saturday, 11 July 2020 11:31

Boring to begin at Little Isle

It would seem that preparation works are about to start for the much-heralded ‘Gathering Place’ art scheme at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. Inverness Angling Club has been advised that test boring will be carried out on the river bank on Monday morning (June 13), just upstream of the hut where vegetation has been trimmed back.

Thursday, 09 July 2020 22:08

Check these flies!

With salmon now running the Ness system, this would seem a good time to review the flies contributed by club members and friends for the ‘lockdown series’. The feature was designed to maintain a busy web site - and busy tyers - during the period when rivers were closed. All the contributions can be found on the web site at Fishing/Fly patterns. And any one of the salmon flies featured could attract that elusive fish!

Thursday, 09 July 2020 21:39

Flies from shielding

Ken Mackenzie has contributed a couple of what he describes as ‘freestyle Covid shielding’ flies. He hopes to be able to have a cast towards the end of July or early August, so tight lines Ken.

Freestyle: Two from Ken

Thursday, 09 July 2020 21:05

Trout master!

Another fat trout near the two pound mark fell to the rod of Donald MacPherson Jnr today, this time from the east side of the Little Isle. It was taken on a silver stoat.

Taken: One for the pot

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 15:01

Exchange permits available

Following the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown rules, members of Inverness Angling Club can now access exchange permits arranged with other clubs in the Highlands and north-east.

These cover the Aberdeen and District, Beauly, Dingwall and District, Loch Achonachie, Ugie and Wick Angling Clubs, and Elgin Angling Association. As specified in membership cards, use of these is limited to two per week per member on any one club water. No such restriction applies to Loch Achonachie AC. All the exchange permits can be booked and collected from Graham’s Tackle Shop. (Tel: 233178).

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 07:45

Sea trout for Pawel

An evening on the General’s Well Pool of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings proved worthwhile for member Paweł Nasternak. A sea trout of around 2lbs was attracted by his spinning lure and safely landed.

Pawel's prize: A feisty sea trout

Monday, 06 July 2020 17:51

Weir delivers for Mark - almost!

Today turned out to be a very special one for Mark Stanford, a new member of Inverness Angling Club who just took up fly fishing a couple of weeks ago. With some coaching from Kevin Greig-Elliott, he was out on the Weir Pool Pool getting in some important practise. And what a result - he hooked but lost two big fish at the top of the tide, within an hour and a half from 2pm! Well done Mark; keep casting and you will soon land your first!

Saturday, 04 July 2020 14:53

Here we go….!

At last - the first fish from Inverness Angling Club’s fishings was successfully landed at 2 pm today. And what a fish it was - an 18lb specimen taken by associate member John Mallin at the Weir Pool. It was John’s first day on the river since lockdown and a very special catch as it's his birthday on Sunday. John, from Dulnain Bridge, was using a monkey fly, self tied on a size 8 double.
Further activity has been reported from the Silver Wells Pool over the last couple of days, but none of the takes were fully hooked, played and landed - apart from one good fish lost at the bank by Davie Dyce, with a bit of help from Duggie!

Weir success: A specimen for John

Thursday, 02 July 2020 17:05

Welcome back Ali!

A very welcome visitor to the Little Isle Pool this week was Alistair ‘Ali’ Scott. A popular Inverness Angling Club member, Ali spent many weeks in hospital - including three weeks in an induced coma - after contracting the coronavirus.

Accompanied by cousin Mick Fenion, Ali was back to his cheery and chatty self. But he was the first to admit that recovery to his former strength is going to be a long process. But keep visiting the Isle Ali. All the lads enjoy your craic.

Thursday, 02 July 2020 17:02

Free fishing for juniors

Now is the time for young people to take to the water in search of their first salmon or to experience the thrill of hooking and playing a good sized brown trout or sea trout. Those aged 17 and under can enjoy unlimited access to Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness fishings - absolutely free. Just nip into Grahams tackle shop in Castle Street to claim a membership card. No application form is required.

For those a wee bit older, 18 to 20 inclusive, the club offers a special intermediate rate of £50 - a saving of £100 on the standard adult rate. Download an application form through our web site at and click on Permits on the opening page.

The club has a good record of encouraging young folk to take up fishing. Sadly, Covid-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the club’s weekly Casting Clinics in June. Club coaches are keen to help newcomers to the sport to develop their casting and fishing skills, but that will have to wait until social distancing restrictions are fully relaxed. Keep an eye on the web site for announcements.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020 15:36

First of the season - almost!

Duggie Dyce came close to getting the first salmon of the season from Inverness Angling Club’s beat. Fishing the Silver Wells, he hooked a heavy fish which gave him a 20-minute tussle and took most of his backing before coming off. Keep casting Duggie and you’ll land the next one!

Salmon are also being seen on other pools. On the Mill Stream, Frank Durdle made a brief connection from the east bank today while Davie Dyce made contact in almost the same spot, but fishing from the west bank. So who will get that elusive first fish? Watch this space!

Monday, 29 June 2020 19:39

Sporting trout

While waiting for the first salmon be caught on the club water of the River Ness, a few anglers are chasing sea trout. Member Fiodor Slastitienko had this 1.5lb specimen from the Islands Pass on a 10gm casting jig.

Happy: A trout for Fiodor


Friday, 26 June 2020 13:45

Change for Ruthven bookings

Inverness Angling Club advises a change in booking arrangements for its boat on Loch Ruthven, previously made through president Alex Elliott. With immediate effect, bookings should be made directly through Grahams tackle shop in Castle Street - telephone 01463 233178 - from which the boat keys can be collected.

Anglers MUST bring sanitiser with them when collecting the boat keys. Otherwise, the keys will not be issued. This is to demonstrate that users are able to sanitise the boat, gate and anything else handled after use.

Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:38

Fresh from the sea

Today’s morning tide produced a great result for IAC member Donald Macpherson. Fishing the Weir Pool, he hooked and landed a fat two pound sea trout at the Spout. And to show that it’s worth a cast right now, Donald saw salmon moving through. The time is just about right for grilse to enter the river.

Rewarding: A beautifully marked sea trout from the Weir

Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:19

Club withdraws from river hut project

Inverness Angling Club (IAC) has withdrawn its bid for the construction of a replacement hut adjacent to the planned ‘My Ness’ art project by the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness

The project, costing an estimated £33,000, has been the subject of two years of negotiations with Highland Council, which had offered assistance of £20,000 from the Town Centre Fund and £10,000 from the Inverness Common Good Fund.

In a letter to City of Inverness area manager David Haas, club president Alex Elliott said: “This topic has been discussed with Highland Council and other parties for over two years. However, the committee of IAC has become increasingly frustrated by what they see as unrealistic building costs and a failure on the part of the planner to understand our needs.”

Mr Elliott explained that from the outset the club merely wanted to extend its existing hut by a metre or so, but this was rejected by planning.

“Then we were asked what the essential elements of our hut must be in relation to the arts project. Put simply, the build had to be vandal proof as previous huts had been burnt down. Construction had to be such that we as a club could undertake cosmetic repairs should it be vandalised, something we have had to do on a regular basis to the existing hut.

“Despite the efforts of all involved in this project, for which we as a club are grateful, we are continually being pointed towards a wooden construction or something clad in wood, neither of which will stand the test of time. Additionally, the price quoted for the construction of such a shed appears excessive. It is with regret, therefore, that IAC no longer wish to progress with this project.”

The club, said Mr Elliott, felt that in these difficult financial times there were far more deserving groups within communities to which the funding could be better distributed.

He added: “We appreciate that this will come as a disappointment to all who have supported this project, but the time has come to draw a line under it and move on. After all, we have a hut which has served us well for many years and will continue to do so for many more years to come."


On the record: Courier photographer Gary Anthony captures Alex at the isle hut

Wednesday, 24 June 2020 14:13

Gas pipe works at Black Bridge

Scottish Gas Networks (SGN) will begin works on the gas main slung underneath the Black Bridge tomorrow (June 24) from 0800 hours. They are expected to take four days and will not affect the river or anglers.

The works involve hand cleaning and painting a corroded section of the pipe which will then be wrapped to protect it. Corroded bolts on two flanges will be replaced. SGN staff will be working around the low tides when they will be able to walk under the bridge and use small podium steps to access the pipe.

All work will be carried out in accordance with SEPA CAR and GBR Guidance, including sheeting being used for containment purposes.

Monday, 22 June 2020 19:05

Grahams open for membership renewal

Membership of Inverness Angling Club can now be renewed at the Castle Street tackle shop of Graham’s of Inverness.

During earlier Covid-19 restrictions the shop was limited to minimal opening hours serving gun customers. As relaxations are introduced, the shop is now open to all, daily except Wednesdays and Sundays, from 0930 to 1700. 

Like other retail businesses, entry restrictions are still in place. Customers should wait at the door for admission then use the cleaning station positioned inside the door. Barriers are in place at the counters.

Monday, 22 June 2020 13:40

Exchange tickets restricted

Membership of Inverness Angling Club not only provides enjoyable fishing on the River Ness but gives access to a number of other Highland and north-east fisheries through exchange tickets.

Members should note, however, that exchange tickets are not currently available because of travel distance restrictions imposed by the government to control the spread of Covid-19.

The club will confirm, through this web site, when these restrictions are lifted. Details of exchange ticket arrangements are printed in membership cards.

Friday, 19 June 2020 13:02

IAC moves with the times

With current restrictions preventing Inverness Angling Club from holding normal monthly meetings, the club has turned to technology to carry out its business. Committee members utilised Zoom video conferencing for a successful meeting last night (June 18).

The Covid-19 restrictions have also compelled the club to change arrangements for the payment of membership fees. Payments can now be made by bank transfer and card payment should be available soon.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 17:31

Waders rule on Ruthven!

It’s not compulsory, but users of Inverness Angling Club’s Loch Ruthven fishings are reminded that thigh waders are required to gain access to the boat. Without them, you are bound to have a very wet session!

Friday, 12 June 2020 15:25

Team tackles invasive species

Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed have despoiled the banks of the River Ness over many years, requiring annual treatment. Officers of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board are about to invade their sites in further efforts to limit their impact on the environment.

The sap of Giant Hogweed is potentially harmful if it gets on skin, causing severe blistering when exposed to the sun. Blistering can recur over months and even years. Originating from the Caucasus Mountains and Central Asia, it was first introduced to the UK as an ornamental in the 19th century. It can now be found throughout much of the UK, especially on river banks. The smaller native Hogweed doesn’t pose the same dangers.

Japanese Knotweed is a fast-growing, strong, clump-forming perennial, with tall, dense annual stems. Stem growth is renewed each year from deeply-penetrating rhizomes (creeping underground stems) which can crowd out native plants. Knotweed originates from eastern Asia. Its natural habitat is on the side of volcanoes but it has spread into populated areas and has flourished on waste ground. It was introduced to Britain by the Victorians as both an ornamental plant and a cattle feed.

Thursday, 11 June 2020 16:49

Join the club

Should you fancy fishing for salmon you couldn’t do much better than join those who enjoy the River Ness waters managed by Inverness Angling Club. And there is a great deal available for those who would like to have a go.

Standard membership for those aged 21 and over is £150 - not bad for a year’s fishing on beats with a five-year average catch of 178 salmon and grilse. As the most productive time of the salmon season approaches, those who have not been a member of the club in the last five years can join for a fee of £100.
Application forms are available through the web site. Click the bars at the top right hand corner of the home page, select Fishing/Permits/River Ness permits and download the appropriate application form.

If you need any advice, talk to members at the riverside - the Little Isle Pool by the Bught Park is usually the best place. They will be happy to give you advice on rods, reels, lines and flies. And staff in the tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness in Castle Street are also a good source of advice. But remember - please observe social distancing.

We look forward to welcoming you to the club.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 21:15

Ruthven re-launch

Inverness Angling Club’s boat on Loch Ruthven, which members can use free of charge, will be available again from Friday (June 12). Bookings must be made, and keys collected, through club president Alex Elliott. Contact details are printed in membership cards.

In view of the need to guard against Covid-19 infection, boat users must take a supply of sanitising wipes with them. These will have to be shown at the time of key collection, otherwise the keys will not be released. Anglers should take care to wipe gates and fences, and the boat must be thoroughly sanitised before and after use.

Some previous users of the boat have shown little respect for this valuable facility on a famed trout loch by leaving litter in the boat. Please make sure that the boat is clean and tidy after use and take all litter, including used wipes, home for proper disposal.

Ready for action: (Left to right) Walter Mackay, John Ralph

and Alex Elliott at launch last year

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 20:28

Ali on the way home

There’s great news tonight about Inverness Angling Club member Ali Scott who spent three weeks in an induced coma after catching Covid-19. Ali has made such great progress in his rehabilitation in the County Community Hospital in Invergordon that he will be going home on Thursday (June 4).

Ali has shown indomitable spirit in pulling through from such a serious illness. All his mates in the club wish him well and, though it may take a wee while, look forward to welcoming him back to the riverside.

Saturday, 30 May 2020 18:15

Grahams can supply anglers

Grahams of Inverness is currently open from Monday to Friday from 1200 to 1400 hours under a special dispensation for firearms and ammunition. Sales are by appointment.

The tackle shop is happy to take telephone calls during these times for fishing enquiries. It can arrange for purchases to be collected at the door or delivered.

The shop can be contacted on 01463 233178 or through its web site Grahams hopes to be fully open again on Monday, June 15.

Saturday, 30 May 2020 13:21

Sea trout permits

Inverness Angling Club issues a low cost annual permit which covers fishing for sea trout in the lower part of the river, from the Black Bridge to the sea. The permit does not confer membership of the club and all fish caught, other than sea trout, must be released. These permits may be purchased by contacting John Ralph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07702 889841.

Scottish law requires all persons fishing for salmon and sea trout to have written permission in their possession. Holders are reminded that they should carry their permit with them at all times. Failure to do so will result in removal from the river. Anyone fishing without purchasing a permit could be subject to arrest for poaching.

Friday, 29 May 2020 19:11

Observe rules, protect the river

Anglers fishing Inverness Angling Club’s beats on the River Ness are reminded that all salmon and grilse caught over the next few weeks must be released unharmed. The rules, printed in permits, could not be clearer:

“All Ness beats have agreed to extend the catch and release period to June 30.

“From July 1 to October 15 only one cock salmon or grilse weighing 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches or less may be retained per angler per week, with a maximum of two cock fish being retained per angler per season.

“All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches must be released. All coloured and unseasonable fish must also be released.”

Bailiffs are patrolling the river but they have a big area to cover. The club is appealing to all members to check the permits of any anglers they don’t immediately recognise. It’s the only way to ensure that our river and its stock are protected from illegal fishing.

Friday, 29 May 2020 12:10

Conditions testing for first day anglers

Bright sunshine welcomed Inverness Angling Club members back to the River Ness today - but the weather was not what anglers seek for a successful day. Nevertheless, there were smiles on the faces of the few who did venture out as they enjoyed the first chance for a cast for over two months.

The Weir Pool, both sides of the Mill Stream, MacIntyre Pool and the Little Isle saw angling activity, but no reported success. The ‘craic’, as always, was fast and flowing at the Little Isle - with strict adherence to social distancing.

Reopening: Rods out on the Little Isle Pool

Good cast: Stevie Watt tries for trout

Social distancing: (left to right) Dougie Dyce, James Laraway (back), Stevie Watt and Davie Dyce

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