President’s Report for 2020

In his annual report, normally presented to the club’s AGM, president Alex Elliott says it’s been an honour to serve the interests of Inverness Angling Club over 2020, albeit through a tough year when Covid-19 brought dangers and restrictions few of us imagined.

“Those dangers struck home when popular member Ali Scott suffered the most serious impact of the virus. Happily, he came through that and is now making a good recovery. Sadly, several current and previous members passed away during the year - Cas Slaney, Dale Hunter, Harry Watson, Davie MacMillan and Charlie Findlay. Most recently we lost Mary Dyce, head of the well known fishing family and a dedicated supporter of the club.

“Covid forced the closure of the club fishings on March 25 but reopened on May 29 when restrictions were eased. All three of our riverside huts remain closed - a decision taken with regret but necessary to maintain social distancing. We appreciate members’ patience in coping with this, but hut closure will be essential as long as Covid poses a threat.

“On a different note, the committee decided to abandon negotiations with The Highland Council about a replacement hut at the Little Isle. Over two years of discussions and designs had led nowhere, and the committee felt that the investment proposed by the council - compared to the club’s modest proposals - was excessive and would best be utilised elsewhere.

“Fishing proved fairly tough and it wasn’t until July 4 that the first fish of the season was landed. The honour went to associate member John Mallin of Dulnain Bridge, who landed and released an 18 pound specimen from the Weir Pool. Catches continued to be sporadic but the final total was 140 salmon and grilse, a good increase on the 2019 catch of 74 but still well behind the 274 landed in 2018.

“With the new one-way system introduced on Bught Road, and plans to charge for parking in the Fishermen’s Car Park at the Little Isle, the committee is negotiating with Highland Council for space for anglers’ cars.

“The club boat on Loch Ruthven was well used during the year, being out most days, and it is now laid up for maintenance over the close season. We have also concluded arrangements for the storage of all of the club’s equipment in one place - a container unit at the Citadel. This made real sense as valuable tools had been stored in the garages of various members. We are grateful for their help and forbearance over the years.

“The club is in a good membership and financial position and our aim is to maintain this over the next year. But as a reward to members for their patience in difficult circumstances over the year, 2021 membership fees will be reduced by a third for those who held 2020 permits. I wish you good health, the best festive season circumstances allow and an enjoyable and productive 2021 season.


Inverness Angling Club

Ness Walk

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