News 2021

News 2021

Friday, 26 March 2021 12:21

Saving our salmon

The Moray Firth Smolt Tracking Project continues this year in a concerted bid to find answers to the decline of Atlantic salmon stocks. Led by the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST), the research has united the salmon fishing world as never before.

Scotland’s rivers are home to 90 per cent of the UK’s salmon population. For every 100 young salmon that go to sea, only five return as adult fish. The AST fears that numbers are dropping so dramatically that, at the current rate, the wild Atlantic salmon could disappear by the middle of the century.

Ness District Salmon Fishery Board has joined other boards and fishery organisations to secure information that could lead to answers to the decline.

The board’s team has just deployed the final acoustic receivers for this year's project. A total of 16 receivers have been positioned throughout the Ness river and canal system, enabling the tracking of juvenile salmon smolts as they leave their natal river and head out into the Moray Firth.

Monday, 22 March 2021 18:06

Popular writer and angler passes away

It is with the deepest regret that we have to report the death of Inverness Angling Club member Laurence Ford, a much respected journalist who reported angling matters in his Highland News column for many years. Laurence (71) followed in the traditions set by John Cathcart whose weekly ‘Black Shrimp’ column was required reading for hundreds of local anglers. Laurence upheld those traditions in perfect prose.

He passed away peacefully at his Inshes home on Sunday, surrounded by his family to whom club members send their deepest sympathies. The funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 31, in the funeral home of William T Fraser and Son, Culduthel Road, under Government guidelines, and thereafter to Daviot Cemetery. The service will be streamed live through the William T Fraser web site.

Writer and angler: Laurence's column brought angling news to hundreds

Monday, 15 March 2021 15:13

New bench hides a mystery

Inverness Angling Club counts itself lucky to have a strong team of anglers who apply a range to skills to maintaining the riverside.

These skills include the construction and maintenance of benches which provide valuable points for resting between fishing sessions and having a chat with fellow members. They are also much appreciated by members of the public strolling the riverside.

But it seems the team has been joined by a mystery craftsman who has built and installed a superb new bench on the west bank of the Mill Stream, adjacent to Whin Park. Whoever you are, many thanks, as the old bench was in need of repairs. Your contribution is much appreciated.


Nice work: But who built the bench?

Friday, 12 March 2021 14:09

Club loses faithful member

Finlay MacGillivray, a keen long-term member of Inverness Angling Club, has died at the age of 80.

For many years, Finlay was a familiar figure on the east bank of the club’s River Ness fishings where he would put in fairly long shifts fishing through the Weir Pool and down the Mill Stream.

The club sends its deepest condolences to his wife June and to their family of Finlay, Kevin, Graham, Mark, Shirley and Ruth.

Monday, 22 February 2021 17:21

Board seeks bird count help

Several volunteers are required to assist the annual bird count carried out by the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. Those who wish to help should contact president Alex Elliott. Contact details are listed in club membership cards.

The fishery board is able to control fish eating birds such as mergansers and goosanders, working to specific terms of annual licences based on numbers of the birds in the river system.

Friday, 05 February 2021 17:34

Temporary path closure

The footpath from the west of the Holm Mills Bridge up to the Caledonian Canal towpath will be closed temporarily from 0800 hours on Monday (February 8).

This is to allow the safe construction of a path that will allow pedestrians, cycles and wheelchairs to go under the bridge and access either the West Link footpaths or the canal towpath.

The closure will last for a maximum of five days. Pedestrian access will be maintained under the bridge, up the set of steps adjacent to the bridge and along to the existing access to the towpath.

Shut down: This path will be closed for five days. Acces to the canal towpath

will be via the steps on the immediate right

Monday, 01 February 2021 12:07

President toasts opening day

A snowy scene met Inverness anglers today (February 1) as they ventured out for a cast on the opening day of the Ness salmon season. With the opening celebration cancelled because of the coronavirus, club president Alex Elliott made the traditional toast to the river at the Mill Stream Pool.

He said: “It was disappointing to call off the opening day gathering but we were not prepared to risk the health of members. There is always a good attendance of anglers and their families and we missed them today, as well as Holm Mills manager Neil Soutar who usually sponsors the event.”

With the Ness running at a perfect level, anglers braved the heaviest snowfall of the winter to fish the Weir, Mill Stream, Macintyre and Little Isle Pools. There is always the hope of making contact with a springer running to the Moriston, Oich and Garry.

Blessing: Alex Elliott’s opening day toast is recorded by Inverness Courier photographer Calum Mackay

First cast: Alex wets a line and looks forward to a successful season

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 16:44

A membership reminder

As advised towards the end of the year, anglers seeking to renew or apply for membership of Inverness Angling Club for the 2021 season should do so through membership secretary John Ralph.

This followed the opening restrictions placed on shops like Inverness tackle dealers Grahams, a main point for membership renewal. John can be contacted by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alernatively, he can be called on 01463 718010 or 07702889841. Please don't call after 8 pm.

Official information on membership of Inverness Angling Club can only be found on the club’s web site. Any similar web sites are not recognised by the club and have no role in presenting club or membership information.

Friday, 15 January 2021 17:07

River opening ceremony cancelled

Inverness Angling Club advises members and visitors that no formal ceremony will be staged for the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Ness town fishings on Monday, February 1.

President Alex Elliott said: “The club committee feels that any gathering for an opening ceremony would flout current Covid-19 regulations and risk the health of those attending.

“Angling is permitted under current regulations and fishermen value the contribution it makes to their physical and mental health. Many of us will have been looking forward to getting out on the river for a cast.”

He added: “If you do go out on opening day, it’s important that you observe strict social distancing and sanitise your gear and hands after using any riverside installations. All huts will remain closed until further notice.”

Friday, 15 January 2021 14:51

Parking plans proposed for Little Isle

Negotiations continue with The Highland Council to maintain angler access to the Fisherman’s car park at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness.

Council plans to introduce metered parking have caused Inverness Angling Club some concerns about the availability of traditionally free parking adjacent to one of the top salmon pools on the town fishings.

It is hoped that an early meeting with the council will secure a free parking arrangement for anglers. This would be secured by an appropriate windscreen display for parking wardens who will police the car park. Once approved, the ticket would be available to members and visiting anglers on application to the club.

Friday, 15 January 2021 14:49

Club renews board duty

Harry Fraser will represent the interests of Inverness Angling Club on the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. As a member of the club committee, Harry has taken a particular interest in the work of the board, attending open meetings over the past couple of years.

Friday, 08 January 2021 09:33

Club loses dedicated member

Anglers who are regulars on the west bank of the MacIntyre Pool of the River Ness will be sad to hear of the passing of Alastair Macdonald. A long-term member of Inverness Angling Club, Alistair (88) was nicknamed ‘The Ghost’ for his quiet manner and style of fishing, His dedication to the river and the club was such that he wrote and self-published a book on the fishings. The club sends its deepest condolences to his wife Anne and family.

Thursday, 31 December 2020 16:10

A new year dawns

It has been a tough year. All of us have faced the possibility of contracting a dangerous virus. Some have caught it and come through. Others have suffered the most serious consequences. Tomorrow will see the start of a new year in which vaccines offer real hope for the future, and economic and social recovery.

In the great scheme of things, fishing may seem insignificant. For many of us, however, it makes an important contribution to physical and mental wellbeing. Regulations may prevent us from picking up a rod for a cast on the River Ness opening day on February 1. We shall have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Inverness Angling Club sends its best wishes to members, and anglers far and wide, for a successful and enjoyable season on river and loch. Stay safe - tight lines!

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