News 2022

News 2022

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 08:51

And so it continues……!

The Weir Pool has delivered more grilse this morning. First from the pool, just under the Holm Bridge, was a six pound cock fish landed and released on a Flying C by John Sutherland. Next was James Buchanan with a similar fish on a Toby. This one was retained.

Down on the MacIntyre, Roy Gibson caught a 5.5lb grilse which was retained as it was bleeding badly. Liam Campbell closed a good day at the Weir Pool with a bright grilse which he retained. Should another fish be caught today the club will equal the total catch for the whole of last season.

Bright grilse: Liam lands a nice one from the Weir

Monday, 08 August 2022 11:06

Week starts well

It was a good start to the week on Inverness Angling Club’s water with the early hours alone seeing three fish landed. Along with catches later in the day, these brought the season’s catch so far to 44 salmon and grilse, compared to the total of 50 recorded in the whole of last season.

Long-time member Jimmy Craib made a successful return to his favoured Mill Stream, landing and releasing a five pound grilse on a Cascade.

The fly was also the right choice for Alex Evans who caught a similar sized grilse on the Weir Pool, landing it under the Holm Bridge. It was attracted by one of his own tied flies and retained.

John Sutherland was back on the Weir Pool this morning before heading to work — landing and releasing another five pound grilse.

For James Buchanan, an associate member of the club who hails from Kirkintilloch, a visit to the Weir also brought a result -- a 3.5lb grilse taken on a Toby just below the bridge and released. Chris Bruce added to his tally with a 4lb grilse which was released. David McDiarmid was also in luck, landing and retaining a seven pound cock fish from the Weir on a yellow Flying C.

Visitors Dave and Jonathan Kowal, all the way from Reading, had an enjoyable day catching some sporty brown trout and sea trout which were released.

Success: One of his own flies got a result for Alex

And more: John lands his sixth fish of the season

Saturday, 06 August 2022 09:40

Grilse run continues

The River Ness is experiencing one of its biggest grilse runs for many years if catches on Inverness Angling Club’s beats are anything to go by. July’s total was 12 grilse while the August total up to Friday was 20. It was more of the same from John Sutherland come Saturday morning. Fishing a silver Toby though the Wei Pool, he caught and released two grilse of five pounds each — raising the August catch so far to 22.

Inverness Angling Club enjoys welcoming visitors from many parts of the country -- and the world. Friday saw Mr B Brighton of New Zealand fish the beats on a day permit. And he was really impressed. He said: "Lovely day, great bunch of guys at the fisherman's hut, plenty fish but unfortunately I didn't hook any. I'll be back next year. Thanks." Glad you had a good time -- Haste ye back!

Saturday, 06 August 2022 08:06

Alan’s lucky morning

Friday (August 5) was a lucky morning for IAC member Alan Davidson on his favourite bit of water at the Little Isle. He caught and released a six pound grilse, with the help of club treasurer and membership secretary John Ralph, then lost another “as my knot gave in”.

Davie Dyce was in action again in the evening, catching and releasing two grilse in Provan’s Pool on the east side of the top island.

Thursday, 04 August 2022 17:21

Three for John

There wasn’t a ‘thumper’ off the Weir Pool for John Sutherland today, but he definitely made a hat-trick. Fishing a silver Toby, he landed three grilse of two pounds, 3.5 pounds and five pounds — a really good result on the club water. The smaller fish were released, the five pounder retained.

The Weir Pool also delivered fly-caught grilse for another two club members -- a four pounder released for Frank Rabbeth and one of 7.5lbs for Alan Douglas, retained. Davie Dyce had a grilse of five pounds which he released in the MacIntyre Pool.

Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:06

Record for Gary

Wednesday got off to an early start with Ken Polus adding to his tally, landing and releasing a fly-caught grilse of three pounds at the Weir. Ross Anderson was also on the mark with a similar sized fish on the same pool, taken on the fly and retained.

The evening saw Gary Goddard reach a satisfying milestone. Fishing the Mill Stream, he caught and released a five pound grilse at 18.40. "That's a new record for me," said Gary, "two fish in one season." `It was caught on a size 10 copper and black Cascade. The evening also brought success for George Mackenzie who landed and released a six pound grilse at the Little Isle.

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 17:15

Grilse from Silver Wells

Following Monday’s fairly busy day on the catch front, things appeared quiet early on in the day. Neil Porter caught a four pound grilse in the Silver Wells. He had intended to release the fish but it was bleeding heavily so it was retained. It was a very good day for Roy Gibson. Turning from fly to the spinner to defeat a strong wind, he caught and released a five pound grilse -- his first fish from the Ness in six years.

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 06:55

Catch returns

Club members are reminded that the best way to register their catches is through the club web site. Click on the Report Catch icon on the home page to bring up an easy-to-complete form and send as instructed.

An alternative is by text but the number given at Rule 5.3 in permits should be ignored. Texts should be sent to treasurer and membership secretary John Ralph at the number given in permits.

Monday, 01 August 2022 19:32

Club acts to keep river clean

The works team of Inverness Angling Club are totally committed to keeping the river and riverside clean and tidy. Part of that is ensuring that they tackle not-so-public areas that some people treat as a dumping ground.

One such area is the lade that runs alongside Island Bank Road which, if clean, could help strengthen the river’s trout and salmon stocks. The team has worked hard to help ensure that the potential of this nursery area is fully realised.

Club secretary James Emery has completed another clean-up operation — and the results are amazing considering that this is the fourth time such a pile of waste has been pulled from the water.

Lade rubbish: Disgusting and dangerous

Monday, 01 August 2022 13:18

Polished pet

A handsome sculpture of a dog, carefully crafted from pine, has drawn hundreds of admirers since it was installed at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness by members of Inverness Angling Club and skilled friends.

It also captured the attention of a retired craftsman who offered to apply his polishing skills to fill in surface cracks in the artistic doggie addition to the club's traditional gathering place. Ian Ward, a native of Nairn, served his time as a French polisher in Inverness.

Ian was delighted to use his 40-year-old ball of beeswax, and hard-won skills, to bring out the best in the sculpture — ready for the result of a naming competition launched by the Inverness Courier.

Master of his craft: Ian Ward enhances the sculpture

Monday, 01 August 2022 10:07

A brace for Ken

IAC member Ken Polus made a great start to the week today. Fishing the fly on the Weir Pool, he landed two fish — a four pound cock grilse which he retained and a six pound hen which he released.

Fish were also taken downstream. Ally Henderson landed and released a seven pound cock grilse in the tail of the McIntyre on a size 12 Cascade. Just below, in the General's Well, Chris Bruce caught and released a four pound grilse. Charlie Dyce completed the day with a seven pound cock grilse from the Little Isle, which he retained.

Success: One of two for Ken

Nice one: Grilse for Ally

Saturday, 30 July 2022 20:44

Fourth for Donnie

The Weir Pool delivered again today for Donnie Urquhart. He hooked and released his fourth fish of the season — a grilse of six pounds — again on a Devon minnow.

Saturday, 30 July 2022 12:56

Grilse for Brian

Another fish was caught on Thursday (July 28) -- a six pound fly-caught grilse retained by Brian McBain on the MacIntyre Pool. Brian was the victim of the changed contact number for texts of catches. The number given in rule 5.3 of the permit should be ignored. Reports through the web site are preferred but texts can be sent to treasurer and membership secretary John Ralph whose number is listed in permits. Brian's catch has now been formally registered.

Friday, 29 July 2022 16:59

Mill delivers

Ness anglers have reported catches of two fish, both taken on the Mill Stream. On Thursday, Gordon MacMillan’s spun minnow attracted a six pound grilse which he retained. A small Dee sheep tube proved successful on Friday for Stephen Urquhart on the west bank, landing a five pound grilse which he released.

Thursday, 28 July 2022 14:57

Prize appeal

Inverness Angling Club is seeking donations of prizes for its raffle at Anglers Corner during the Moy Country Fair on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6. All prizes will be gratefully received. They can be handed in at the Little Isle hut or club officials can be contacted through details in membership cards.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 17:41

Fish for two

Are catches about to become more regular? After two fish were landed on Tuesday, another two were caught at the Weir Pool on Wednesday. Malcolm Stephen landed and retained a six pound grilse while Donnie Urquhart's Devon minnow helped him to continue his successful run with a nine pound salmon which was released.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:38

Donnie’s Devon strikes again

Donnie Urquhart got Inverness Angling Club’s 2022 season off to a start on April 13 with a 16lb salmon caught and released at the Weir Pool. His trusty Devon saw him in action on the Weir Pool again on Tuesday, landing a 6.5lb grilse from the same pool which he retained.

Another fish was landed on Tuesday evening. Working his way down the west bank of the MacIntyre Pool, member Patrick Kerr caught and released a six pound grilse on a minnow.

Although anglers are seeing more fish moving in the river, catches remain quiet. Patrick's fish was the eleventh from the club water so far — not a great total given historic catches. But more rods on the water would increase the chances of more fish being landed.

Monday, 25 July 2022 11:49

Club seeks fair help

Inverness Angling Club has renewed its appeal for volunteers to help run Anglers Corner at the Moy Country Fair. It is key part of the fair — presenting casting competitions, coaching and lots of good craic for anglers from all parts of the country. It has been run by club members for many years.

Volunteers are being sought for two to three hours from 6.30 pm on Wednesday, August 3, to set up facilities. They are also needed to help run Anglers Corner from 09.30 am on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6. Free passes will be provided.

Members who are able to assist in any way, on any of the days, should add their names to the list in the Little Isle hut, or call Bill Byers or James Emery. Their contact numbers are in club membership cards.

Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:44

Early start brings results

Bright conditions and low water have not discouraged some IAC members from seeking that elusive salmon.

An early start today (Thursday) saw Donnie Allan net and release a four pound grilse from the Weir Pool on an Ally's Shrimp. The pool was really ‘showing its bones’ as water levels fell but rain has now helped a little. He also landed a 1.5lb sea trout which he retained for the table.

Netted: Donnie's fish from the Weir

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 13:43

Real art graces the isle

An attractive piece of art will finally grace the Little Isle Pool whose natural beauty was disfigured by the construction of a so-called ‘wall of art’.

A fine canine example of power saw art is now keeping anglers company in front of Inverness Angling Club’s hut. This is the long-term gathering place for locals and visitors before consultant artists for The Highland Council nicked the name for their ill-conceived example.

The timber sculpture - a carved image of a seated Labrador - was rescued and donated by club vice president Steve Watt. It needed a major clean-up and treatment prior to installation in which Steve was assisted by retired builder Willie Macbeath and club member Charlie Dyce. Since its installation it has attracted the attention and appreciation not only of local folk but dozens of visitors on trips into Inverness from cruise ships berthing at the port of Invergordon.

Artistic: The power sawn Labrador graces the Little Isle

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 13:38

Anglers save Highland holiday

Quick action by Inverness anglers will enable a group of young Polish visitors to continue to enjoy their Highland holiday.

The five young ladies were packing up their tent after camping in the beautiful River Ness Islands when a gust of wind took it into the river. Chasing it downstream they called on the help of anglers at the Little Isle who quickly came to the rescue.

Davie Dyce demonstrated his casting skills by hooking the tent and gradually bringing it closer to shore where Donnie Mackay waded in to complete the unusual ‘catch’.

Happy: Nella (left) and Julia with their rescued tent

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 08:42

Stock check

Staff of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board (NDSFB) regularly check stock levels in waters throughout the Ness System. Previous checks in the club water have shown satisfactory stocks of salmon fry and parr.

The board will be electro fishing the club water again this coming Friday (July 22). Any club members interested in observing should meet at the Little Isle hut by 9am, kitted out with wellies or waders.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 08:54

First on fly

Charlie Dyce celebrated his first season fishing the fly yesterday (Monday) with a five pound grilse from the Little Isle. The fish was retained. Bright sunshine discouraged other anglers from venturing out on the river but there was some good craic on the banks.

Friday, 15 July 2022 15:35

Club to secure legal support

The committee of Inverness Angling Club has agreed to subscribe to Fish Legal, the UK organisation founded by ‘legal eagle’ anglers in 1948 to defend and protect the rights of anglers and fisheries. While the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board is a member, the club cannot ‘piggy back’ on that.

The committee hopes that Fish Legal will be able to advise and represent the club in relation to reduced access to its fishings, and in a rent review due in 2024. Other benefits include favourable insurance terms and representations against polluters and developments by planners.

Friday, 15 July 2022 13:36

Works team clears lades

Inverness Angling Club’s works team is making significant progress on key jobs around the club beat, which it manages for Inverness Common Good Fund.

Over recent Sundays, the team — involving vice president Steve Watt and secretary James Emery, with Tony Quinn, Chris Bruce, Davie Dyce, ‘Thumper’ Sutherland and his son — has cleared a small mountain of rubbish from the lade alongside Island Bank Road. The waste included 28 traffic cones, a car tyre and exhaust, a carpenter’s hand saw, clothing and footwear, numerous cans, bottles and plastic bags, along with CDs and a tub of margarine…!

River director Brian Shaw joined James for a walk along the lade recently and spotted a number of parr and a few brownies. Brian and his team plan to electro fish the lade in the next few weeks.

Said James: “Following the works, the increased flow has cleaned some areas and exposed gravel beds which could form future redds. The lade adjacent to the Weir Pool still needs some work. Once done a plan will be developed in line with the Habitat Survey recommendations for using both lades as natural hatcheries and nurseries.”

Rubbish: Just a sample of the items removed

Before: An indication of the task faced

After: A tidy lade ready to receive young fish

Thursday, 14 July 2022 11:12

Ness stalwart passes away

One of the longest-serving members of Inverness Angling Club has passed away, breaking yet another link with past long casting, fish catching stalwarts of the River Ness.

Billy Thomson died in Raigmore Hospital on July 6 at the grand old age of 91. Although unable to fish for a number of years, he was a regular visitor to the Little Isle to contribute to fishy tales. He will be missed by his angling friends.

Arrangements for a private cremation are being made by D Chisholm and Sons.

Monday, 04 July 2022 20:24

Grilse for two

Mondays can be good for salmon fishing with the river having been rested over the weekend. And so it proved for two members of Inverness Angling Club. George Mackenzie hooked and landed his second fish of the season from the Little Isle. The fresh grilse of around four pounds took the favoured fly of last week, a thunder and lightning bottle tube. George attempted to release the fish but his efforts failed so it was retained.

The day was also a good one for Kevin Elliott. Using a yellow tube, he too landed a sparkling grilse from the Little Isle. His fish weighed in at three pounds and was safely released.

Friday, 01 July 2022 13:39

Grilse for Davie

Catches continued on the angling club water of the River Ness this morning following two good salmon landed yesterday. Davie Dyce took to west bank of the MacIntyre Pool where he landed and released a sparkling grilse on the fly.

Thursday, 30 June 2022 16:19

Gary gets lucky

The second salmon of the day, caught at around three pm, came from the Mill Stream. It was lured by a size 8 Red Cascade fly on the rod of Gary Goddard. Weighing around 15lbs, it was safely released.

Good for Gary: A liced fish from the Mill

Thursday, 30 June 2022 13:37

Contractor restores isle beauty

A Highland firm of contractors has worked its magic on the area around the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. Over the last few days, Brandon Landscaping has restored the area to its former beauty — levelling off after the ‘art wall’ construction, installing steps, removing untidy bushes and, finally, laying turf.

The works have been supervised by Robert McCubbin of The Highland Council whose considerate consultation is much appreciated by Inverness Angling Club. The Little Isle is a key part of the fishery the club manages for Inverness Common Good Fund and a popular gathering place for anglers and tourists.


Restored: The bank of the Little Isle

Thursday, 30 June 2022 13:35

President hails clinic support

Following the last session of Inverness Angling Club’s annual Casting Clinics, interim president Bill Byers sent his thanks to all who took part.

“The clinics are an important contribution to trout and salmon angling in the area,” said Bill. “They develop and refine casting skills which help to bring greater enjoyment and success on river and loch.”

Bill had special thanks for the top instructors who give their time to ensuring that the renowned casting skills of Ness anglers are maintained.

“Senior club members taught Scott Mackenzie to cast when he came to the first of the clinics as an 11-year-old some 40 years ago. From there he went on to develop skills that brought him three world Speycasting championships. Frank Durdle and David Mateer have worked hard to hone their skills and qualify as top instructors. All three make an outstanding contribution to our club which is much appreciated.”

Thursday, 30 June 2022 09:45

Early catch for George

Salmon anglers know that an early start can deliver results. And so it proved for George Mackenzie this morning (Thursday). Fishing the Little Isle with a thunder and lightning bottle tube, George landed and released a magnificent fish of 14lbs — just the third salmon from Inverness Angling Club’s beats this season. Let’s hope this signals the start of the summer run.

Thursday, 30 June 2022 09:22

Australian visitor casts a line

While Inverness Angling Club welcomes visitors from many parts of the world each season, the last session of the Casting Clinics included a keen angler from Australia.

On a walk round the Ness Islands on Wednesday, Rod Evans from Orange, New South Wales, got chatting to club vice president Steve Watt as he fished the Little Isle. An invitation to the evening Casting Clinic followed and Rod enjoyed expert speycasting tuition from instructor David Mateer.

Next stops for Rod are Thurso and the Orkney Islands, then on to Mull to complete a comprehensive tour of Scotland. Haste ye back, Rod!

G’day: Rod Evans (centre) with club officials Bill Byers and Steve Watt (left)

and top instructors Scott Mackenzie, Frank Durdle and David Mateer.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 13:28

Works restore Little Isle appeal

Contractors for The Highland Council are doing a splendid job restoring the appeal of the land area of the Little Isle Pool, considered by many to be the most attractive pool of the River Ness.

The area around the anglers’ hut was damaged by the construction of the ‘art wall’ and not corrected on completion of the works.

Steps for angler access to the river have been replaced and foundations have been laid for a tarred path leading to the anglers’ hut. The surrounding area has been expertly prepared for the laying of turf.

The works will make a massive difference to the area, restoring its environmental appeal for anglers and tourists and creating a much more attractive ‘Gathering Place’.


Restored: Steps for angler access

Prepared: Good soil ready for turf

Path: Ready for tar

Sunday, 26 June 2022 19:44

Jewels under threat

Another ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the City of Inverness may be threatened by the inaction of The Highland Council. Many councillors and officials have used the phrase to reassure users and the general public of their commitment to the unique environment of the River Ness and the Ness Islands.

Instead, river banks remain uncut. An unpopular ‘artistic wall’ remains covered in bird droppings. And it is left to Inverness Angling Club to remove large quantities of unsightly rubbish from the lade running alongside the islands adjacent to Island Bank Road — an important nursery for young fish.

Now there are complaints from parents about the state of Whin Park, one of the city’s most popular playgrounds for children. The park is in a state of disrepair. Some playground equipment is not fit for use or has been removed, and the much-loved boats have disappeared from the pond.

The park is also important to anglers, giving access to major salmon pools on the river. The bridge linking the park and the rugby pitches, and leading to the salmon pools above the weir, has been closed as the council has deemed it unsafe.

The Highland Council has indicated that plans are being shaped to bring the park back up to scratch. A spokeswoman said: “The vision is to create a landmark natural play area at this location, making the site more inclusive with a higher play value.” Fine words indeed; let’s hope they lead to early action!

Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:33

Popular pensioner pitches a good line

Kenny ‘Shepherd’ MacKenzie was looking after his angling ‘flock’ at Inverness Angling Club’s Casting Clinic on Wednesday evening.

A club member for over 50 years, Kenny is approaching his 86th birthday. A leg problem means he rarely fishes, but his smiling face and enjoyable craic make him a welcome visitor to the river. His casting at the clinic showed he still has what it takes to be a successful speycaster.

Popular: Kenny at the Little Isle

Monday, 20 June 2022 17:55

Big band event for Bught

Ness anglers are advised that vehicular access to the Little Isle Pool will not be possible this Saturday (June 25) as Bught Road will be closed for Piping Inverness, a major event which is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the city.

The event includes the European Pipe Band Championships and Highland Dancing competitions, bringing 100 bands with over 3,000 pipers to the Bught Park.

Monday, 20 June 2022 13:34

Club seeks volunteers for Fair return

Following an enforced two-year break, the Highland Field Sports Fair returns in August, with a revamped identity. The Moy Country Fair will take place on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, on its traditional site at Moy Hall, to the south of Inverness.

Inverness Angling Club will continue to run the popular Anglers Corner, presenting casting competitions, coaching and lots of good craic for anglers from all parts of the country.

The club committee is seeking volunteers for two to three hours from 6.30 pm on Wednesday, August 3, to set up facilities. Volunteers are also needed to help run Anglers Corner from 09.30 am on the Friday and Saturday.

Members who are able to assist in any way should add their names to the list in the hut at the Little Isle.

On the loch: Casting competiton and coaching at Anglers Corner

Friday, 10 June 2022 21:27

A place to sit?

The wall built at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness, supposedly in the name of art, has prompted lots of comments — not all of them positive. And it would seem that the local bird life is also expressing a fairly negative opinion.

The original artist’s impressions showed the wall as a place to sit and enjoy the river views. Few would choose to do that in its current state!

Art?: Perhaps the birds disagree

Friday, 03 June 2022 09:50

Guide to reporting red skin disease

Fishery and environmental organisations have taken steps to standardise clinical reporting of red skin disease (RSD) in salmon.

With the help of NDSFB river director Brian Shaw, IAC interim secretary James Emery has placed copies of the guide (Red Skin Disease in wild Atlantic salmon — a severity field guide) in club huts.

The guide will support ongoing monitoring of RSD across salmon rivers. It will also serve to distinguish this emerging condition from other, frequently observed skin lesions in migratory salmonids.

Wednesday, 01 June 2022 22:35

Clinics develop casting skills

Anglers gathered at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Wednesday evening to learn or refine casting skills for salmon and trout at Casting Clinics staged by Inverness Angling Club.

Enthusiastic junior and senior anglers made significant progress in developing their skills under the tutelage of instructors Frank Durdle and David Mateer, and club coaches.

The series of clinics continues each Wednesday evening in June. All are welcome and tackle will be provided.

Starting young: James and Alexander build thier trout casting skills

On the river: Seniors learn Speycasting techniques

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 17:02

Welcome return for Casting Clinics

Inverness Angling Club will relaunch its popular Casting Clinics at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Wednesday (June 1) after a Covid-enforced break of two years.

Top casters, including three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, will introduce novices to casting techniques and help experienced anglers to develop their skills. He will be supported by leading instructors Frank Durdle and David Mateer, and club coaches.

The clinics, including trout casting on the adjacent Bught Park, will run from 7 to 9 pm each Wednesday — June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Tackle can be provided.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 17:32

Closing date for Conon

This Friday (May 27) is the last chance to submit the names of junior club members for the guided days fishing on the Coul beats of the River Conon. It is also the last day for senior members to purchase raffle tickets to get a chance to fish the beats.

Junior nominations should be submitted to treasurer John Ralph, who also holds the remaining raffle tickets for the events. He can be contacted on 07702 889841 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 23 May 2022 19:15

Take care of your boat

Members of Inverness Angling Club are fortunate to have access to the renowned trout fishings of Loch Ruthven. Use of the club boat is now restricted to members and free to use.

Along with that, however, comes the responsibility of individual members to take care of the club’s resource. The stern anchor, which has been broken, will be replaced soon. Meanwhile, the boat is securely held by the prow anchor.

The club requests that all users should leave the boat and its oars secured as they find it. If they find anything damaged or untoward, they should take photos before taking it out and advise James Emery on 07798 922140 or Grahams when finished fishing. If serious, they should phone immediately.

Friday, 20 May 2022 14:53

Works party this Sunday

Following last Sunday’s bank works party another is planned for this Sunday (May 22). Volunteers should text their contact details to secretary James Emery (07798 922140) and meet at the Little Isle Hut at 0945.

Members are reminded that all bank works must be approved by the bank maintenance committee. This is particularly relevant for trees; anything more than 75mm diameter and 1.75 metres in height should not be cut. In some cases such works could require the committee to seek the approval of The Highland Council.

Friday, 20 May 2022 14:52

Willing to help?

Inverness Angling Club has formed a bank management sub-committee to take care of the annual works necessary to keep the banks of the club’s River Ness beats clean and tidy.

Steve Watt, James Emery, Chris Bruce and Donnie Allan lead the team but additional volunteers will be welcome throughout the season. If you are willing to help, text your details to James Emery at 07798 922140.

If there is a structural engineer within the club membership, we are looking for their specialist help to assess the state of the car park by the Mill Stream, behind Holm Mills Shopping Centre.

The park — formed by a platform over a lade which used to drive looms — is currently closed for safety reasons. The club is anxious to assess whether the crumbling surface can be repaired to allow it to be reopened to members.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 13:06

Council moves to control isle parking

Parking problems at the anglers’ car park by the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness may be on the way to being resolved.

Interim club president Bill Byers recently intervened to stop the marking of two bays for motorhomes, which The Highland Council has confirmed was not its intention. Council officers have also confirmed that once they secure a Traffic Regulation Order motorhomes will be banned from parking in the Little Isle car park.

The council plans to introduce a park and pay machine at the Little Isle, but there will be no charge for anglers. Club members who use the Little Isle will be able to apply for a special car window sticker which will confirm their status to wardens.

Home from home?: Hopefully, not for much longer

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 13:54

Grilse for Davey

An Ally’s Shrimp attracted the first fresh fish of the season for Davey Dyce today at the Little Isle. The grilse, weighing an estimated two pounds, was safely released. It was the second fish of the season from Inverness Angling Club’s beats but, hopefully, a sign that more will arrive soon.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 20:19

Isle bank works begin

Improvements to the area of the Little Isle have taken a wee step forward. Contractors for The Highland Council have replaced benches and the rod rest removed when work began on the construction of the ‘infamous’ wall.

The council is also committed to tidying up the wider area around the angler’s hut, which still resembles a building site. A start is awaited.

Restored: Club benches and rod rack at the Little Isle

Monday, 16 May 2022 19:37

Too good to miss!

There’s still a chance for Inverness Angling Club members to take advantage of a special offer from the Coul Fishings of the River Conon.

Seniors purchasing £20 raffle tickets could win the chance to fish the top beats of the Coul water. The dates on the tickets will offer fishing for four rods on July 4, 5 and 6 and another four rods on July 7, 8 and 9. IAC’s John Ralph will hold four books of five raffle tickets for sale while six five ticket books will be available through Grahams tackle shop.

The Coul Fishings are also giving junior members of angling clubs the chance to fish this excellent salmon water. Clubs, including IAC, are being invited to nominate junior members to fish on August 22, 23 and 24.

Monday, 02 May 2022 14:10

Take your litter home!

Litter anywhere is offensive but when it affects the beauty of our riversides and presents dangers to wildlife it is simply unacceptable. Litter left by careless anglers can be especially dangerous, causing the entanglement and death of birds and animals.

Long lengths of nylon line was collected from the right bank of the Weir Pool recently, together with empty cans and plastic bottles discarded under the seat and into the lade behind. Similar littering is often found at other points along the riverside.

Inverness Angling Club appeals to all members and visitors: Please — Take pride in your river and take your litter home!


A beautiful river: Let's keep it that way

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 17:17

Club to relaunch Casting Clinics

Covid put paid to Inverness Angling Club’s dedication to helping young and not so young to develop their casting techniques. But the time for passing on casting skills is set to return.

The club plans to relaunch its popular Casting Clinics in June — staging them at the Little Isle Pool and the adjacent Bught Park from 7 to 9pm each Wednesday (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29). Any further details will be confirmed during May.

International champion casters and qualified coaches will pass on their skills — speycasting on the river and trout casting on the park. All equipment will be provided, courtesy of top manufacturers LOOP and other kind donors.

All are welcome — club membership is not required. But we hope that anyone getting to grips with casting will want to continue and join us. Free membership is available to young folk of 17 and under. They can collect their permits from Graham and Company in Castle Street. The web site holds application forms for 18 and over.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 16:41

Care for your catch

As the importance of conserving our stocks of migratory fish like salmon and sea trout grows, Inverness Angling Club is asking all members and visitors to its water to handle fish with the greatest of care.

The club understands the enthusiasm of anglers to take pictures of their catch, but they should take the greatest care of the fish in doing so. Fish should be kept in the water, preferably in a net and not lying on gravel, while hooks are carefully released.

That’s when the snap can be taken by a fellow angler or by the successful fisher. All fish to be released should be treated this way, giving salmon and sea trout — fresh and kelts — the best chance to run the river, spawn and return to the sea, perhaps to make further spawning runs.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 18:05

Feisty start for new member

A new member of Inverness Angling Club had a bit of excitement on the MacIntyre Pool of the River Ness this morning. Arran Cameron hooked and landed a feisty fish which came to a black and yellow tube fly. Unfortunately for Arran, the fish was a well mended kelt sea trout making its way back to the sea. It was safely released.

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 13:48

Angling loses a gentle man

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Tom Anderson, at the age of 92. A real ‘gentleman of the river’, Tom was devoted to angling and to the River Ness.

While recent ill health curtailed his visits to the river, he graced its banks for decades, landing many salmon and, in his quiet way, developing close friendships with many fellow fishers.

Tom will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Inverness Angling Club sends its sincere condolences to his wife, Joyce, and family. His funeral service will be held in the funeral home of John Fraser & Son, Chapel Street, Inverness, at 9.30 am on Thursday, April 28.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 14:22

First of the year!

It was the catch of the day for long term Inverness Angling Club member Donnie Urquhart today (April 13) — and the first salmon of the year from the club water.

Fishing the Weir Pool with a Devon minnow, Donnie had a half hour battle with a fish estimated at 16 to 18 pounds. it was landed under the Holm bridge with the help of fellow club member Malcolm (Maz) Stephen and duly released.

Monday, 11 April 2022 20:21

Raffle offer for Coul Fishings

The Coul Fishings of the River Conon are repeating their highly successful charity and junior events of last season. Last year’s raffle for seniors raised £1,620 for the Missing Salmon Alliance.

Seniors purchasing £20 raffle tickets could win the chance to fish the top beats of the Coul water. The dates on the tickets will offer fishing for four rods on July 4, 5 and 6 and another four rods on July 7, 8 and 9. Last year’s anglers landed 15 fish and hooked and lost many more.

IAC treasurer and membership secretary John Ralph will hold four books of five raffle tickets for sale while six five ticket books will be available through Grahams tackle shop.

The Coul Fishings are also giving junior members of angling clubs the chance to fish this excellent salmon water. Clubs, including IAC, are being invited to nominate junior members to fish on August 22, 23 and 24.

Sunday, 03 April 2022 17:53

Help track seal presence

The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board is seeking the help of anglers in recording seal sightings on the Ness system via a new app. River director Brian Shaw explains: “Recording sightings and evidence of seal presence in rivers is an important element of management. The app is easy to use, has a mapping function so that the location can be recorded and sends a record to the Scottish Fisheries Coordination Centre.”

Download and install the app ArcGis Survey123 from the Android Play store or the iPhone store, using the following link. On opening follow the seal reporting section.


Sunday, 03 April 2022 17:16

Trout ahoy!

Members of Inverness Angling Club can get free access to the famous Loch Ruthven from tomorrow as the club boat launches for the season.

Vice president Stevie Watt, secretary James Emery and Chris Bruce released the boat from winter storage and launched it on the loch on Saturday,

Bookings for the boat on this famed trout loch can be made through tackle dealers Grahams of Inverness.

Ready for trouting: The IAC boat is launched on Loch Ruthven

Friday, 01 April 2022 11:05

Club seeks assurances on screw operation

Committee members of Inverness Angling Club paid a site visit to the Archimedes Screw development this past week, seeking assurances on several points. But some concerns remain unresolved.

The Highland Council restricted the size of the delegation as the area is still a building site. Attending were president Bill Byers, vice president Stevie Watt, secretary James Emery and treasurer and membership secretary John Ralph.

Key concerns that remain unresolved are the potential speed of the water flowing from the twin screws into the top of the Mill Stream, and restoration of the angler access to the river above the development.

Only one of the two screws was operating at the time of the visit and water flow had dropped from previous high levels. There is concern that high output from the screws during higher water conditions could threaten the safety of anglers fishing the west bank of the Mill Stream. Council officials also appear reluctant to consider a klaxon to warn anglers when the unit starts generating.

Club officials are also concerned by the low water levels in the Electric Burn which holds stocks of protected juvenile trout, salmon and lampreys. This will be referred to the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board which has conducted rescues at the burn in previous low water conditions.

Thursday, 31 March 2022 20:39

Rock the river!

This year marks the first UK tour for the Jack Fletcher Band, a four-piece indie/rock outfit from Wolverhampton. The Scottish leg kicks off at Inverness next Wednesday, April 6, at the Tooth and Claw. But singer/guitarist Jack Fletcher, guitarist George Hadley, bassist Henry Bradley and drummer Tom Robinson will also be taking the stage at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness.

Chis Daphne of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board is a fan of the band and knew the guys were keen to try their hand at game fishing while in the area. With the help of IAC members, the musicians will be shooting some lines at the Little Isle around 1300 hours on Wednesday.

Tickets for their gig are available here:
Check their music out at:
The band’s website address is:

Sunday, 20 March 2022 21:48

Club loses committed member

The Inverness angling community has suffered another grievous loss with the passing of John MacIntyre. A long term IAC supporter from a young age through to concessionary membership, John (86) enjoyed fishing the club water and, in the 1970s, with a group of friends as a partner in a boat on Loch Ness. He also served on the club committee.

The club sends its sincere condolences to John’s family. His funeral service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, March 24, in the funeral home of William T. Fraser and Son, Culduthel Road, Inverness.

Saturday, 19 March 2022 11:12

News updates

Huts: IAC’s riverside huts will reopen from Monday (March 21) after deep cleaning. Members are asked to act responsibly in use of the huts — don’t crowd together inside and clean them down after use. Hand sanitiser and cleaning materials will be provided.

Catch Reports: Members and visitors are asked to note that the number for catch reports made by text has been changed. They should be sent to John Ralph on 07702 889841. Clearly, It is not possible to make the change on permits already issued but permits not yet issued will be amended. The preferred method of catch reports is via the club web site.

Loch Ruthven: The club boat is expected to be launched for the trout season on Loch Ruthven by April 1. A note will be posted here when the boat is available.

Saturday, 12 March 2022 11:20

Club supports wild trout

Inverness Angling Club has continued its long term donation of two week’s fishing permits in the annual auction staged by the Wild Trout Trust. Details of the auction, and the chance to participate for a wide range of fishing-related lots, can be seen here:

Sunday, 06 March 2022 14:29

Riverwoods: An Untold Story

This is the title of a feature-length documentary which will capture the interest of salmon anglers and all those with a concern for the countryside.

Three years in the making by the charity ‘Scotland: The Big Picture’, Riverwoods, say the producers, “shines a light on the perilous state of Scotland’s salmon and tells the compelling story of an inextricable relationship between fish and forest.”

The film begins a sponsored Scotland-wide screening tour in Edinburgh on March 18 - a tour which includes Aviemore, Drumnadrochit and Fort William — but, strangely, no screening in Inverness. Perhaps those with an interest in the River Ness should get together to sponsor a screening. See a trailer and detail through the following link:

Friday, 04 March 2022 18:30

Council commits to improve Little Isle area

Inverness Angling Club has secured a commitment from The Highland Council to restore areas damaged by work on the ‘gathering place art scheme’ at the Little Isle Pool.

Visitors walking through the area have created hardened earth paths alongside the wall. Grass seed sown throughout the area following construction has not taken. Club seats, a rod rack and steps installed by the club have not been replaced. And part of the main public pathway has succumbed to regular flooding.

The planned works will include tarred paths alongside the wall and each side of the club hut, and the restoration of club seats and rod rack.


Unsightly: (above and below) The area around the club hut has become a muddy mess


Replacements: Seats and a rod rack will be placed in the grass area in front of the wall

Access: Steps will be replaced in this area to ease exit from the river

Flood: Drainage will be introduced to remove this large pool which hinders public passage

Thursday, 03 March 2022 16:55

Son thanks club for friendship to late father

Inverness Angling Club has just received the sad news of the passing of a former member, Richard Collins, who worked at the Fish Diagnostic Unit at Drummond Hill, Inverness, before retiring to Dunblane.

Looking back on his life, his son David writes: “It is obvious that fishing was one of his greatest loves, and we, his family, are very grateful for the time he spent with you, on your waters, and your friendship. At those times, he was happy.” Messages to the family may be sent to mobile 07738 801333.


Tuesday, 01 March 2022 17:11

River activity picks up

As the weather warms a little, more IAC members are having a cast for much sought-after spring salmon — despite rather heavy water conditions.

The Little Isle Pool of the River Ness is always popular, although the right bank of the Weir Pool tends to be the most productive part of the river in the spring. The left bank of the Mill Stream, by Whin Park, is also worth a cast.

Club membership to date totals 171, including 87 seniors, 31 concessionary, 30 associates and 23 juniors. Anglers who have not yet renewed their membership should do so before the end of March to avoid paying a £20 penalty.

New members are always welcome. Details of fees and application forms can be found on this web site. From the home page, go to to Fishing/Permits/River Ness permits.

Friday, 11 February 2022 13:52

Club sends sympathies to Andy

Members of Inverness Angling Club express their sincere condolences to honorary vice president Andy Massari on the death of his partner, Barbara Wood. Their sympathies are also extended to Barbara’s family. Barbara was a regular and cheery visitor to the club beats of the River Ness, and to club events. She will be missed by many.

The funeral service will take place at 12.30 on Thursday, February 17, in the funeral home of William T Fraser and Son, Culduthel Road, Inverness, thereafter to Kilvean Cemetery.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 12:52

IAC opens salmon season

It was a windy start for Inverness anglers today (February 1) as they gathered at the Mill Stream Pool of the River Ness for the opening of the 2022 salmon season.

The river was blessed with a dram of malt whisky by Neil Souter, manager of opening day sponsors Holm Mills Shopping Village. Interim president Bill Byers then invited club member Geraldine Connah to take the first cast of the season. Despite the troublesome wind, she did a fine job.

The morning closed with lots of friendly chat over tea, coffee and bacon rolls kindly provided by our sponsors in the Mill restaurant.

Opening march: Anglers follow the piper to the river

First cast: Geraldine Connah opens the season

For the record: STV films proceedings

Hot stuff: Sandy Paterson, Eric MacLeay and David Mateer enjoy the refreshments


Monday, 31 January 2022 22:23

A wee reminder!

The 2022 salmon fishing season kicks off on the River Ness on Tuesday (February 1) with Inverness Angling Club staging a traditional ceremony at the Mill Stream Pool.

Anglers, as the supreme optimists, are looking forward to a season in which catches will be way above the 50 salmon and grilse caught on the club water during 2021.

Members, family and friends are invited to the opening at 10 for 1030 am. Once the river is blessed with a dram of whisky, and lady member Geraldine Connah takes the first cast, coffee, tea and bacon rolls will be served by staff of sponsors Holm Mills
Shopping Village in the Mill restaurant.

Friday, 14 January 2022 14:27

Government takes action on salmon

The Scottish Government has published a Scottish Wild Salmon Strategy which aims to halt the decline in salmon stocks in the country’s rivers and lochs. Priority themes for action are:

  • Improving the condition of rivers and giving salmon free access to cold, clean water
  • Managing exploitation through effective regulation, deterrents and enforcement
  • Understanding and mitigating pressures in the marine and coastal environment
  • Making a positive contribution through international collaborations
  • Developing a modernised and fit for purpose framework

The full strategy document can be downloaded at:

Thursday, 13 January 2022 11:35

Opening honour goes to lady angler

An enthusiastic lady member of Inverness Angling Club will have the honour of taking the first cast of the 2022 salmon season on the club beat of the River Ness.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Mill Stream Pool at 1000 for 1030 hours on Tuesday, February 1. Interim president Bill Byers will invite Neil Soutar, manager of sponsors Holm Mills Shopping Centre, to bless the water in traditional fashion. He will then call on Geraldine Connah to take the opening cast.

Geraldine has much to say about the help, consideration and kindness of club members since she decided to devote her energies to salmon angling nearly five years ago. Instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle, and other club members, have helped her to develop her Speycasting abilities — and to catch two fine salmon in the process.

A proud Scot, born in Stirlingshire, Geraldine spent most of her working life in England before deciding to retire to Inverness with husband Stephen 14 years ago.

“We felt at home from the moment we arrived here,” said Geraldine. “The people are warm and welcoming. And I admire the commitment of anglers to the club, the work they do to maintain the river banks and the time they devote to helping our junior membership.”

Geraldine with her first salmon, accompanied by instructor David Mateer

Saturday, 08 January 2022 15:53

Mill Stream car park closed

IAC club members and visitors are advised that the car park by the riverside behind the Holm Mills Shopping Centre will be closed to motor vehicles until further notice. But the area will remain open to pedestrians.

There is concern about significant deterioration of the concrete surface near the club hut. This poses a risk that parts of the surface could collapse under the weight of cars. Experts are being called in to assess the condition of the area. Meantime, anglers are asked to use the marked car parking areas at the shopping centre, but to avoid the long lanes designed for buses.

Saturday, 08 January 2022 09:29

Ness board appoints new director

The newly-appointed director of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board (NDSFB) has committed to “working closely with anglers and landlords to drive forward the best future possible for the Ness.”

Brian Shaw, latterly senior biologist to the Spey Salmon Fishery Board, said: “There will be challenges but I’m ready for them. My prime interests have always been wild fish and environmental issues. There are issues to be worked through in relation to renewable energy developments as well as the Caledonian Canal’s proximity.”

Mr Shaw succeeds Chris Conroy who is leading an Atlantic Salmon Trust project in Sutherland.

Neil Cameron, who has succeeded Michael Martin as chairman of the NDSFB, said: “Brian brings a fresh view as well as considerable insight and expertise to the Ness. His track record suggests he can play a vital role as we all work together to face up to the local effects of a global salmon crisis.”

Saturday, 01 January 2022 10:51

Happy New Year 2022

Inverness Angling Club wishes all its members and friends all the best for 2022 - and tight lines for the season!

Friday, 17 December 2021 17:48

Club permits now available

A potentially long delay in the production of Inverness Angling Club’s membership cards has been overcome and cards are now available. Current members can get their permits from Grahams of Inverness in Castle Street by showing their 2021 cards.

Club permits need a range of coloured paper stock for different membership categories. The availability of these was threatened by Covid-related production and delivery problems. But a determined effort by staff at the club’s printers finally managed to secure sufficient for club needs.

New members should apply for 2022 permits by completing the application forms on the web site at Home/Permits/River Ness permits.


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