Items filtered by date: April 2018

Prizes boost fly tying for youngsters

Fly tying instruction for young people will benefit from £105 raised in a raffle drawn today (Friday, April 27) at the Little Isle Hut. The prizes were two sets of specially tied IAC Centenary flies mounted on stag horn, plus boxes of salmon flies tied and donated by club president Graham MacKenzie. The winners were Neil Fraser and Kenny Mackenzie, neither of whom were able to be present for the draw which was graciously carried out by club member Geraldine Connah. 

The funds raised will assist instruction and the provision of materials for young novice fly tyers at the club’s classes, which will run in the conference suite of Dow’s Diner on Balloan Road each Wednesday evening from October 31 to February 27. Junior and senior tyers, experienced or inexperienced, or anyone new to angling, will be welcome at the classes. Salmon and trout fly tying will be tutored by experienced tyers. All interested are invited to register with class organiser Alan Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tying trio (left to right): Eric MacLeay, winner of the Centenary fly

tying competition, with Geraldine Connah, who made the draw and

organiser Alex Elliott

Key events - Reminders

Little Isle Prize Draw - Members are invited to the anglers’ hut at the Little Isle pool at 11 am tomorrow (Friday, April 27) when the draw is made for the Centenary flies and two stag horn stands. Additonal prizes are two fly boxes, complete with flies, donated by club president Graham MacKenzie.

Trout League Final - The final of the club’s 2017-18 Winter Trout League will take place at Achagour Trout Fishery on Saturday, May 12. Registration for the four-fish final will be at 9 am, fishing will start at 9.30, lunch break will be at 12.30 and fishing will re-start at 1.30. During fishing, anglers will move position every 45 minutes.

Help wanted

The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board is looking for volunteers to help conduct one of its annual bird counts on Friday (April 27), covering the area of the River Ness from the top of the Red Braes to the harbour. Anyone who is able to assist should contact the board’s head bailiff, John McColl, on 07789 006087.

Gas works will maintain access

Contractors SGN (Gas), who are laying a new gas main along Ness Walk and Bught Road, have assured IAC that access to the anglers’s car park at the Little Isle will be maintained at all times.

In a conversation with president Graham MacKenzie, the SGN project manager advised that the road from the General’s Well area will always be open, but the road downstream from the car park will, at some point, be closed to all traffic with diversions in place.

The gas pipe that crosses the Little Isle Pool will be left in place and will continue to be used for many years. No work will be taking place in the river.

Winning prizes

Centenary flies tied by pupils of Inverness Angling Club’s fly tying class will be up for award next week in a raffle which will help fund instruction for young people. The flies were submitted for a competition to design a fly for IAC’s 100th birthday. There will be two prizes of five flies, stag horn presentation stand and fly box. The draw will take place at the Little Isle Hut at 11 am on Friday, May 27.

Two of the pupils, Donnie Allan and Jamie Urquhart, have already caught salmon on flies they developed during the tying classes.

Top prizes: Student’s flies

18 pounder tops them all

Paul King, a visitor to Inverness Angling Club’s fishings on the River Ness, achieved a personal best at the Weir Pool on Monday. Fishing a Cascade tube fly, Paul landed and released a fresh 18lb springer.

Personal best: Paul’s 18lb springer

Toby does it for Fraser

Inverness Angling Club junior member Fraser Munro landed and released a seven pound salmon from the Cross Hedges on Thursday. The salmon was attracted by that traditional top catcher of fish, the zebra Toby. With three landed on Saturday, it's been a fairly good week for club anglers.

A fine fish for Fraser

Ness on a spring roll

The town water of the River Ness is on a roll with another three fish reported today (Saturday). Martin Nelson got his second of the season with a 10lb fly-caught fresh salmon from the Weir Pool, where Lawrence Deans got his second of the season on Friday. Also on the Weir, Graham Ross enjoyed a brisk tussle with a seven pound salmon which too a tube fly. Both were safely returned. There are reports of a third fish caught by a visitor on the Braes, but confirmation of the detail is awaited.

Spring success: Second for Martin

Lucky for some!

IAC member Lawrence Deans turned the tables on tradition on Friday the 13th with a cracking sea-liced springer from the Weir Pool of the River Ness - his second of the season. The 15.5 lb fish, attracted by a size 8 Cascade style fly, gave Lawrence several heart-stopping moments in a 30-minute battle. It was successfully landed in the deep pool which has been carved out below the new bridge.

Delighted: Lawrence nails his second of the season

Fine fishing on Ruthven

If you fancy a day’s fishing for quality brown trout, Loch Ruthven is one of the best in the Inverness area. Visitors can fish this 368 acre loch by booking Inverness Angling Club’s boat through tackle dealers Grahams of Inverness. And when not being used by visitors - usually most of the time - club members can use it for free Check that it’s available by calling Grahams on 01463 233178.


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