Items filtered by date: August 2018

‘Exceptional’ visitors

FishPal visitors continue to praise the Ness fishings of Inverness Angling Club. Ewan MacGregor from Falkirk and Anthony Smith of Moray didn’t catch any fish on their visit but both described the value for money as ‘exceptional’. Ewan said: “The local anglers were very sociable and imparted river knowledge freely, which was most welcome. I caught no fish but had a lovely day.” Anthony said: “Excellent fly water, great value.”

Tough fish

Just three fish were reported from the club water up to close of play tonight (August 25), all on the fly. During the day, Chris Bruce had a fish of five pounds from the Silver Wells and one of six pounds from the Black Stream, a strong fish which gave him a feisty fight. The same was true at the right bank tail of the Little Isle in the darkening, when Alan Scott had an exciting battle with a five pound fish, eventually netted and released.

Success for visitors and locals

Ken McKie is a regular visitor to Inverness Angling Club’s water from his home in Carlisle, and this morning (|August 24) he got just reward. Fishing down through the Mill Stream into the top of the MacIntyre Pool right bank, Ken hooked and landed a magnificent 7.75 lb cock salmon on the fly. On the same side, Pete Murray from Munlochy also had a good tussle with an 11 lb hen fish, duly released. But the day really belonged, once again, to George Macdonald who landed his first ever salmon at the Little Isle on Thursday. The Little Isle today delivered again for George - a fly caught six pounder from the top of the pool. A two pound grilse fell to the rod of Tommy Paterson.

After fishing through the MacIntyre Pool without result, Donnie Cameron moved down to the General’s Well where he met success in the shape of a five pound grilse. Chris Bruce landed another two from the Black Stream, weighing in at four and seven pounds, while Donald MacPherson Snr had a fish of four pounds from his favourite spot at the Cross Hedges.

Happy days

Thursday (August 23) was a good day on the Ness club water, although light on numbers. Davie Dyce raised his season’s total to 19 salmon and grilse with a cracking 13 pound fish on fly which gave him a merry dance on the Silver Wells. George Macdonald got his first salmon, a 7.5 pounder taken on the fly from the tail of the Little Isle. The isle also produced a four pound grilse for David Crerar and two fish of four and six pounds for Jim McDowall.

Another reason to be happy was that Scottish Water had to be called in to repair the waste water and sewer pipe at the Little Isle when it was broken by gas contractors installing a new main on Bught Road. Hopefully, the repair will reduce overflows and the resultant pollution during heavy rain.

More from isle

The Little Isle Pool of the River Ness produced three of the six salmon caught on the club water today (August 22). Davie Dyce had a fish of eight pounds on a black and orange minnow from the tail of the pool. Bill Byers had a grilse of four pounds on a silver stoat and Alistair Scott had a five pounder, also on the fly. Ally Henderson had a fly-caught fish of seven pounds from the Legion Pool and Dereck MacAloney landed a grilse of three pounds. A black and orange minnow also accounted for a seven pound fish for Willie Clark from the Mill Stream.

Easy entry for Trout League

Entries for the IAC Winter Trout League can be made electronically through documents posted to this site. Please click on the appropriate links below. Juniors (under 16s) should note that their entries must be made on the junior form.  Please click the relevant link below

IAC Winter Trout League 2018/19 Entry Form

IAC Winter Trout League 2018/19 Junior Entry Form

IAC Winter Trout League 2018/19 Rules

Fish continue to run the system

It’s good to see the fishery board camera showing fresh fish entering the Ness system, but catching them is another matter. Seven fish were reported from the club water today (August 21) by anglers who always seem to get their quarry. Early on, Ally Henderson landed a grilse of five pounds and Mike Campbell caught a four pounder, both on the fly from the MacIntyre Pool. Davie Dyce had a four pounder from the Little Isle. All the fish were released. Later, Davie maintained his catch rate with a three pound fish from the Castle Pool and a five pounder from the Legion Pool, both on a Toby. Murray Richardson ventured out in the evening and was rewarded with two fish of seven and nine pounds.

Lost box

An angler lost a valued fly box while wading just below the Holm Bridge on Monday night. If you come across it, please report it to Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ness stays quiet

Five fish were reported from Inverness Angling Club’s fishings today (August 20). The heaviest was Andy Massari’s seven pounder taken on a black and orange minnow from the Little Isle. On the MacIntyre Pool, Martin Nelson had a fly-caught five pounder and Ally Henderson had fish of four and five pounds. Donald MacPherson Snr landed and released a four pounder at the Cross Hedges.  This quiet period can be in the nature of things at this time of year when grilse predominate but should herald the arrival of two sea winter fish.

Build your skills

The 2018-19 IAC fly tying classes will be launched on October 17, running weekly on Wednesday evenings from 1900 to 2130. There will be a break for the festive season on December 12 with the classes restarting on January 16 and closing on February 27. The venue will be the conference suite of Dow’s Diner on Balloan Road.

Expert tutors and qualified club coaches with Disclosure Scotland clearance will run the classes. They will be open to non-members and a particular effort is being made to attract under 18s. A parent can accompany juniors so that they can develop a new skill together, and broaden their angling experience. Please pass the word to all seniors and juniors you feel could be interested. Charges, to defray room hire costs, will be £2 for seniors and £1 for under 18s. Tools and materials can be provided from donations kindly given by club members. Registrations should be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., giving full name, membership number (if applicable) and contact details.

Page 2 of 5


Inverness Angling Club

Ness Walk

Email Contact

Drop us an email and we'll respond to all inquiries as soon as possible.