Items filtered by date: August 2018

Trout league approaches

It may seem a bit early to promote close-season activities, but the end of the 2018 fishing season is fast approaching. IAC activities will start with the popular Winter Trout League at Achagour Trout Fishery from October 1. Entry forms will be available from the Little Isle hut from Monday,  August 27.  Entries can also be made by e-mail or text to Alex Elliott or Jim Jarvie, noting name and IAC membership number. All entries must be submitted by Friday, September 21. The league final is set for Saturday, May 25, 2019.

High praise

Saturday (August 18) saw just three fish caught on the club water of the Ness, a poor return by recent standards. Chris Bruce landed two grilse of around three pounds from the tail of the Leaven Trees and the Black Stream. Gordon MacAloney, visiting from Kirkintilloch, had a four pound fish from the MacIntyre. But catch or no catch, visiting anglers continue to enjoy the experience of fishing our streamy pools. FishPal fisher Anthony Smith from Moray posted high praise after his visit, rating the booking facility and value for money as exceptional and upkeep of the fishery as very good. He commented: “This is town water but it fishes very well. The members I met were very friendly and helpful with their advice. Highly recommended although car parking a little problematic but still excellent value for money.”

Release record maintained

The River Ness produced nine fish for club anglers today (August 17), all but one released. Chris Bruce sustained his success with a five pounder from the Little Isle as did Davie Dyce who had two - a five pounder from the Little Isle and a seven pounder from the Back Stream. Kevin Elliott had a five pound grilse from the Silver Wells. The top score of the day went to Donald MacPherson Snr with three fish - two of five pounds and one of four pounds from the Cross Hedges. On the MacIntyre Pool, Donald Cameron had fish of five and seven pounds.

Five from isle

Jim McDowall was the star on the Little Isle Pool of the Ness today with three fish. His first, a three pound grilse safely returned, was followed by one of four pounds, which was kept, and one of five ponds, also released. Angus Mackinnon and George Mackenzie each caught seven pounders on fly from the Little Isle while Lewis Thomson from Tain had a five pound fish from the Weir Pool, making it six for the day.

Works to close Bught Road

The section of Bught Road, from the mini roundabout at Ballifeary Lane to the Little Isle anglers’ car park, will close for some five weeks from August 21 to allow contractors to lay and connect a new gas pipe. For the duration of the works the only access to the Little Isle will be from Glenurquhart Road on to Bught Drive, then left on to Bught Road (at the General’s Well). Reverse the route to exit.

One for James

As gusty winds made it difficult for fly fishers on the Ness today (August 15), just one fish was reported from the club water. On his return north, Kirkintilloch visitor James Buchanan and his trusty Toby landed and released a 4.5 lb grilse at the Little Isle.

First for Geraldine

Today (August 14) will be one to remember for two anglers fishing the River Ness club water. IAC member Geraldine Connah landed her first ever salmon using a monkey fly on the Little Isle pool. It weighed in at under eight pounds. Also in the Little Isle, visitor Ray Edgest from Stoke was rewarded with a hen salmon of 15 lbs which was safely released after a strong tussle.

Delight: Geraldine with instructor David Mateer

Magnificent: Ray's 15 pounder

Feisty: This grilse gave Thumper Sutherland a real tussle on Monday

Ness polluted yet again

Inverness Angling Club has made strong representations to Scottish Water about repeated pollution incidents at the Little Isle. During heavy rain the drain at the Bught Park entrance opposite the Little Isle car park overflows, pushing a disgusting mix of rain water and sewage over the road, footpath, car park and, finally, into the river. It’s been a very long term problem with no sign of any action being taken, despite vociferous complaints from club officials. The following pictures, taken today (August 14), illustrate the problem only too well.


Disgusting: Polluted, smelly water spreads over the road, footpath and car park.....

.......and into the pristine waters of the River Ness

Dream start for Nathan

Catching your first salmon is an experience that will last a lifetime. And that’s the event that a 13-year-old Falkirk lad experienced visiting the club water of the River Ness today (August 13). Fishing the Mill Stream with a gold Toby, Nathan Campbell landed a four pound grilse - much to the delight of his Dad and friends fishing with him. A gold Toby also delivered for Stephen MacAloney, landing and releasing grilse of four and six pounds from the Mill Stream and the MacIntyre Pool, where Chris Bruce continued his success with a five pounder.

Downstream on the Castle Pool, Davie Dyce was able to entertain a busy city centre by landing and releasing a seven pound fish from the Castle Pool - with Flora MacDonald looking down approvingly from Castle Hill!. Is Davie her new Prince Charlie? Ian Jennings had another grilse from the Leaven Trees while John Ralph really got in among the fish with two of five and six pounds from the Little Isle. Visitor Derrick Harris released a five pound at the General's Well.


One of two: Grilse for John Ralph

Proud: Nathan with his first ever salmon

Positive feedback

FishPal bookings provide valuable income for Inverness Angling Club, moderating membership fees and helping to keep the club afloat. And they provide welcome feedback from those who use FishPal’s booking system. 

Recent comments include those from visitor William McDonald of Buckie who described the description of the fishery, booking facility, value for money, general upkeep of the fishery and condition of the huts as good. Importantly, he added that he found members of IAC to be “very courteous, friendly and helpful.” Dingwall visitor Mark Czerniakiewicz described value for money and general upkeep of the fishery as very good.

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