Items filtered by date: October 2019

Notice of 2019 AGM

Members of Inverness Angling Club are advised that the annual general meeting of the club will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall. The committee will submit to the meeting a report on club affairs and a certified statement of accounts for the financial year. The meeting will appoint office bearers, committee members and the accountant. 

Notices of motion intended to be submitted to the AGM must be made in writing, signed by the member giving the notice and delivered to the secretary 10 clear days before the date of the meeting (ie by Monday, November 11). 

These notices are posted as required by paragraphs 6.2 and 6.5 of the IAC Constitution. Contact details for the secretary are given in membership cards.

A treat for tyers

Loch Achonachie Angling Club (LAAC) is offering a great opportunity for fly tyers with demonstrations at The Cottage Bar and Restaurant in Maryburgh on Saturday, November 2. 

Scottish international team member Allan Liddle will be tying trout dries for both river and loch, along with nymphs and wets; Sandy Howie and David Mateer will tie salmon flies; Liam Stephen will be on river nymphs; and Hamish Young will demonstrate loch dapping flies. Andy Downie from Dingwall Sports and Model Shop will be present with a range of Semperfli tying materials.

Tyers and LAAC members are looking forward to welcoming all interested anglers who can drop in any time during the day - from 11 am through to 4.30 pm.

Youngsters tackle trouting

Inverness Angling Club coaches have completed a series of coaching events which introduced vulnerable youngsters to the joys of trout fishing.

Working with This is Me Highland, and Cindy Augur of Achagour Trout Fishery, coaches helped the youngsters, who were accompanied by parents, grasp the basics of casting. And they even get a few trout in the process. They had the best of gear - top of the range trout fly rods donated to the club by tackle manufacturers Loop.

Acting president Alex Elliott said: “This is Me Highland do some wonderful work with young people and we were pleased to help introduce them to a new activity. My personal thanks go to coaches Steve Black, Bill Byers, Frank Durdle, Alan Scott and Steve Watt for their commitment to helping more people to experience angling.”

In the pink: Frank Durdle works his magic

Success: A fish to remember

Club seeks volunteers for coach training

Coaching is one of the crucial keys to securing the future of Inverness Angling Club. If anyone needs to be convinced, just watch the coaching sessions run by the club every Wednesday night in June. There’s delight on the faces of youngsters as, having started from scratch, they build their casting skills to achieve decent lengths - and hit the centre of the target ring. It’s also satisfying for coaches to see more mature anglers sorting out problems with their technique and building skills that will help them cast further and catch more fish.

There are lots of people out there who could benefit from coaching, including novices who would join our club if they felt able to cast with ease. That’s why the club needs more coaches. At present, four trained coaches struggle to meet growing demand for help so the club is appealing for volunteers to attend coach training courses to be arranged locally with the Scottish Anglers National Association (SANA).

One thing is guaranteed. Qualified coaches bring big smiles to the faces of young and not to young anglers as they build their skills - and a lot of satisfaction for themselves, not only in helping build angling skills but ensuring the continuing success and growth of one of the top angling clubs in Scotland.

Volunteers should contact the secrfetary whose details are on membership cards or send a message through the contact facility of this web site.

Remember, remember, the 23rd of October

Inverness Angling Club members are reminded that annual catch returns must be submitted by Wednesday, October 23. They can be deposited in the boxes in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream, or at Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. Alternatively, they can be posted to the address on the returns card, but remember to leave time for delivery.

Concessions for over 65s

Inverness Angling Club offers concessionary membership to pensioners of 65 or over with a minimum of 12 years consecutive membership prior to application. Members who meet these conditions get a 50 per cent reduction on annual membership fees. Applications for concessionary membership must be made in writing, including a date of birth. They should be submitted to the membership secretary, John Ralph, whose contact details may be found on membership cards.

Last day success for Donnie

For most of last week the River Ness was too high for fishing as heavy rain in the west pushed up the river to an uncomfortable, if not dangerous, level.

But by today, the close of the Ness season, the river had dropped significantly, and several anglers were out on the Red Braes, Weir, Mill Stream, McIntyre, Little Isle and Leaven Trees pools to try their luck.

Before heading home after a few hours on the river, Donnie Urquhart decided to have a cast with a 2.5 inch Devon minnow by Charlie’s Seat, at the tail of McIntyre. It was a good decision as he was rewarded with a salmon of 7.5 pounds.

Happy day!

The day for Inverness Angling Club’s annual end of season BBQ dawned bright and dry, unlike earlier weather conditions which had raised river levels, flooded the usual MacIntyre location and forced a transfer to the anglers’ car park by the Mill Stream.

Good food, a dram or beer or two and lots of the ‘craic’ contributed to the usual happy event attended by local and visiting anglers, wives and families. A superb raffle provided lots of great prizes while raising significant funds to support the running of the club huts.

Family: Davey Dyce with Mum Mary

Trusty chef: Alex Elliott kept all fed

Raffle sellers: John Ralph with Mo Campbell and Sheila and Laura Deans

All ages: Mums and kids had a great time

Remembrance: Graham MacKenzie, with Natasha and Lorraine Hamilton,

reads "The Fisherman's Prayer" in memory of the late John Hamilton

River rise forces BBQ venue change

Heavy rain over the past couple of days, with more forecast, has raised river levels and forced Inverness Angling Club to change the venue for the annual end of season BBQ on Saturday (October 12). The event will now be staged by the anglers’ hut on the riverside behind the Holm Mills Shopping Village. The event begins at 1230 hours and members are asked to gift a ‘little something’ to ensure that the raffle meets its usual standard. This raises the funds that support the costs of running the club huts throughout each year.

High water: The river floods the usual site of the BBQ

Better boat by far

What a difference! Walter Mackay has put in some sterling work to repair and revive the club’s Ruthven boat. He has fitted new fixed rowlocks, reinforced the gunwales with aluminium, fitted an extra seat and installed a foot strap to help with rowing. Finally, the boat has received a superb paint job.

Great job: Ready to rock Ruthven next season

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