Items filtered by date: April 2019

Ready for a riverside ramble?

A reminder that willing club members should set aside a couple of hours this Sunday for a ramble on the banks of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings. Volunteers are needed to note and notify works needed to keep the banks shipshape for members and visitors - like grass and branch cutting, fixing bank and path erosion, removing litter and any repairs to seats, steps, handrails and rod rests. Once needs are identified, groups will be organised to carry out necessary works. Volunteers should meet at the Little Isle hut by 10 am this Sunday (May 5). Please advise planned attendance by e-mail to membership secretary John Ralph. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calling all volunteers

Inverness Angling Club is calling for help to assess what works are needed on the river banks ahead of the busiest, hopefully successful, part of the salmon angling season. 

Volunteers are asked to gather at the Little Isle hut on Sunday, May 5, at 10 am. From there teams will walk both banks of the river to identify and list what needs to be done to ensure safe and satisfying access to all parts of the club water. Work parties will be organised in subsequent weeks. Volunteers should confirm their attendance by e-mail to membership secretary John Ralph - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Government requires data on fishing effort

Scottish Government regulations will require all salmon anglers and fisheries to record fishing effort along with their annual catch returns submitted at the end of the 2019 season. Marine Scotland state that data on fishing effort will form a key part of the assessments which determine the conservation status of rivers under the Salmon Conservation Regulations.

Alex Elliott, acting president of Inverness Angling Club, emphasised: “It may seem like a further imposition on anglers and fisheries, but such returns are a legal requirement and apply to all categories of club membership, including juniors. As a club and as individuals, we cannot ignore this. Failure to submit the necessary information is an offence. All of us will need to keep a record of our fishing days so that we can make an accurate return, along with our catch returns, at the end of the season.”

Fishing effort should be recorded as ‘rod days’ - irrespective of the time spent fishing or the method used. For example, fishing for salmon for two hours on any day, whether or not fish are caught, should be recorded as a rod day. For further information see Frequently Asked Questions -

‘Open Ness’ not for us, says club

Inverness Angling Club is not involved with, or a supporter of, the so-called Open Ness campaign relating to the ‘Gathering Place’ proposals for the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. The clarification came today (Monday, April 22) from the club’s acting president, Alex Elliott, following a meeting called by Open Ness at the anglers’ hut by the Little Isle Pool.

“This meeting, and its location, seemed to imply that the club supported the Open Ness campaign,” said Alex. “This is simply not the case. Our sole concern is the future of the anglers’ hut, a facility that members and visitors have enjoyed, in one form or another, for the best part of 100 years.”

“We  continue to have constructive discussions with The Highland Council concerning the future of our hut. We mean to ensure that this much valued facility continues to serve anglers from far and wide for many years to come.”

Calling all coaches!

Inverness Angling Club coaches are reminded that the annual series of Casting Clinics take place every Wednesday night in June - the 5th. 12th, 19th and 26th. They will be joined by three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, who will be giving his top tips, and instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle.

The clinics have a long history of helping novices to master a variety of casting techniques for salmon and trout fishing. Traditional single and double Speycasts are joined by the recent developments like the Snake Roll and Snap-T. Special efforts are made to encourage young people to attend the clinics where they can learn casting basics. These begin with trout fly casting on the grass of the Bught Park and, once the students have shown commitment and improving skills, a chance to try Speycasting with salmon rods on the river. Any adults experiencing difficulty with their casting can also benefit from instructors' advice.

Everyone, including non-members and visitors, is welcome to the clinics. Bring your own tackle if you wish but salmon and trout rods are available for use, thanks to the kindness of international tackle manufacturers Loop.

Ruthven boat withdrawn

Members are advised that the club boat on Loch Ruthven is currently unavailable. A detailed examination has shown it to be in a dangerous condition and probably beyond repair. The club committee will be considering what steps they can take towards continuing to offer trout fishing on this famous trout loch. 


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