Items filtered by date: July 2019

Good day for two

The last day of July was a very good day for two members of Inverness Angling Club with the Weir Pool producing fish for both. Archie Campbell, fishing a Sheila salmon fly, landed and released a hen grilse of five pounds. Dan Cowan, using a Graham Mackenzie Silver Stoat, had a good battle with a 12 pound fish, also landed and released. Dan reported that the fish had the unwelcome red vent condition.

Bank works appeal

Inverness Angling Club is putting together another work party to clear banks above the Ness Islands. While a previous group made a very good start, and member Chris Bruce has made a significant personal contribution, there is still much to be done to ensure that all the pools are accessible and any hindrances to casting are cleared. 

Volunteers are asked to gather at the Mill hut at 10.30 am on Sunday, August 11. Many of the older members of the club have made a huge contribution to bank clearance over the years so a special appeal goes out to younger members to come along and help.

Associates get great value

Anglers don’t need to live locally to become members of Inverness Angling Club. Associate membership is available to any angler and charged at the same fee as that paid by locals. Recent catches by associates underline the value of the permit, to the individual and the club. The latest catch was by Dornoch-based associate Des Gallagher who landed a cock grilse of some five pounds at the Little Isle Pool today (July 30). The fish was caught oh a gold and green Toby.

Catch of the day: A fine grilse for Des

Help wanted

Inverness Angling Club is seeking volunteers on Wednesday evening (July 31) to help prepare Anglers’ Corner for this weekend’s Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours should gather at the site of Anglers’ Corner for 6.30 pm. Your help will ensure a key event in the club’s calendar goes well.

Early start for Mel

There may not be many, but catches keep coming on the club water of the River Ness. Associate member John Cameron of Dumfries, who is working locally, got his second on Saturday (July 27) - on fly from the Little Isle.

Veteran fisher and local club member Melvin Smith was up with the lark on Monday morning (July 29) to land and release a five pound grilse from the Weir Pool. The successful fly was a Willie Gunn.

Enjoy the fun of the fair

All outdoor sports enthusiasts, and folk just looking for a good day out, will be very welcome at the annual Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall this Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). An especially warm welcome awaits you by the loch side at Anglers’ Corner, run by the members and coaches of Inverness Angling Club. Once you’ve shopped, drop in to see us. Trout and salmon casting tuition will help you develop your skills while competition in trout accuracy and salmon distance casting will get you involved and entertained. We look forward to seeing you there.

Visitor enjoys warm welcome

Preston angler Richard Owen visited the club water of the River Ness on Friday (July 26) - and was impressed by the experience. Booking through FishPal, he described value for money as “exceptional”, adding: “Fabulous water, ran high and clear, long casts needed. Am told the water is always clear no matter how high it runs as any sediment settles out in Loch Ness. Good long pools.”

Richard reported that he had good advice from friendly and very welcoming club members. While no salmon were caught or seen, he enjoyed the day’s fishing. He promised: “I will be back!” We look forward to that, Richard.

Isle delivers for Donnie

The Little Isle produced its first fish for a while as local club member Donnie Cameron landed and released a fly-caught five pound salmon on Friday (July 26). As a few more anglers get out on the river, and grilse numbers increase, catches should rise.

Ness experience

John Macaloney is heading home to Cumbernauld from a visit to Inverness Angling Club’s water with what he describes as “wonderful memories of a day fishing on the Ness.” A grilse of four pounds fell to John’s Devon minnow on the MacIntyre Pool on Thursday evening (July 25) - his first ever salmon, duly released. Well done John. Haste ye back!

Mike makes his mark

Mike Campbell made a flying start to his season on the Inverness Angling Club water of the River Ness today (July 22). Fishing the left bank of the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a magnificent 11 lb salmon on the fly.

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