Items filtered by date: August 2019

Grilse for Derek

Derek Proctor’s trusted black and orange Devon minnow was on the mark again today (August 23). The Mill Stream was the location and the result was a five pound grilse.

The Mac delivers again

The Scandinavian Rapala lure is not commonly used on the River Ness but it helped Davie Dyce to increase his score on Thursday (August 22). Fishing the MacIntyre Pool, Davie landed a four pound grilse in the area by Charlie’s Seat, a bench installed in honour of the late Charlie MacKenzie, a long term president of Inverness Angling Club who made this pool his own.

Braes brace for Ally

High water brings some pools on the River Ness into action, whereas other pools are more suited to lower water. Whatever the water height, there are always pools that will produce results. That’s what makes the Ness such an attractive, season round option for anglers.

At present, high water makes the Red Braes one of the key places to go. The pool provided a brace for Ally Henderson today - fly-caught fish of four and seven pounds.

Ness downgraded but no change expected

Initial assumptions about the application of proposed conservation gradings for the River Ness in 2020 would appear to have been misplaced. The proposals from Marine Scotland will mean that the entire Ness System will be downgraded to Category 2 as the River Moriston, a Special Area of Conservation, is not expected to reach the threshold required for Category 1.

it is expected, however, that the current conservation agreement governing the River Ness will continue. Unless proposals change as a result of the consultation, the regulations governing the River Ness will be as follows:

February 1 to March 31 - Mandatory catch and release under separate legislation governing all Scotland’s salmon fisheries, to protect spring running salmon.

April 1 to June 30 - Mandatory catch and release under local conservation agreements to protect spring running fish in the Ness System.

July 1 to October 15 - The taking of fish is restricted to a TOTAL of two cock fish of eight pounds or under FROM THE NESS SYSTEM per season (ie not from every beat), and only one in any given week.

Doughty Davie!

Davie Dyce didn’t break any records today with another fish from the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. But he did break yet another rod. The lads at the isle hut are beginning to lose count! Just for the record, the fly-caught fish weighed in at five pounds and was released.

Donnie Urquhart took a swing down to the Weir Pool, a much favoured and successful spot for him. And it was again - a seven pounder taken on a Devon minnow.

Safely released: Nice one from the isle

My Ness debate

The long awaited special meeting of the City of Inverness Area Committee, called to discuss the merits of the My Ness project, produced some extensive debate in the HQ chambers of Highland Council today (August 20). A web cast of the meeting can be accessed on the council’s web site.

Conservation proposals announced

The Scottish Government has published its proposed salmon conservation gradings for 2020. The proposals are now out for consultation with any representations or objections required by September 19. The conservation status of the River Ness remains at Category 1, but will operate at Category 2 until the end of June to protect spring fish migrating to the Special Area of Conservation at the River Moriston. This arrangement continues the practice of the current year. The full proposals are available at

Braes delivers

Davie Dyce was on the mark again today (August 19), this time on the bottom beat of the Red Braes. Fishing a silver Toby, he landed a fresh three pound grilse which was badly scarred. It was released to continue its spawning run.

Club needs works volunteers

Weather conditions and rising river levels forced Inverness Angling Club to cancel its last work party arranged to clear bank areas badly affected by over growth of vegetation. A new work party is being arranged for next Sunday (August 25). The club is appealing for volunteers to help ensure easy access to all parts of the club waters. 

This is a matter that concerns, and benefits, all members so sparing an hour or so to share the load is not much to ask. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Mill hut at 10.30. With sufficient volunteers, individual groups can be assigned to tackle all bank areas needing attention. The work will be made much easier by the recent purchase of additional power tools. 

First from Provan’s Pool

Two fish have been reported so far from the IAC water on Saturday (August 17). Derek Proctor caught a five pound grilse from the Mill Stream on a black and orange Devon minnow. The first of the season from Provan’s Pool was a fly-caught four pounder by Alan Douglas.

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