Items filtered by date: September 2020

Two for trip

Edinburgh-based associate member Alan Brooks is thoroughly enjoying his visit to Inverness Angling Club’s waters. Following his four pounder on Monday, he made it two for his trip today with a three pound grilse from the Mill Stream. Both fish were caught on the worm and safely released.

Brace for Chris

Club member Chris Bruce, fishing the west side of the Mill Stream today, added to his season’s tally - landing and releasing a brace weighing in at six and seven pounds. Both showed the first stages of colouring up for their stay in fresh water. Anglers feel these might be released fish as fresh salmon enter the Ness well beyond season closure on October 15.

Autumn colours: Preparing to complete the life cycle

Sharing waters

Exchange permits are a useful way for members of angling clubs and associations to enjoy each other’s fishings at no cost. Currently, Inverness Angling Club has such arrangements in place with Aberdeen and District, Beauly, Dingwall and District, Loch Achonachie, Ugie and Wick angling clubs, and Elgin Angling Association.

Today, Elgin AA member Allan Crook made his trip well worthwhile by landing and releasing a fresh grilse of four pounds from the Mill Stream.

Success for associate

Edinburgh-based associate club member Alan Brooks plied the Mill Stream Pool with the ‘garden fly’ this morning and landed a four pound grilse which was safely returned. There are no other reports of catches so far as the lean period continues.


Mamma Mia!

A late season trip to Inverness Angling Club’s beat on the River Ness brought some joy for an Italian visitor on Thursday.

Gino Pasquali and his friend Luca Meozzi took up associate membership of the club in January and have spent this week seeking that elusive salmon. And it happened yesterday. Gino landed and released a cock salmon of over five pounds from the MacIntyre Pool. The fish, well into its spawning livery, was taken on a Red Francis fly. Hopefully, there will be more for both before they head home.

Joy for Gino: A MacIntryre fish for a welcome visitor

Provan produces

It’s not often fished but a cast or two in Provan’s Pool of the club water can often bring dividends, especially after high water in the latter part of the season. And so it was for Davie Dyce today. Fishing a zebra Toby, he caught and released a grilse of five pounds at the weir wall.

Catch returns time approaches

Given the continuing threats from Covid-19, Inverness Angling Club has made some changes to its arrangements for the submission of catch returns for the 2020 season. 

Riverside hut boxes will not be available. Instead, returns can be placed in sealed boxes at the spirits counter of the Holm Mills Shopping Village, the refreshments hut at the crazy golf centre at the Bught and the usual returns box in the tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness. All boxes will be available from Friday, September 25.

Returns can also be submitted online through the club’s web site at On the home page, click the bars at the top right hand corner, select Fishing then Annual catch/effort return. Complete the form and follow the directions for submission.

All returns, including nil returns and fishing effort in days per month, must be submitted no later than October 23. Adult members failing to submit a return will incur a penalty of £20 on 2021 membership. See Rules 5.2 and 5.3.

One for the day

Just one salmon came off the club water today in fairly bright conditions. Chris Bruce made a successful visit to the Red Braes Pool to land a nine pound specimen, duly released.

Observe rules and stay safe

As further outbreaks of Covid-19 occur in Scotland, the committee of Inverness Angling Club has appealed to members to observe social distancing on the riverside. As a reminder, these are the regulations set by the Scottish Government:

  • People can meet socially, indoors or outdoors, in groups of up to six from no more than two households at a time
  • People should meet no more than four other households a day
  • People should stay two metres apart from anyone over 11 who is not part of their household

While club huts will remain locked until Covid-19 clears, they provide focal points for chats. It is crucial that the social distancing rules should be strictly observed in such gatherings.

Prospects improve as water drops

The town beat of the River Ness showed a bit more activity today. And the dropping water level made it a bit more comfortable for anglers.

Ian Jennings, an associate member of the Inverness Angling Club who makes regular trips north from his home in Wolverhampton, landed a six and a half pound salmon fishing a Devon minnow in the MacIntyre Pool. Upstream, Chris Bruce caught a five pounder from the Braes Pool.

Landed: A good catch for Ian

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