Inverness Angling Club extends a warm welcome to all the competitors taking part in the club’s Centenary Speycasting Tournament at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday (September 1 and 2). Speycasters are attending from Norway, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and the USA. Two heats will be run on Friday and one on Saturday morning. The junior, ladies and open finals will take place from 1330 on Saturday.
Among the first competitors to arrive were Martin Kiely and Derek Doyle from Ireland, both of whom took part in the Alexander Grant Memorial Speycasting competition staged by the club in 2015 - both as part of Scotland's Salmon Festival. And why have they travelled all this way for the tournament? “We just love casting and competition,” says Martin. And it’s good to see them back on the Ness.
The club would also like to express its gratitude to the local organisations who have made the tournament possible through their commitment to sponsorship - Ness Castle Lodges, Drumossie Hotel, Grahams of Inverness, The Scottish Ghillie and Tomatin Distillers. There is also a big ‘thank you’ to the Provost and Councillors of the City of Inverness and Area who will mark the club's centenary celebrations with a civic reception in Inverness Town House on Saturday evening.
Tuesday proved to be one of the best days of the season so far on the club water of the River Ness with at least eight fish caught and released. Leading the way was Davy Dyce with three fly-caught fish - two at four pounds and one at five pounds from Charlie’s Seat at the MacIntyre Pool.
Chris Bruce landed his thirteenth of the season, a six pound specimen from the MacIntyre. The Mac also delivered a four pound fish for Ally Macdonald while Mike Campbell was on the mark again with a fish of over six pounds from the Mill Stream, his ninth of the season. Gary Goddard had a four pounder from the Mill Stream and Angus MacKinnon had a five pounder from the Silver Wells.
Beautiful: A four pounder for Gary Goddard
Four fish came off the club water today - two of them to long-term club member Davy Dyce. Fishing the MacIntyre, Davy had salmon of 12 and seven pounds from the MacIntyre Pool, both released. Another fish of seven pounds fell to the rod of Michael Rennie. Up in the Braes Pool, Willie Clark got his first of the season, a four pound fly-caught grilse safely released.
Angler Benjamin Laschet had a successful visit to the IAC fishings this week landing fly-caught salmon of five pounds from the MacIntyre on Thursday and six pounds from the same pool on Friday. Chris Bruce continued his excellent run with his eleventh fish of the season, a five pounder safely released on Saturday.
Veteran club angler Denny Mackay struck silver on the Mill Stream today with a lovely cock salmon of eight pounds caught on a Devon minnow. Chris Bruce, fishing the opposite bank of the river on the MacIntyre Pool, caught his tenth salmon of the season - a fish of seven pounds plus.
Good one: Mill Stream delivers for Denny
Kirkintilloch angler James Buchanan had a good day on the club water today, landing fish of eight and four pounds from the Silver Wells on a spinner. Both were released. James is a new associate member of Inverness Angling Club and his success is a welcome introduction to the qualities of the Ness fishings. Mike Campbell matched that catch with fly-caught salmon of nine pounds from the MacIntyre Pool and seven pounds from the Mill Stream. Neil Fraser was also successful on the Mill Stream, catching and releasing a five pound hen fish on a two-inch black and orange minnow.
With several fish being caught each day, and the likelihood that daily catches will increase during September, it’s a good time to think about taking out a visitor permit to Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness fishings. Permits offer great value - £25 for a day or £15 for a half day starting at 1300 hours. Under rules imposed by the Scottish Government, anglers are restricted to one salmon or grilse in any given week and two for the season. All fish over eight pounds must be released, as well as all hen and coloured fish.
A week of celebrating the contribution that the iconic Atlantic Salmon makes to the economic and social life of Scotland begins on Tuesday (August 29) with a night of salmon-related films in Eden Court Theatre, a two day Atlantic Salmon Conference starting at Inverness College UHI on Wednesday plus a display of Alexander Grant’s famed rods and fiddles in Inverness Museum, and a fair at the Bught Park and an international Speycasting tournament on the River Ness on Friday and Saturday. The casting tournament celebrates the centenary of Inverness Angling Club.
Jordon Grant, who will celebrate his sixteenth birthday in November, is getting good results from his spare hours on the river and setting an example for Inverness Angling Club’s junior members. Having taken a 12 pound fish on Monday to notch up his sixth fish from the club water he was out again today to land an eight pound fish from the Silver Wells. Tony Quinn also increased his total with a fly-caught eight pound hen fish from the tail of the Little Isle, safely returned. Up at the Weir Pool, Paul Owen caught and released a hen fish of six pounds. Chris Bruce had his ninth fish of the season, a five pounder caught and released at the Leaven Trees, while Murray Richardson landed a four pound fish on the fly.
Wills Bros will start scour protection works at the new bridge next Monday (August 28). They will begin by blocking the weir on the north side, while maintaining flow in the Whin Lade. That day, and perhaps the first part of Tuesday, fish rescue will be required, carried out by the Ness and Beauly Fisheries Trust. Works sequence in the first week will be closing the dam at the Weir, fish rescue, construction of an access ramp and removal of the Bailey bridge and existing gabions.