The annual general meeting of Inverness Angling Club will be held in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall on Thursday, November 22, at 7.30 pm. As required by the club’s constitution, members who wish to submit notices of motion to be considered at the meeting must deliver signed copies to the secretary 10 clear days before the AGM, ie by Monday, November 12.
Annual general meetings are important events in the life of any organisation. They give members the opportunity to receive detailed reports on the progress of the club, to question office bearers on club matters and play their part in electing officials who will manage the club’s performance over the next few years. Consequently, all members are encouraged to make the effort to attend.
Tonight (Wednesday) will see the second session of IAC’s close season fly tying classes. Experienced tyers will be challenged with patterns presented by instructor Mike Campbell. Inexperienced and novice tyers will continue to build their skills on versions of the Stoat’s Tail.
The classes are open to all, meeting each Wednesday evening from 7 pm in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro in the shopping centre at the junction of Old Edinburgh Road and Balloan Road, Inverness. Instructors will tackle a wide range for flies for salmon and trout. Tools and materials will be available for beginners.
The first month of the IAC Winter Trout League is fast drawing to a close so anyone who has not yet fished their October session should get up to the Achagour Fishery in the next few days. Sunday would seem to offer the best weather conditions of the weekend, with sunny intervals and a gentle forecast. Light rain with a gentle breeze is forecast for Monday to Wednesday.
The mandatory annual catch returns are now required from IAC members who should lodge the tear-off card from their season tickets by October 23. Note that these returns are in addition to any returns made during the season and that NIL returns are also required. Cards can be placed in the boxes in Grahams sports shop in Castle Street and in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream. These returns are crucial to retaining our current classification under Scottish Government rules. And making returns on time will save members money when renewing membership in 2019.
From opening day on February 1 Category 3 (mandatory catch and release) applies to protect spring salmon running to the rivers of the upper Ness system, particularly the Moriston which is a Special Area of Conservation. From July 1, the Ness moves to Category 2 which allows the taking of two cock fish under eight pounds per season. Higher catches generally indicate a healthy stock, hence the crucial role that accurate returns play in categorisation.
Beginners boosted attendance at the inaugural session of Inverness Angling Club’s close season fly tying classes last night (October 17). Experienced tyers capable of producing the most attractive and enticing of salmon flies were joined by five novices who passed the introductory test of tying a Stoat’s Tail pattern with flying colours. They will continue a programme designed to build their skills and test them in tying more intricate patterns. The next session (October 24) will see them tackle versions of the Stoat’s Tail.
The classes are open to all, meeting each Wednesday evening from 7 pm in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro in the shopping centre at the junction of Old Edinburgh Road and Balloan Road, Inverness. Instructors will tackle standard salmon flies and tubes, together with trout flies.
Inverness Angling Club’s close-season fly tying classes begin on Wednesday evening (October 17) when all interested - members or non-members - are welcome to attend. The classes are being held in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro adjacent to the junction of Old Edinburgh Road and Balloan Road, starting at 7 pm. Access is by the side door on the left of the building.
Novice, intermediate and experienced tyers are all welcome to join instructors Mike Campbell, David Mateer and Peter Easton. During the sessions, there will be visits from professional tyers Graham Nichols and Ali Hutchens. Tools and materials can be provided for those starting out on this fascinating hobby.
Big water continued to curtail angling activity towards the end of last week and today (October 15), the last day of the Ness salmon season. But it’s been a good season overall. Subject to final returns being collected - returns, including nil returns, must be submitted by October 23 - catches on the club water totalled 232 salmon and grilse, 64 more than the 2017 season. While the last day saw a few club members on the water, it was more craic than cast, especially at the Little Isle where anglers congregated to swap stories and look forward to the 2019 season.
Cheery crowd: IAC anglers at a heavy Little Isle Pool on the last day of the season
A further rise in Ness water levels discouraged some club anglers from venturing out today (October 8). The diehards did go for a cast - with at least one getting very wet! But another found it worthwhile. Derek Proctor repeated Saturday’s success with a fish of around 10 lbs from the Weir Pool. It was taken on his favourite black and orange Devon and safely released.
A three-inch black and orange Devon minnow secured success for Derek Proctor on the Mill Stream today (October 6). His five pound coloured fish, safely released, was the only fish reported from the club fishings today in fairly heavy water that is likely to rise even further with rain forecast in the west.