Inverness Angling Club is looking forward to hosting FishPal’s Ladies Event on the Ness fishings on Saturday, September 1, with proceeds going to the Highland Hospice. Three-time world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie will be on hand to give advice along with SGAIC instructor David Mateer and qualified club coaches.
The day will start at the Highland Hospice at 9am for bacon rolls, tea and coffee, introductions and safety briefing. Fishing will be in three groups - beginners, new to fishing with a little experience and ladies who go fishing. After lunch at the hospice, the afternoon session will run from 2 to 4.30pm when its back to the hospice for tea, coffee and cake and a debrief. Ladies who have their own equipment can carry on fishing into the evening.
Amid all the discussion about what ‘art’ may or may not be desirable for ‘The Gathering Place’, people have been expressing their artistic talents on the riverside. And it’s amazing what folk can do with a few stones and a sense of balance.
Creative: Stone me!
Spot the live one: But not his work!
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The Highland Council have unveiled plans for an alternative ‘Gathering Place’ to replace the abandoned proposals for a ‘Tilting Pier’ below the Infirmary bridge. Not surprisingly, the new proposals centre upon an existing ‘Gathering Place’ - the popular Little Isle Pool where anglers, non-anglers, walkers and visitors regularly meet and talk.
The design is based on a circular wall of varying height embracing both sides of the river - the Bught and Island Bank Road banks. Designers Sans Façon & OSA recognise that “people’s love and pride for their river is deeply felt and quite rightly jealously guarded.”
They go on: “The structure creates a monument to the river, a monument in a new sense, no longer only about the things that are important to remember but as the things that are important to keep and protect, as a space to celebrate the sense of place, to interact and to perhaps see the familiar anew. A limelight for the theatre of the river.”
Inverness Angling Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “We are delighted to be part of the ongoing consultation in relation to the proposed new ‘My Ness’ plan for artwork along the River Ness. The club are engaged in dialogue with both Highland Council, who will lead the project, along with the artists Sans façon & OSA. This ongoing dialogue will ensure the interests of all parties are met and we look forward to a positive and eye-catching outcome.”
Gathering Place: The Little Isle, Bught bank
Gathering Place: The complete picture
It is with great sadness that Inverness Angling Club records the passing of two long-standing members - Alistair ‘Tich’ Matheson and Alva Parkes. The funeral service for Alva will be held in St Andrew’s Church, Fortrose, at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, May 30. All are welcome to attend. Funeral details for Alistair are awaited. The committee and members of the club express their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Alistair and Alva.
Day or weekly permits are readily available for Inverness Angling Club’s Ness fishings. Visitors can buy their tickets from the Castle Street tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness or the refreshments kiosk recently opened on the riverside pedestrian walkway adjacent to Inverness Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Current prices are £15 per day or £75 per week. These rise to £25 per day or £125 per week from June 1 to October 15. Junior (under 18) permits are available for £10 per day throughout the season.
Members of Inverness Angling Club completed an enjoyable 2017/2018 Winter Trout League at Achagour Trout Fishery on Saturday (May 12). While more trout were taking surface flies and buzzers, fishing proved to be hard.
The best bag overall went to Mike Campbell. Billy MacKenzie was second and Alex Elliott third. Jim McDowall landed the best fish overall. The junior champion was Fraser Munro. Almost £1,000 worth of prizes were donated by main sponsors Snowbee, supported by Grahams of Inverness, Bellfield Enterprises, Highland Industrial Supplies, Ness Side Fishings, Achagour Trout Fishery and Jim Jarvie. They included rods, lines, fishing and tackle vouchers.
The trout league will continue in 2018/2019, marking the tenth anniversary of the competition which runs in monthly sessions from October to May.
Calculation: Jim Jarvie (right) works out the overall results - closely
monitored by Billy Orrock (left) and Graham Adam
Winners all: A happy bunch of sporting anglers
Inverness Angling Club will be staging its annual series of casting clinics at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness (by Bught Park) from 7 pm each Wednesday evening in June - the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. Members, non-members and youngsters, including novices and parents, are welcome to attend the classes which are free of charge.
For peace for mind, all coaches hold a minimum Sportscotland/UKCC Level 1 coaching certification, with PVG and Disclosure Scotland clearance. An added incentive will be the presence, on most evenings, of world casting champions who will demonstrate their skills and participate in the coaching.
The classes will cover Speycasting with fly rods of around 15ft and trout rod casting. If possible, please bring your own rods, but a limited supply of loan rods will be available.
Casting skills: One-to-one coaching
The Little Isle Pool of the club water is beginning to produce results for those who fish it for its streamy runs and the ‘craic’ with fellow members. The second fish of the week came on Saturday - a good double-figure springer for James Thomson.
Superb!: A good springer for James
It’s good to see visitors to Inverness Angling Club’s River Ness fishings being successful. Neil Fraser from Newport-on-Tay made it a magnificent May day with a salmon of around five pounds from the Little Isle Pool. It was attracted by a size 10 Cascade fished on a floating line with a 10ft sink tip. Says Neil: "My second salmon, my first silver one and my first springer! Very pleased." Well done Neil!
First springer: A good catch for Neil