Rivers and lochs are potentially dangerous places - something that anglers all too often forget or ignore. It’s important for all of us to be aware of the risks and the needs of other water users, and to use waterways sensibly. The following document provides some useful advice for all water users:
Ever had a bit of a slip when wading the river? Most of us have but few of us wear buoyancy aids to avoid potential disaster. Inverness Angling Club reminds anglers to wear buoyancy aids at all times when fishing. Failure to do so is at their own risk.
Many of us feel that lifejackets interfere with casting, but modern versions are much less restrictive and are available from around £30. And if you do have and use a lifejacket, make sure you get it checked regularly so that it does the job it’s designed to do when you most need it.
The last of Inverness Angling Club’s annual series of Casting Clinics will be held at the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday (June 27). Over the last three weeks the clinics have attracted a strong attendance of young people and adults who have benefited from instruction by three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie and the club’s qualified coaches.
Two handed and single handed casting will be covered, either on the river or, for novices, on the adjacent Bught Park. All are welcome. The clinics are free and open to non members from “a’ the airts.” Please bring your own tackle if you can. A limited amount of club tackle will be available.
Casting: Seven-year-old Connor Cadden from Farr has made great progress
A six pound grilse, caught and released in the Weir Pool of the River Ness club water, made a memorable outing for IAC member Lewis Thomson today (June 16). The salmon, attracted by a size 10 Cascade, was a first for Lewis. He said: “It was a good wee fighter and I’m absolutely delighted!”
Delighted: First for Lewis
Anglers came from as far away as Dornoch to get some tips at the first of Inverness Angling Club’s casting clinics at the Little Isle Pool on Wednesday evening. And the club’s aim to encourage more young people to take up the sport were rewarded with a strong attendance of youngsters from the age of six up to the mid teens. The clinics continue on Wednesday evenings throughout this month - June 13, 20 and 27. All are welcome and coaching is free of charge. Please bring your own tackle but a limited amount of club tackle is available.
Expert: World Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie offers advice
Wednesday evening (June 6) sees the start of Inverness Angling Club’s annual Casting Clinics which will continue weekly to the end of the month - June 13, 20 and 27. All are welcome - young and not-so-young, novices and experienced anglers who would like a little help to improve their casting. Salmon and trout casting will be covered, free of charge. Bring your own tackle if you can; if not, a limited amount of trout and salmon tackle will be available.
The location will be the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness, by the Bught Park. Most evenings will see the presence of world casting champions who will demonstrate their skills and participate in the coaching. They will be supported by club coaches who hold a minimum of Sportscotland/UKCC Level 1 coaching certification, with PVG and Disclosure Scotland clearance.
James Thomson is one delighted member of Inverness Angling Club today (June 1), having caught and released his first salmon on the fly. Fishing the Weir Pool in bright sunshine and low water, his Cascade fly intercepted a strong fish which weighed in at 16.5 lbs after a 20 minute fight. Well done James - a cracking fish!
Salmon for James: 16.5 lbs of fighting fish