News 2024

News 2024

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:51

Coul Reminder

Reminder that the cut off date for purchasing raffle tickets for the Coul beat is the 20th of May, less than a week away.

A real good opportunity to have some sport on this wonderful beat.

Friday, 10 May 2024 12:55

Fly Catch

Kevin MacDonald was in on the action this morning fishing the weir pool.

Using a home tied prawn fly fished off a triple D line - He hooked into a lovely springer of 10lb

Very well done Kevin

Kevin Macdonald

Friday, 03 May 2024 22:30

Work party rescheduled

The work party scheduled for this coming Sunday 5th May is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

It will now take place on Sunday the 12th of May.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Sunday, 28 April 2024 10:47

Spring salmon for club member

Congratulations to Neil Fraser on catching the clubs 2nd Spring Salmon of the week yesterday Saturday the 27th of April.

Neil Fraser stalwart of the IAC got an early start in and fished through the Weir pool and was rewarded with a 12lb sea liced springer.

Well done Neil.


Monday, 22 April 2024 15:03

First catch of the season

Peter Easton had the right idea today and took his rod to the river Ness. Only his second trip this season and was rewarded with a cracking sea liced spring Salmon of around 11lb -  the first of the IAC this year, very very well done Peter!

The conditions right now are just perfect, nice and settled along with a dropping river. Most importantly some decent runs of fish going through, that is 3 that I know of reported on the lower system today.

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Thursday, 18 April 2024 10:44

Coul fishing offer

John Macaskill, head ghillie on the Coul Beat of the River Conon, is again offering free fishing to junior angling club members. Three dates are available — August 12, 13 and 14 which is within the school holidays. Junior members of Inverness Angling Club should contact treasurer and membership secretary John Ralph via letter or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they wish to put their names forward for nomination, please provide the name, contact details and address of the accompanying adult. Each junior must be accompanied by an adult on the day.

In addition, a raffle is being run to give adults the opportunity to fish the Coul beats in a prime week of the season — the week beginning Monday, July 1st. The winners will be drawn on Saturday, June 1st. Raffle tickets, at £20 per ticket, will be available shortly through John Ralph and Graham's Tackle Shop. The cut of date for purchase will be the 20th of May.

Last year’s event was a great success with anglers landing quite a few fish, hooking and losing many more and raising £1,960 for the Missing Salmon Alliance.

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 23:02

Bank Maintenance 5th May

The work party scheduled for the 28th of April has now been amended to the 5th of May meeting at the Archimedes for 09:30 - As much available help from members would be greatly appreciated, please get in touch with Ally Henderson to let him know if you can make it. He can be contacted on 07917301555.


Friday, 05 April 2024 10:29

Lower Ness System

Catches on the upper Ness system since the beginning of the season have been steady and slowly increasing as the season progresses, focus is now turning to the lower stretches where catches of spring salmon are also starting to increase with the lower water levels. Dochfour have reported 4 this week before the weather took a nasty turn on Thursday.

Looking ahead river levels seem to be holding steady at around 1m on the Sepa guage, a change away from the cold easterly winds would be most welcome. Saturday is looking nice and mild into the afternoon with southerly winds and should be pleasant for a cast, Monday is looking even better, it will hopefully not be long before the first springer is caught in the coming weeks.

Tight Lines

Friday, 22 March 2024 15:37

Volunteers Required

IAC are looking for volunteers to carry out bank maintenance on the 14th and 5th of May, meeting at Whin Park for 10am.

If you can assist it would be greatly appreciated, please get in touch Ally Henderson the club secretary on 07917301555 to let him know you can attend.



Wednesday, 28 February 2024 16:13

Exchange Ticket Reminder

Exchange Tickets

Just a polite reminder that club exchange tickets booked via Graham's Tackle Shop are fished on a C&R basis only.

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 16:09

Avoid Penalty

Anglers have just 4 weeks to renew their Inverness Angling Club permits for 2024, without penalty. From midnight (March 31) a penalty of £20 is payable on top of the standard senior membership fee. Contact membership secretary John Ralph before the 19th of March to renew in time. Local members can still attend Graham's Tackle Shop until Saturday the 30th to renew.

Monday, 19 February 2024 14:55

River Levels

River levels on the Ness have been up and down of late and  unfortunately still on the high side to fish well. This week is looking nice and dry so we should see levels dropping to intercept some spring salmon that are running the system.

With levels high early runners are in and away to the sanctuary of Loch Ness, ideally the club require lower water to slow them up a bit. March can be a good month for some early sport, so get yourself onto the river and enjoy a cast.

Tight Lines

Monday, 19 February 2024 14:45

Tying class closes

Inverness Angling Club’s Cascade Fly Tying group completed its 2023/24 run on Wednesday night with participants demonstrating the skills they had developed over the four month series.

The group is pictured with instructors Jimmy Stewart (far left), Graham MacKenzie (far right) and Christa Douglas (second from right).


Tying pic

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 20:10

2024 Season Conservation Policy

2024 Conservation policy of the Ness system. Please have a read.

Conservation Policy 2024 (3)


Thursday, 01 February 2024 20:20

It's official!!

Hearty anglers turned out in good numbers today to welcome in the new season.

Scott Hay piped keen fishers down to the water side where veteran angler Sandy Paterson had the honour of the first cast.

Those in attendance were treated to refreshments and a bacon roll courtesy of Pringles Woolen Mill.

The first springer of the season was also reported today from the upper ness catchment, so get yourself out there for a cast!



Mill Owner

Sandy and family

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 18:24

Are you prepared for spring fishing?

The 2024 Season is almost upon us!

With early high cold water, it can pay to get out on the river for a couple of hours given the right conditions, and with the right gear you have a good chance of connecting with some early season monsters.

Sinking lines, large tube flies and some weighted minnows/tobys will see you right. I remember one day (2016 good spring year) fishing high spring water (1.3m on the Sepa gauge) with a hover shooting head, 10 ft ex super-fast tip along with a 2" copper posh tosh.

First run through the pool, the line was coming round lovely, and everything went nice and tight - The reward was a spring fish of around 12lb. This same year the first fish was caught by Tony Quinn the month before in early April.

The previous year (2023) it was March where Kevo landed that first of the season, the thing to remember is they all have to swim past us to get to the loch. So, when you can spare an hour or 2 it can pay to get out on the river for a cast or two! Then get warmed up in the Mill for a breakfast to finish your morning.

Just remember to mind the redds when you are wading, and try avoid it altogether when you can, and keep close to the bank went you can't.

Tight lines for the 2024 season.

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 16:50

Change to opening day first cast

There will be a slight change to the first cast on opening day due to the Fisheries Minister having to pull out last minute - The honour will now go to veteran angler Sandy Patterson.

Sandy is a well-known and well-respected member of the IAC, it will be his 80th Birthday year so an extra special season for him. What better way to start an 80th birthday season than to open his favourite River.

Monday, 29 January 2024 11:47

Passing of former member

It is with more sadness to announce the death of former long-term member of the Inverness Angling Club.

Douglas Grigor (Dougie) aged seventy-nine passed away suddenly but peacefully at Raigmore Hospital on the 18th of January 2024.

There will be a funeral service on the 2nd of February 12 noon at John Fraser and son, Chapel Street, Inverness. No flowers but donations to the Highland Hospice may be given.

Thoughts go out to his family as this sad time.

Sunday, 21 January 2024 18:59

Opening Day Ceremony

Opening day of the 2024 Salmon season on the river Ness is upon us and is a mere 12 days away, how time flies!

Mairi Gougeon Scottish Fisheries Minister will be in attendance to open the river with the first cast at the Mill Stream pool.

Anglers will meet at the Mill 10am for 10:30am on Thursday the 1st of Feburary, so please do come along.

As always there will be a piper for the ceremony, bacon rolls and a dram waiting for you to warm you up.


Opening Day sponsored by Neil Souter of James Pringle Weavers - Woollen Mill, Inverness.

Friday, 19 January 2024 18:50

Ness District Fishery Board Annual Public Meeting

The NDFB will be hosting their annual public meeting on Tuesday the 23rd of January 2024, 7pm Highland Rugby Club, Canal Park, Clubhouse, Inverness, IV3 5SS.

The following matters will be considered:

- The activities of the Board for the year to December 2023

- Presentation of the 2023 Annual Report and Accounts

- Priorities for the Board for the next year

- Question and Answer Session

Places are limited so please contact Claire Mackay This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01463 796057 to register an interest in attending.

Thursday, 18 January 2024 21:48

Great Sadness

It is with great sadness to announce the death of another long-term Inverness Angling Club member.

Kenny Mackenzie (also known to many as sweetie man Kenny) sadly passed away on Monday the 15th of January.

He was another well-known regular at the Mill Stream pool, Both Kenny and Archie served on the committee for several years.

Funeral for Kenny is on the 30th Jan 12:30 at William Frasers if anyone would like to pay respects.

Thoughts are with both families at this sad time.

Wednesday, 17 January 2024 14:21

Sad loss of long term member

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of long term member Archie Campbell - Archie frequently fished the Mill pool of the Inverness Angling Club and was also a regular down at the Little Isle pool nearly every Saturday morning for a blether, he will be sorley missed.

Monday, 01 January 2024 13:46

Happy New Year

From all of us at Inverness Angling Club, we would like to wish you Tight Lines for 2024.



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