News 2019

News 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019 16:43

Merry Christmas!

Alex Elliott, president of Inverness Angling Club, sends his best wishes to all members and their families for a very merry Christmas. He added: “At this very special time of the year I hope all our members and friends have a very happy time.”

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 20:40

Tips from top tyers

Top tyer Ali Hutchens travelled from Speyside last week to help develop the skills of Inverness tyers, as well as giving further encouragement to youngsters to aim high in their chosen hobby and sport. 

For the week’s class, in Dow’s Bistro on Wednesday evening, another top tyer will demonstrate his skills. Graham Nichols of Grainhead Flies will travel from Golspie to pass on his tips for the successful tube flies. The class is grateful to them both.

Top tutor: Ali Hutchens (top) demonstrates his tying skills

Monday, 02 December 2019 19:42

Join the debate

BBC Scotland’s political discussion programme, Debate Night, is heading to Inverness on Wednesday (December 4) when n audience can question politicians and public figures. The BBC is looking for audience members to take part in the programme.

To apply Click on this link or go to and click “join the Debate Night audience”. Choose “4th Dec” from the dropdown box when asked “which programme are you applying?” Audience members are asked to arrive at the Merkinch Community Centre at around 18.30 for a 20.00-21.00 record.

Saturday, 30 November 2019 17:01

Permit production underway

As usual, Inverness Angling Club is making very effort to have its adult permits for the 2020 season available soon so that caring relations can secure valued Christmas presents for keen anglers. These permits, which cover male, lady, intermediate, concession and associate membership categories, will be ready for issue through Graham’s tackle shop as soon a the print order is delivered. Watch this space….!

It is worth noting that Graham’s continue to deliver a great service for the club. They issue, take payments and record permit distribution at no charge to the club. In return, members could repay some of this service by buying tackle from the shop or the company’s web site: The shop is open from 12 noon to 4 pm on Sundays in December.

Friday, 22 November 2019 20:35

Membership stable

Reports to Inverness Angling Club’s AGM confirmed that membership showed a slight increase overall, totalling 363 against 330 in 2018. This included 128 seniors, eight ladies, 104 juniors, 41 concessionary and 39 associates. The special introduction rate of £100 attracted 35 anglers who had not been members of the club in the previous five years. 

Visitor ticket sales fell from 353 in 2018 to 162 this year. Sales of the sea trout ticket for the estuary area below the Black Bridge dropped from 49 in 2018 to 39 this year.

Friday, 22 November 2019 20:25

Poor year for catches

Catch statistics made poor reading for 2019. Spring catches were non-existent with the first fish of the year not being caught until July. Returns totalled 73 salmon and grilse with 16 being retained, a release rate of 78 per cent. The total catch in 2018 was 274. Sea trout catches were 32 with just five retained, a release rate of 84 per cent.

Friday, 22 November 2019 20:22

Committee appointments

Acting president Alex Elliott will continue as president of IAC following his election at the AGM. Other office bearers appointed were Bill Byers, vice president; Steve Black, secretary; Gordon Smith, treasurer; and John Ralph, membership secretary.

Committee members appointed were Neil Fraser, Steve Watt, Lawrence Deans, Harry Fraser, Tracy Stronach, Tony Quinn, Graham Forbes, Donnie Allan, Billy Orrock and John Sutherland.

Friday, 22 November 2019 20:19

Club achieves surplus

Members attending Inverness Angling Club’s annual general meeting last night (November 21) heard from treasurer Gordon Smith that the club had achieved a surplus on the year’s operations despite a significant fall in visitor fees. While membership fees rose to £33,560 compared to £31,540 in 2018, visitor fees fell from £9,076 to £5,178. 

Key costs for the year were £11,400 to The Highland Council for rent and £18,600 to the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board for fisheries assessment. A grant of £9,500 from Inverness Common Good Fund for the management of the town fishings helped to produce a total surplus of £12,831. This will help sustain the club’s financial health in the event of any future drop in income.

Friday, 22 November 2019 20:12

Club salutes success and service

President Alex Elliott presented two awards at the AGM. The Corie Horne Trophy for the first salmon of the year went to Davie Dyce, who regularly appears at the top of the catch list for the year. Another successful angler, Chris Bruce, was presented with the Angler of the Year trophy, recognising a commitment to the club which included many hours of bank clearing work over the year.

Champions: Alex Elliott presents annual trophies to Davey Dyce (above) and Chris Bruce (below)


Friday, 22 November 2019 20:09

Motions considered

Motions rejected by the AGM were - to apply the £150 adult rate of membership to ladies; to remove the requirement to report catches within 24 hours; to increase the maximum catch weight to 10 lbs; to change the prize structure of the Winter Trout League; to introduce a fly only trout angling permit on the club’s fishings; and to re-acquire the lease of a vacant fishery beat on the River Nairn. The committee agreed to advance postings to the club web site of motions to future AGMs.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:57

Come to AGM

Members of Inverness Angling Club are encouraged to attend the club’s annual general meeting in the Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall at 7.30 pm this Thursday (November 21). It is an opportunity for members to hear reports on club affairs and financial accounts, to ask questions from office bearers and to make their views known.

Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:36

Top team tackles banks

For most members of Inverness Angling Club the season is over. But others just can’t stay away from the sparkling waters of the River Ness - whether it’s for a chat with friends at the Little Isle, MacIntyre or Mill Stream huts, or to work up a sweat preparing the banks for next season.

A small team, led by Chris Bruce and Davey Dyce, has been out on the west side of the Mill Stream tackling overhanging branches, bushes and other vegetation that get in the way of casting for that elusive salmon. And the results are impressive.

Grafter: Chris cracks on

Clearway: Obstructions removed so roll on next season

Saturday, 09 November 2019 10:09

Tyers tackle three

Over 20 enthusiastic fly tyers gathered for the latest in the close season series of fly tying classes last Wednesday evening. Tutor Graham Forbes led the more experienced group in the tying of the Highland Welder, similar to the Flamethrower but tied in Green Highlander colours. Under the guidance of tutor David Mateer, the beginners and intermediate group tied variations of the Stoat’s Tail - the Silver Stoat and Thunder Stoat.

The next class, in the conference room of Dow’s Bistro at 7pm next Wednesday (November 13), will see the skilled group tie the Pot Belly Pig while beginners and intermediates will tackle two flies - the Mateer Monkey and the Tosh.

Tuition: David Mateer demonstrates variations of the Stoat's Tail


Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:15

Stoat’s Tail meets Highland Welder

Tutor David Mateer will return to the 2019/20 fly tying series this Wednesday evening when his expertise will help beginner and intermediate tyers tackle variations of the popular Stoat’s Tail. Traditionally, it’s one of the most successful salmon flies - and one which also catches its fair share of sea trout.

Most salmon fly patterns vary from the originals, according to the preferences of the tyer. The standard variations of the Stoat’s Tail are the Silver Stoat and the Thunder Stoat, both of which novices can tie perfectly with a little bit of practise.

In the experienced section of the class, tutor Graham Forbes will be taking his tyers through the intricacies of the Highland Welder, which is similar to a Flamethrower but tied in Green Highlander colours.

The classes, to which all are welcome, are held in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro on Balloan Road, Inverness, from 7 to 8.30 pm.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:18

Notice of 2019 AGM

Members of Inverness Angling Club are advised that the annual general meeting of the club will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall. The committee will submit to the meeting a report on club affairs and a certified statement of accounts for the financial year. The meeting will appoint office bearers, committee members and the accountant. 

Notices of motion intended to be submitted to the AGM must be made in writing, signed by the member giving the notice and delivered to the secretary 10 clear days before the date of the meeting (ie by Monday, November 11). 

These notices are posted as required by paragraphs 6.2 and 6.5 of the IAC Constitution. Contact details for the secretary are given in membership cards.

Sunday, 27 October 2019 13:01

A treat for tyers

Loch Achonachie Angling Club (LAAC) is offering a great opportunity for fly tyers with demonstrations at The Cottage Bar and Restaurant in Maryburgh on Saturday, November 2. 

Scottish international team member Allan Liddle will be tying trout dries for both river and loch, along with nymphs and wets; Sandy Howie and David Mateer will tie salmon flies; Liam Stephen will be on river nymphs; and Hamish Young will demonstrate loch dapping flies. Andy Downie from Dingwall Sports and Model Shop will be present with a range of Semperfli tying materials.

Tyers and LAAC members are looking forward to welcoming all interested anglers who can drop in any time during the day - from 11 am through to 4.30 pm.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:11

Youngsters tackle trouting

Inverness Angling Club coaches have completed a series of coaching events which introduced vulnerable youngsters to the joys of trout fishing.

Working with This is Me Highland, and Cindy Augur of Achagour Trout Fishery, coaches helped the youngsters, who were accompanied by parents, grasp the basics of casting. And they even get a few trout in the process. They had the best of gear - top of the range trout fly rods donated to the club by tackle manufacturers Loop.

Acting president Alex Elliott said: “This is Me Highland do some wonderful work with young people and we were pleased to help introduce them to a new activity. My personal thanks go to coaches Steve Black, Bill Byers, Frank Durdle, Alan Scott and Steve Watt for their commitment to helping more people to experience angling.”

In the pink: Frank Durdle works his magic

Success: A fish to remember

Friday, 18 October 2019 14:59

Club seeks volunteers for coach training

Coaching is one of the crucial keys to securing the future of Inverness Angling Club. If anyone needs to be convinced, just watch the coaching sessions run by the club every Wednesday night in June. There’s delight on the faces of youngsters as, having started from scratch, they build their casting skills to achieve decent lengths - and hit the centre of the target ring. It’s also satisfying for coaches to see more mature anglers sorting out problems with their technique and building skills that will help them cast further and catch more fish.

There are lots of people out there who could benefit from coaching, including novices who would join our club if they felt able to cast with ease. That’s why the club needs more coaches. At present, four trained coaches struggle to meet growing demand for help so the club is appealing for volunteers to attend coach training courses to be arranged locally with the Scottish Anglers National Association (SANA).

One thing is guaranteed. Qualified coaches bring big smiles to the faces of young and not to young anglers as they build their skills - and a lot of satisfaction for themselves, not only in helping build angling skills but ensuring the continuing success and growth of one of the top angling clubs in Scotland.

Volunteers should contact the secrfetary whose details are on membership cards or send a message through the contact facility of this web site.

Friday, 18 October 2019 14:57

Remember, remember, the 23rd of October

Inverness Angling Club members are reminded that annual catch returns must be submitted by Wednesday, October 23. They can be deposited in the boxes in the club huts at the Little Isle and Mill Stream, or at Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. Alternatively, they can be posted to the address on the returns card, but remember to leave time for delivery.

Friday, 18 October 2019 14:56

Concessions for over 65s

Inverness Angling Club offers concessionary membership to pensioners of 65 or over with a minimum of 12 years consecutive membership prior to application. Members who meet these conditions get a 50 per cent reduction on annual membership fees. Applications for concessionary membership must be made in writing, including a date of birth. They should be submitted to the membership secretary, John Ralph, whose contact details may be found on membership cards.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 17:30

Last day success for Donnie

For most of last week the River Ness was too high for fishing as heavy rain in the west pushed up the river to an uncomfortable, if not dangerous, level.

But by today, the close of the Ness season, the river had dropped significantly, and several anglers were out on the Red Braes, Weir, Mill Stream, McIntyre, Little Isle and Leaven Trees pools to try their luck.

Before heading home after a few hours on the river, Donnie Urquhart decided to have a cast with a 2.5 inch Devon minnow by Charlie’s Seat, at the tail of McIntyre. It was a good decision as he was rewarded with a salmon of 7.5 pounds.

Saturday, 12 October 2019 17:08

Happy day!

The day for Inverness Angling Club’s annual end of season BBQ dawned bright and dry, unlike earlier weather conditions which had raised river levels, flooded the usual MacIntyre location and forced a transfer to the anglers’ car park by the Mill Stream.

Good food, a dram or beer or two and lots of the ‘craic’ contributed to the usual happy event attended by local and visiting anglers, wives and families. A superb raffle provided lots of great prizes while raising significant funds to support the running of the club huts.

Family: Davey Dyce with Mum Mary

Trusty chef: Alex Elliott kept all fed

Raffle sellers: John Ralph with Mo Campbell and Sheila and Laura Deans

All ages: Mums and kids had a great time

Remembrance: Graham MacKenzie, with Natasha and Lorraine Hamilton,

reads "The Fisherman's Prayer" in memory of the late John Hamilton

Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:52

River rise forces BBQ venue change

Heavy rain over the past couple of days, with more forecast, has raised river levels and forced Inverness Angling Club to change the venue for the annual end of season BBQ on Saturday (October 12). The event will now be staged by the anglers’ hut on the riverside behind the Holm Mills Shopping Village. The event begins at 1230 hours and members are asked to gift a ‘little something’ to ensure that the raffle meets its usual standard. This raises the funds that support the costs of running the club huts throughout each year.

High water: The river floods the usual site of the BBQ

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:20

Better boat by far

What a difference! Walter Mackay has put in some sterling work to repair and revive the club’s Ruthven boat. He has fitted new fixed rowlocks, reinforced the gunwales with aluminium, fitted an extra seat and installed a foot strap to help with rowing. Finally, the boat has received a superb paint job.

Great job: Ready to rock Ruthven next season

Monday, 07 October 2019 20:25

Funeral arrangements for John

The funeral service for the late John Hamilton will take place at 10.30 am this Thursday (October 10). It will be held in the funeral home of William T Fraser and Son on Culduthel Road, Inverness, when fellow members of Inverness Angling Club will have the opportunity to pay their last respects to a good friend.

Monday, 07 October 2019 17:13

Top team tackles Mac

With the annual close of season BBQ set for this Saturday, a willing work crew got together today to tidy up the location alongside the MacIntyre Hut. But the simple tidy up appears to have grown arms and legs. 

The unstable riverside frontage of the area was bolstered with wire netting and river rubble, hard core was applied to soft areas and the immediate area was strimmed, while bushes and branches over a sizeable area of the left bank were trimmed back.

It was a big job well done by a team including Davey Dyce, Chris Bruce, Davey ‘Sea Trout’, Malcolm Riddell, James Emery, Ian Jennings, Dougie Dyce, Andy Massari and Mike Campbell.

Spadework: Ian Jennings gets stuck in

Looking good: James and Davey inspect the works

Mixers: Good work guys!

Sunday, 06 October 2019 21:06

Club loses popular member

John Hamilton, a life-long member of Inverness Angling Club and keen outdoorsman, died suddenly on Saturday (October 5). He was 64 and had suffered ill health for some years. 

A skilled angler and wildfowler, John had a varied career which included professional painting, the oil industry with the McDermott yard at Ardersier, the tackle shop of Grahams of Inverness and as a ghillie on the Laggan beat of the Ness. He had a range of high level practical skills and was the first port of call for anglers seeking repairs to rods and reels. His regular visits to the Little Isle Pool will be sorely missed.

John is survived by his wife Lorraine, daughter Natasha, son Paul and grandchildren, to whom club members extend their deepest sympathies. Funeral arrangements will be confirmed later.

Triumphant: John with his last fish, a fly-caught specimen

from the Little Isle Pool

Friday, 04 October 2019 17:22

Derek does it again

The Mill Stream is proving to be the perfect place for IAC member Derek Proctor. After landing a fresh fish of seven pounds there on Monday (September 30), the pool delivered further success for him today. This time it was a five pound hen grilse, just showing the first stages of colour, caught and released to continue its spawning journey.

Thursday, 03 October 2019 09:45

Join a league of sport

October heralds the start of the 11th annual winter trout league run under the colours of Inverness Angling Club. Competitors are preparing for their first session at Achagour Trout Fishery, checking rods, lines and casts, and the flies that will attract prize-winning rainbows. 

The league presents opportunities for enjoyable outings in which the ‘craic’ is just as important as the fishing. Those who have not yet entered can do so by downloading and submitting entry forms from this web site. Click on the icon at the top right of the home page, go to Fishing/Winter trout league and download the appropriate entry form.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 19:41

A tale of two anglers

Denny Mackay is a well known member of Inverness Angling Club who has caught a fair number of fish in his time. Although not fishing as much as before, he was in the right place at the right time on the Mill Stream today to land a seven pound cock salmon on his favoured two-inch Devon minnow.

Not so well known, at least to locals, is Joao Paulo Carvalho of Portugal who joined the club as an associate member this year, fishing the club beat from August 12 to 17. In a report submitted today, explained by the loss of his membership card, Joao confirmed that he caught a fresh grilse of around four pounds in the General’s Well Pool. Hopefully, Jaoa will return next season so that more of us will get to know him.

Monday, 30 September 2019 19:58

Get set for BBQ

Inverness Angling Club will stage its annual end-of-season barbecue at the MacIntyre Pool hut on Saturday, October 12, from around 12.30 pm. The event is a popular gathering of members and friends, with good food and an interesting raffle, the proceeds of which support the year round costs of the club huts. Anyone with a prize to donate should bring it with them on the day or deliver it to the Little Isle hut when convenient.

Monday, 30 September 2019 19:40

Marathon access restrictions

This week will see restrictions to access around the Little Isle in preparation for the annual Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running on Sunday, October 6. For logistical and safety reasons the weekend closure on Bught Road begins on Friday at 1.30 pm and continues through to Sunday midnight.

Significant logistics movements will take place around the Little Isle car park on Wednesday, October 2, when members are asked to park in the RNI car park wherever possible. Limited mobility/disabled members will get access towards the Little Isle car park via Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout and, depending on weather, they will be able to park on the Bught Park. They should show their club permit and disability pass at this junction. 

On Friday (October 4) from 1.30 pm, and all day Saturday, stewards are briefed that use of the Little Isle car park will be possible. Access by showing of passes will be at Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout.

Monday, 30 September 2019 18:28

Mill result for Derek

The last day of September was a good one for Inverness Angling Club member Derek Proctor. Out on the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a fresh fish of seven pounds. The river remains quiet with just hardened regulars covering the water. But fish are there and increased effort could see catch numbers rise in the run up to the end of the season on October 15.

Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:01

Time for a cast

Another two salmon were caught and released on the angling club beats today. Neil Fraser was out early on the General’s Well Pool where he landed a four pound grilse. In the afternoon, following high tide, Chris Bruce got back to his old ways, landing and releasing an eight pound fish from the Mill Stream. With just 14 fishing days to the end of the season, now is the time for those last few casts to save a blank.

Friday, 27 September 2019 21:31

Perseverance pays

Put in the hours and you will secure success, even in a season where the fish may be few and far between. And that’s certainly what Davie Dyce does. Out on the MacIntyre again today, he landed an eight pound salmon. No other catch reports have come in as yet.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:33

Just reward for James

Over the years, many anglers have travelled long distances to experience and enjoy fishing the club water of the River Ness. One of the most recent long term visitors is James Emery from Norfolk, an associate member who has spent many weeks on the river - fishing hard and helping out with bank works. And he got just reward today with a four pound grilse caught and returned on a Ghillie fly.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 13:34

Time for returns

Inverness Angling Club is preparing for the mandatory process of collecting catch returns for the 2019 season. Returns boxes have been placed in the Mill Stream and Little Isle huts, and in Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. Accurate catch returns are crucial if the River Ness is to avoid any risk of being demoted to conservation category three in 2021. All returns, using the detachable forms on the membership  cards, must be submitted no later than October 23.

Another legal requirement for the 2019 season is a return of fishing effort - the number of days spent per month per angler fishing the club water for salmon. Members should note that failure to comply could result in prosecution. 

There is no provision for effort in the catch return form as this new requirement was announced after club cards were printed. It should be possible, using a fine tipped pen, to enter the days fished against each month on the right hand side of the catch return. If not, please enter the month and days fished on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the returns card.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 18:49

Father follows son

Yesterday, Donald MacPherson Jnr landed an eight pound salmon from the Red Braes Pool. Today, it was the turn of Donald MacPherson Snr. Fishing his favoured spot at the Cross Hedgings, below the General’s Well Pool, ‘old’ Donald caught a fine six pound grilse.

Monday, 23 September 2019 14:00

Fish - at last!

Salmon have been hard to come by on Inverness Angling Club’s beat over the past couple of weeks. But Donald MacPherson and Tony Quinn ended the famine this morning with a fish each from the left bank of the Red Braes Pool. And Donald reported heartening signs of fish running through the river. His fish of eight pounds was taken on a red Park shrimp while the ever-popular Cascade brought success for Tony. The third fish of the day, a fly-caught coloured three pound hen, was landed at the tail of the MacIntyre Pool by Ally Henderson.

Social media reported a salmon being caught towards the end of last week, now confirmed as a six pound cock fish from the MacIntyre on Friday by Lee Mackenzie. Members and visitors are reminded that all catches must be reported to the club within 24 hours. It's an easy process. Details of how to report are given in membership cards and visitor permits.

Nice one!: Tony's Braes catch

Happy! This fish produced a smile from Donald

Sunday, 22 September 2019 14:31

Ruthven boat off for season

Inverness Angling Club has removed its boat from Loch Ruthven for the rest of the trout season, which ends on October 6. It appears that a removable seat fitted earlier this season has caused a small crack which requires repair.

A padlock which secured the boat’s oars has gone missing. Acting president Alex Elliott has appealed to the person who failed to refit the padlock to call him to explain the omission. A record is maintained of all users so it would be better for this member to call before the club has to contact them formally. Alex’s mobile number is printed on the club membership card.

Culprit: The removable seat

Problem: The crack under the gunwale

Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:37

Boat removed for maintenance

Ruthven regulars should note that the club boat on this popular trout loch will not be available from this weekend. It is being removed for essential maintenance. Watch this space for updates.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 19:52

More to come?

With the autumn, the Braes Pool of Inverness Angling Club’s fishings comes into its own. It has been delivering a few fish already, the latest a fresh eight pounder today (September 17) to the rod of Andy Massari. The hope is that there will be more to come. 

Monday, 16 September 2019 13:02

Ladies return for casting tuition

Just over a couple of weeks ago, the ‘Ladies who go Fishing’ day on the club water of the River Ness was cut short as extremely heavy and persistent rain raised the river to a dangerous level. As a result, three of the ladies - Seonaid Mustard, Fiona Johnston and Jane Spoor, who had spent the morning at Highland Hospice being taught knots and fly tying - were denied an afternoon of casting tuition.

But the ladies were determined to secure an introduction to the finer arts of salmon fly casting and Inverness Angling Club coaches Graham MacKenzie and Alan Scott were happy to respond - hosting the ladies on the Little Isle Pool. Again, weather played a part - this time downstream winds that gusted to over 40 mph. The ladies persevered, however, and all three made good progress in using the double Spey and snake roll casts. Associate member James Emery from Norfolk also deserves thanks for being on hand to serve up tea and coffee.

Leading ladies: High winds did not trouble these enthusiastic Ladies who go Fishing

Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:41

Otter claims pink

What is believed to be the first sign of Pacific pink salmon in the Ness catchment this year came with the discovery of the remains of a humpback at the tail of the MacIntyre Pool this week. It looks as though it is what's left of an otter’s meal and was found by James Buchanan who alerted the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. A regular visitor from Kirkintilloch, James recently rescued a distressed baby otter from the river.

Terrific teeth: The head of the pink salmon found by the Ness

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:02

Access restrictions for marathon

Early October will see the usual disruption to angler access to the Little Isle Pool for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. But organisers are doing everything they can to minimise the impact on anglers.

For logistical and safety reasons the weekend closure on Bught Road begins on Friday at 1.30 pm and continues through to Sunday midnight.

Significant logistics movements will be taking place around the isle car park on Wednesday, October 2, when members are asked to park in the RNI car park wherever possible.

Limited mobility/disabled members will get access towards the Little Isle car park and, depending on weather, they will be able to park hard right on the Bught Park. Access for limited mobility/disabled members will be via Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout They should show their pass and disability pass where appropriate at this junction. 

On Friday (October 4) from 1.30 pm, and all day Saturday, stewards are briefed that use of the Little Isle fisherman’s car park will be possible. Access by showing of passes will be at Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout.

Monday, 09 September 2019 21:44

Time to trout

Time flies when you’re having fun. And time has certainly flown by since the first IAC Winter Trout League was staged at Achagour Trout Fishery. We celebrated the tenth anniversary of the league over the 2018/19 sessions and next month (October) will see the start of the eleventh consecutive tournament.

Organiser Alex Elliott is looking forward to seeing all previous participants and to welcoming new ones. Give it a try; it’s challenging at times but really rewarding on a good day. Those who read the water and weather conditions, and come up with the right fly or lure, can score well.

Alex is also keen to see more under 16 junior club members taking part in the competition, subject to the agreement and support of parents or guardians, and transporting them to the fishery.

Senior and junior entry forms, and the competition rules, can be downloaded from the web site by clicking the content index on the top right of the home page, selecting Fishing and Winter Trout League.

Friday, 06 September 2019 20:54

Fly tying series set to re-start

Successful angling engages a variety of skills - none more so than the tying of flies. They are the essential element in attracting, hooking and landing your chosen quarry. Salmon flies embody shape, movement and colour to attract a fish that stops feeding as it enters fresh water. Trout flies are designed to match the type of insect on which fish are feeding. 

IAC runs a close season fly tying class which has helped develop anglers’ skills and introduced novices to this fascinating pastime. And some have already experienced the thrill of catching a fish on a fly they’ve tied.

Accredited coaches and expert tyers lead the classes which will be held in the upstairs conference suite of Dow’s Bistro on Balloan Road, Inverness, from 7 to 8.30 pm each Wednesday evening. They will run from October 23 to December 11, break for the festive season, re-start on January 15 and close on February 26. 

Novices and non-members are welcome. Tools and materials can be supplied. Those who did not take part in the 2018/19 series should register by Friday, October 4, 2019, by text to 07785 287995 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving their full name, age, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Concentration: Tyers creating their favourite flies

Sunday, 01 September 2019 09:33

Mixed fortunes

The final fishing days of August proved to be one of mixed fortunes on the River Ness. Friday brought smiles to the faces of members Ally Henderson, Donald MacPherson and John Benson with fine individual catches. Saturday saw Ladies who Fish enjoy a fish-less but successful day raising funds for the Highland Hospice. That was until early afternoon when many hours of incessant rain produced a fast rising river which scuppered the hopes of visiting ladies and local anglers.

Ally Henderson was out on the Silver Wells on Friday where perseverance produced a fresh fly-caught grilse of six pounds. Meanwhile, Donald MacPherson was up on the Mill Stream where he landed a cock fish of seven pounds. In the evening, downstream on the Friar’s Shott, John Benson’s continuing search for sea trout was rewarded with a two and a half pounder caught then released on a size 14 teal blue and silver.

Success: Another fish for Ally

Saturday, 31 August 2019 17:20

Ladies take to the Ness

Incessant rain failed to dampen the spirits of the ‘Ladies who Fish’ on a visit to the River Ness today (August 31). Organised by Inverness Angling Club and FishPal in aid of the Highland Hospice, the event attracted 14 ladies from as far apart as Fort William Inverness, Newcastle and Edinburgh. 

On hand with support were members and coaches of Inverness Angling Club, together with world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie and instructors Frank Durdle and David Mateer. Rising water led to an early finish, of safety grounds, with no fish caught. But the ladies enjoyed being introduced to the mysteries of angling knots and tying flies in the shelter of the Hospice building. The day raised £1,060 for hospice funds.

Little Isle: FishPal's Ann Woodcock goes for salmon

Mill Stream: Lady and ghillie

Happy bunch: The umbrella keeps Chris dry

Tips: Frank introduces essential knots

Skills: David gives tying tips

Worthwhile: A good day raised valuable funds

Friday, 30 August 2019 12:26

Ladies say thanks

Ladies who fish got together with men who fish on the Mill Stream Pool of the River Ness today (August 30). The purpose was for ladies who were coached by Inverness Angling Club in last year’s highly successful ladies day to say thanks to the men who gave up their time to coach them in casting techniques.

It was the ladies turn to act as ghillies today, with donations going to charitable causes chosen by the club. Saturday will see another ladies day in which the club joins forces with FishPal to raise funds for the Highland Hospice.

Getting together: Ladies and gents at the Mill Stream

In the pink: Steve Watt and Alex Elliott

Ladies who ghillie: Cheyenne Stronach coaches Alex Elliott while FishPal’s Ann Woodcock assists Steve Watt

Thursday, 29 August 2019 21:04

Two from Mill

The Mill Stream produced two fish today (August 29). Andrew Fraser had a four pound grilse while Murray Richardson landed and released a fly-caught seven pounder.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 14:12

Angler rescues fellow fisher

An otter cub owes its life to an angler making an early morning visit to the River Ness. Over the last few months, James Buchanan has been making extended visits from his home in Kirkintilloch to the Ness fishings managed by Inverness Angling Club, of which he is an associate member.

Entering the river at the Little Isle Pool early this morning James heard loud screaming noises coming from the opposite bank of the river, running alongside Island Bank Road.

“I thought it was a couple of birds of prey screaming at each other,’ said James. “But then fellow angler Donnie Cameron pointed out that it was a cub otter which appeared to be in some distress.”

He went on: “I followed it downstream, crossed the Infirmary Bridge and found it lying partly on the bank. It seemed utterly exhausted and appears to have been separated from its mother and siblings by the high water of last week. 

“I got a couple of bites when trying to pick it up so I took off my shirt and wrapped it up in that. It settled down as I walked up to the anglers’ hut. We alerted the SSPCA and an officer came and took it into their care.”

IAC acting president Alex Elliott said: “We enjoy seeing the otters on the river. They are a key element of the wildlife habitat provided by the city’s unique Ness Islands. James did a really good job in rescuing this cub. Hopefully, it will make a full recovery and return to its native river.”

Otterman: James Buchanan with the rescued cub otter

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 20:41

Cascade catch

Despite some increased activity over the last few days, just one fish was reported from the club water today (August 27). Fishing the Pass, Jordon Grant had a four pound grilse caught on a Cascade.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:30

Works appeal

Work to complete the clearance of the right bank of the MacIntyre Pool will continue this coming Sunday (September 1). Once again, the club is appealing for members to help. Anyone who has an hour or two to spare should join Chris Bruce, and a couple of associate members who have already volunteered, at the Mill Hut at 11 am. This final stage of works should give members better access to a leading pool when, hopefully, an autumn run of fish will deliver results.

Monday, 26 August 2019 14:05

First from island pass

The island pass on the town fishings of the River Ness runs from the weir at the tail of the General’s Well Pool down to the top of the Little Isle Pool. It’s often ignored by both local and visiting anglers but not so today (August 26) by IAC member Roderick MacCuish. Fishing a copper Toby, Roderick landed and released a six pound grilse - his first of the season.

Up on the MacIntyre Pool, Davie Dyce increased his tally with a fly-caught six pounder, duly released. James Buchanan, an associate member from Kirkintilloch, also added to his total catch with a seven pounder from the left bank of the Mill Stream.

Good grilse: The first of the season for Roderick

Sunday, 25 August 2019 14:59

Members tool up to tackle banks

Club volunteers gathered at the Mill Stream this morning (August 25) to continue bank works designed to benefit all members. Although fewer than expected turned out from a club with such a large membership, the team soon got started clearing overgrown paths, bankside bushes and overhanging branches from the right bank of the Weir Pool down towards the MacIntyre Pool. A collection of new power tools improved the efficiency of the works efforts which will continue over the next week or so.

Before: Just one section of the Mill Stream bank

After: Tidier with no obstructions

Saturday, 24 August 2019 21:32

Events for those who go fishing

Here’s an offer that’s difficult to refuse - a free day’s fishing for men, coached by women, with a lunch time barbecue by the riverside and the chance to help charities through donations and a great prize draw.

The event is being staged by Inverness Angling Club (IAC) in association with angling agency FishPal. All interested should gather at the Mill Stream hut, behind the Holm Mills Shopping Village, at 10.30 am on Friday, August 30. The club is seeking volunteers from qualified coaches and competent anglers to help instruct inexperienced casters. They should confirm their attendance by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 noon on Thursday, August 30, to assist the organisation of catering.

The following day sees a repeat of last year’s successful ‘Ladies Who Go Fishing’ day in which lady anglers - novice, intermediate or experienced -  will be coached by world Speycasting champion Scott MacKenzie, SGAIC instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle, and Inverness Angling Club coaches and members.

The day begins with a bacon roll breakfast at the Highland Hospice, following which ladies will form groups of beginners, those with a little experience and ladies who fish regularly. After a break for lunch at the Hospice the afternoon session will start at 2 pm. The day concludes at 4.30 pm when it’s back to the Hospice for tea, coffee and cake. The cost for the day, inclusive of angling permit, tuition and food is £60 per lady. Places for Ladies Day should be booked with Sue Munro by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All proceeds will go to the Highland Hospice.

Saturday, 24 August 2019 09:47

First for Dougie

IAC member Dougie Dyce realised an ambition early today (August 24). Fly fishing the east bank of the Braes with fellow member Ally Henderson, he hooked and landed his first ever salmon - a grilse of five pounds. Congratulations Dougie, and welcome to the successful pursuit of Salmo Salar! 

Another member who was out early today was Michael Grant, who caught and released a four pound grilse on a home-tied orange Francis half inch copper tube before first light. Kevin Macdonald landed a four pounder on the fly from the MacIntyre Pool. Donnie Cameron added to his tally with a four pound cock grilse caught and released on the Little Isle.


Delighted: A happy Dougie with his first salmon

Friday, 23 August 2019 20:22

Grilse for Derek

Derek Proctor’s trusted black and orange Devon minnow was on the mark again today (August 23). The Mill Stream was the location and the result was a five pound grilse.

Friday, 23 August 2019 10:43

The Mac delivers again

The Scandinavian Rapala lure is not commonly used on the River Ness but it helped Davie Dyce to increase his score on Thursday (August 22). Fishing the MacIntyre Pool, Davie landed a four pound grilse in the area by Charlie’s Seat, a bench installed in honour of the late Charlie MacKenzie, a long term president of Inverness Angling Club who made this pool his own.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 20:37

Braes brace for Ally

High water brings some pools on the River Ness into action, whereas other pools are more suited to lower water. Whatever the water height, there are always pools that will produce results. That’s what makes the Ness such an attractive, season round option for anglers.

At present, high water makes the Red Braes one of the key places to go. The pool provided a brace for Ally Henderson today - fly-caught fish of four and seven pounds.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:38

Ness downgraded but no change expected

Initial assumptions about the application of proposed conservation gradings for the River Ness in 2020 would appear to have been misplaced. The proposals from Marine Scotland will mean that the entire Ness System will be downgraded to Category 2 as the River Moriston, a Special Area of Conservation, is not expected to reach the threshold required for Category 1.

it is expected, however, that the current conservation agreement governing the River Ness will continue. Unless proposals change as a result of the consultation, the regulations governing the River Ness will be as follows:

February 1 to March 31 - Mandatory catch and release under separate legislation governing all Scotland’s salmon fisheries, to protect spring running salmon.

April 1 to June 30 - Mandatory catch and release under local conservation agreements to protect spring running fish in the Ness System.

July 1 to October 15 - The taking of fish is restricted to a TOTAL of two cock fish of eight pounds or under FROM THE NESS SYSTEM per season (ie not from every beat), and only one in any given week.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:08

Doughty Davie!

Davie Dyce didn’t break any records today with another fish from the Little Isle Pool of the River Ness. But he did break yet another rod. The lads at the isle hut are beginning to lose count! Just for the record, the fly-caught fish weighed in at five pounds and was released.

Donnie Urquhart took a swing down to the Weir Pool, a much favoured and successful spot for him. And it was again - a seven pounder taken on a Devon minnow.

Safely released: Nice one from the isle

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:05

My Ness debate

The long awaited special meeting of the City of Inverness Area Committee, called to discuss the merits of the My Ness project, produced some extensive debate in the HQ chambers of Highland Council today (August 20). A web cast of the meeting can be accessed on the council’s web site.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:02

Conservation proposals announced

The Scottish Government has published its proposed salmon conservation gradings for 2020. The proposals are now out for consultation with any representations or objections required by September 19. The conservation status of the River Ness remains at Category 1, but will operate at Category 2 until the end of June to protect spring fish migrating to the Special Area of Conservation at the River Moriston. This arrangement continues the practice of the current year. The full proposals are available at

Monday, 19 August 2019 17:43

Braes delivers

Davie Dyce was on the mark again today (August 19), this time on the bottom beat of the Red Braes. Fishing a silver Toby, he landed a fresh three pound grilse which was badly scarred. It was released to continue its spawning run.

Sunday, 18 August 2019 22:21

Club needs works volunteers

Weather conditions and rising river levels forced Inverness Angling Club to cancel its last work party arranged to clear bank areas badly affected by over growth of vegetation. A new work party is being arranged for next Sunday (August 25). The club is appealing for volunteers to help ensure easy access to all parts of the club waters. 

This is a matter that concerns, and benefits, all members so sparing an hour or so to share the load is not much to ask. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Mill hut at 10.30. With sufficient volunteers, individual groups can be assigned to tackle all bank areas needing attention. The work will be made much easier by the recent purchase of additional power tools. 

Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:34

First from Provan’s Pool

Two fish have been reported so far from the IAC water on Saturday (August 17). Derek Proctor caught a five pound grilse from the Mill Stream on a black and orange Devon minnow. The first of the season from Provan’s Pool was a fly-caught four pounder by Alan Douglas.

Saturday, 17 August 2019 14:13

International visitors

Inverness Angling Club welcomes visitors from many parts of the world. And this year many of these visitors have converted weekly or daily permits to associate membership, which provides season-long fishing and encourages more frequent visits.

One such member is Paulo Carvalho from Portugal, who took out associate membership while on holiday in the Highlands. And the club and River Ness gave him a warm welcome. Paulo caught a grilse of four pounds from the bottom of the Little Isle Pool yesterday (Friday). The fish was netted by local member Davey Dyce and released. Meanwhile, another overseas visitor on a day ticket, Mathias Viethen, also landed a salmon.

Friday, 16 August 2019 20:05

Stalwart scores

Club stalwart Murray Richardson had a four pound grilse from the Red Braes today (August 16) while James Buchanan landed a nine pounder from the Silver Wells on a Toby. Both fish were released. The Silver Wells was also a good spot the previous evening for committed sea trout angler John Benson, landing a bonnie fish of just under two pounds.

Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:15

Another for Donnie

IAC member Donnie Cameron continued his run of catches today (August 15) with a fly-caught six pound grilse from the MacIntyre, duly released.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:57

Success for two

Two grilse were reported from the IAC fishings of the River Ness today (August 14). Andy Massari had a seven pound cock fish while spinning the Braes Pool. Down on the Little Isle, George Mackenzie landed and released a six pound cock fish caught on a red brass tube fly.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:18

He’s done it again!

The trek upstream from the Mill buildings to the Weir Pool is not the easiest approach to a pool, even for the club’s younger, fitter members. But it doesn’t discourage veteran fisher, octogenarian Melvin Smith. Mel was there again this morning (August 13) to hook, land and release his second fish from the pool this season - a magnificent cock salmon of nine pounds.

The General’s Well Pool is often ignored by anglers but is always worth a cast. That’s where Michael Grant wet a line today and was rewarded with a four pound grilse, duly released. It was attracted by a 1/2 inch Red Francis copper tube.

Monday, 12 August 2019 21:31

Two fish from high water

An early morning visit to one of his favourite spots on the River Ness today (August 12) brought success for Neil Fraser. Fishing the east bank at the tail of the islands he landed and released a grilse of four pounds. Up on the MacIntyre Pool, a Toby took a five pound fish for James Buchanan.

While higher water has encouraged many club members and visitors to get out for a cast, catch activity is well below seasonal expectations. Hopefully, catches will rise as the water level drops back a little and all pools can be fished comfortably.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 19:24

Ness activity continues

Hopes were high for Ness anglers venturing out on the IAC fishings today (Saturday, August 10) after rising water brought a welcome increase in catches the previous day - boosting the average of just one a day to four! And some were lucky.

First off the mark was Ally Henderson with a seven pound fly-caught fish from the east bank of the Braes. Next was Chris Bruce, returning to his catching ways of last season with a four pound fish from the MacIntyre. Derek Proctor paid a successful visit to the Mill Stream, landing a six pound grilse. Down on the Little Isle, Donnie Cameron made it four with a fly-caught grilse of four pounds safely netted by young Gordon Stronach.

Braes boost: A cracker for Ally

Chuffed: Catcher and assistant!

Friday, 09 August 2019 17:27

Bank works cancelled

Heavy rainfall and rising river levels have forced Inverness Angling Club to call off their works party scheduled for Sunday (August 11). Acting president Alex Ellott said: “Apart from the discomfort of working in a wet environment of bushes, trees, fern and grass, our prime concern is for the safety of members. The river is likely to continue to rise over the next 24 to 36 hours, creating risks that don’t normally interfere with bank works.”

Friday, 09 August 2019 17:23

Catches increase

As the River Ness rose, the Red Braes Pool was the choice for Donnie Allan’s early morning cast today (Friday, August 9). And it was a successful outing. Fishing a Toby, Donnie landed a fresh grilse of seven pounds which he had intended to release. But the fish was deeply hooked and was dispatched after 10 minutes trying to revive it. Also on the Braes, David Crerar cusght a lively cock fish on a Snaelda fly.

The higher water also brought success for Davey Dyce, Forsaking his usual fly rod, Davey switched to a Devon minnow and landed two fish from his favoured Silver Wells pool. Weights were estimated at seven and 12 pounds.

Good catch: Grilse from the Braes

Tide fresh: David's Braes fish


Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:07

Mucky waters

The River Ness rarely colours as the massive waters of Loch Ness usually filters out any muck. But today (August 7) was an exception. Heavy overnight rain and overflowing burns turned the river an almost impenetrable brown, discouraging anglers. Some hardy souls, including visitors who were not going to let conditions stop them having a cast, kept plugging away during the day. Local member John Sutherland was among them, fishing the clearer west bank of the Mill Stream, and was rewarded with a five pound grilse.

Classic: A Ness grilse for John

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 19:53

Maz makes two

Maz Stephen continues to get due reward for the hours he puts in on the club water of the River Ness. Following his recent 21 pounder from the Weir Pool, he landed a nice grilse from the Mill Stream today (August 6). Despite good water, and more anglers out on the water, catches continue to be slow. Hopefully, more fish will arrive soon.

Nice one: Grilse for Maz

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 11:51

Members make bank progress

Bank clearance works will continue around Inverness Angling Club’s fishings on Sunday (August 11). Volunteers are asked to meet at the Mill hut at 10.30 am when new equipment will be available to help make the works quicker and easier. The club has invested in another strimmer and hedge trimmer, added a pole saw to tackle high branches and purchased a range of associated safety equipment.

Meanwhile, local and associate members have begun to make a real difference to the right bank of the MacIntyre Pool - one of the top pools on the river where the growth of trees and hedges has been impeding access. Setting an example were Donnie Allan and Chris Bruce, together with associate members Ian Jennings, from Wolverhampton, and James Emery, from Norfolk.

Apart from Sunday’s works, any member who can contribute an hour or so to clearing banks can pick up the appropriate tools from Mike Campbell (Tel: 01463 751324) who is storing and maintaining the equipment.

Before: Like a jungle

After: Clear banks, proud members

Monday, 05 August 2019 22:30

Fair ends on a high

Anglers’ Corner at the Highland Field Sports Fair enjoyed two very busy days over Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). Run by Inverness Angling Club, the feature was a popular attraction with casting competitions, demonstrations and tuition. 

Fraser Smith won the men’s distance casting event on Saturday but was just pipped at the post for the overall championship by Aiden MacDonald’s effort of the previous day. The senior trout accuracy went to Chris Macleod while Kim Scobie won both the ladies distance and trout accuracy. In the junior events, Arran Gordon took the distance casting while Craig Simpson won the trout accuracy.

Acting president Alex Elliott expressed his appreciation to the club members who gave their time over both days to help run the events. But he added: “We needed more help and were really pressed to manage all the activities over the two days. We were very disappointed by the low turnout of both committee and club members to represent their club at what is a key annual event.”

For pictures, see Gallery

Friday, 02 August 2019 19:29

Competitive first day at Moy fair

A glorious first day at the Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy (August 2) meant those competing in the competitions at Anglers’ Corner enjoyed good conditions for casting. 

In the senior events, Kirsty McGuinness was the winning lady in the salmon distance while Aiden Macdonald was the winning male with a cast of 44 yards. Tracy Stronach and John MacAskill won the trout accuracy competitions.

It was a double double in the junior events with Cheyenne Stronach and Arran Gordon winning both of their respective salmon distance and trout accuracy events.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 18:51

First half catch falls

The official return of catches for the club water of the Ness, for the period from February 1 to July 31, shows a distinct drop over the corresponding period of 2018. Fourteen salmon and grilse were caught compared with 26 last year. These included (with the corresponding figures for last year in brackets) 7 salmon (14) released, 4 grilse (10) released, 1 salmon (0) retained and 2 (2) grilse retained. Running totals were 11 (24) salmon/grilse released and 3 (2) salmon/grilse retained, giving a release rate of 79 per cent (93 per cent).

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:18

Good day for two

The last day of July was a very good day for two members of Inverness Angling Club with the Weir Pool producing fish for both. Archie Campbell, fishing a Sheila salmon fly, landed and released a hen grilse of five pounds. Dan Cowan, using a Graham Mackenzie Silver Stoat, had a good battle with a 12 pound fish, also landed and released. Dan reported that the fish had the unwelcome red vent condition.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:15

Bank works appeal

Inverness Angling Club is putting together another work party to clear banks above the Ness Islands. While a previous group made a very good start, and member Chris Bruce has made a significant personal contribution, there is still much to be done to ensure that all the pools are accessible and any hindrances to casting are cleared. 

Volunteers are asked to gather at the Mill hut at 10.30 am on Sunday, August 11. Many of the older members of the club have made a huge contribution to bank clearance over the years so a special appeal goes out to younger members to come along and help.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 22:35

Associates get great value

Anglers don’t need to live locally to become members of Inverness Angling Club. Associate membership is available to any angler and charged at the same fee as that paid by locals. Recent catches by associates underline the value of the permit, to the individual and the club. The latest catch was by Dornoch-based associate Des Gallagher who landed a cock grilse of some five pounds at the Little Isle Pool today (July 30). The fish was caught oh a gold and green Toby.

Catch of the day: A fine grilse for Des

Monday, 29 July 2019 22:35

Help wanted

Inverness Angling Club is seeking volunteers on Wednesday evening (July 31) to help prepare Anglers’ Corner for this weekend’s Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy. Anyone who can spare a couple of hours should gather at the site of Anglers’ Corner for 6.30 pm. Your help will ensure a key event in the club’s calendar goes well.

Monday, 29 July 2019 09:11

Early start for Mel

There may not be many, but catches keep coming on the club water of the River Ness. Associate member John Cameron of Dumfries, who is working locally, got his second on Saturday (July 27) - on fly from the Little Isle.

Veteran fisher and local club member Melvin Smith was up with the lark on Monday morning (July 29) to land and release a five pound grilse from the Weir Pool. The successful fly was a Willie Gunn.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 20:14

Enjoy the fun of the fair

All outdoor sports enthusiasts, and folk just looking for a good day out, will be very welcome at the annual Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy Hall this Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). An especially warm welcome awaits you by the loch side at Anglers’ Corner, run by the members and coaches of Inverness Angling Club. Once you’ve shopped, drop in to see us. Trout and salmon casting tuition will help you develop your skills while competition in trout accuracy and salmon distance casting will get you involved and entertained. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 19:46

Visitor enjoys warm welcome

Preston angler Richard Owen visited the club water of the River Ness on Friday (July 26) - and was impressed by the experience. Booking through FishPal, he described value for money as “exceptional”, adding: “Fabulous water, ran high and clear, long casts needed. Am told the water is always clear no matter how high it runs as any sediment settles out in Loch Ness. Good long pools.”

Richard reported that he had good advice from friendly and very welcoming club members. While no salmon were caught or seen, he enjoyed the day’s fishing. He promised: “I will be back!” We look forward to that, Richard.

Saturday, 27 July 2019 09:35

Isle delivers for Donnie

The Little Isle produced its first fish for a while as local club member Donnie Cameron landed and released a fly-caught five pound salmon on Friday (July 26). As a few more anglers get out on the river, and grilse numbers increase, catches should rise.

Friday, 26 July 2019 14:17

Ness experience

John Macaloney is heading home to Cumbernauld from a visit to Inverness Angling Club’s water with what he describes as “wonderful memories of a day fishing on the Ness.” A grilse of four pounds fell to John’s Devon minnow on the MacIntyre Pool on Thursday evening (July 25) - his first ever salmon, duly released. Well done John. Haste ye back!

Monday, 22 July 2019 07:50

Mike makes his mark

Mike Campbell made a flying start to his season on the Inverness Angling Club water of the River Ness today (July 22). Fishing the left bank of the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a magnificent 11 lb salmon on the fly.

Friday, 19 July 2019 20:02

Grilse for new member

With rivers to the north of Inverness reporting the arrival of shoals of grilse, it may not be long before Ness grilse return to the pools and runs of their native river system. A few are already being seen breaking the surface of the club water and in the fascinating pictures produced by the underwater cameras of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. 

One of these early grilse fell to the rod of new associate member John Cameron of Dumfries. John took out his permit just last week to enjoy casting a line in his time off from working in a busy local restaurant. Today (July 19), making an early morning visit to the Mill Stream, he struck it lucky with a 4.5 lb grilse. The fish was attracted by a size 10 Willie Gunn. Welcome to the club John!

Monday, 15 July 2019 14:08

Lost and found!

Anglers have picked up a shoulder bag left by a visitor to the Little Isle, adjacent to the Bught Park, over the week-end. They might like to know that it is has now been delivered to lost property in Police Scotland Area Command in Burnett Road, in the Longman Industrial Estate (the road opposite the fire station). 

Friday, 12 July 2019 12:06

Maz masters feisty fish

Club member Maz Stephen has spent more hours than most on the Weir Pool this season seeking his first ever salmon and that special springer, but without success. His reward came today (July 12) with a fly-caught fish of a lifettime - a really feisty specimen which was hooked in the Weir Pool but took Maz all the way down to the Mill Stream before he could land it. The fish was independently measured and estimated at 21lbs, probably the best fish landed from the club water this season. It's certainly one that Maz will remember for a long time.

Memorable: A 21 pounder for Maz

Thursday, 11 July 2019 22:52

Let’s stamp out poaching

The first reports of salmon catches on Inverness Angling Club’s water often result in unscrupulous, so-called ‘anglers’ taking advantage of the benefits of our river without paying the small daily or annual charge that enables us to maintain the fishery. The first report of alleged poaching, apart from illegal activities in the estuary, have come in from the Weir Pool. 

Members are asked to approach any anglers they don’t recognise, engage them in conversation and ask if they have permits, showing your permit. If they are unable or unwilling to produce a permit, advise them to leave and report the incident to the bailiff of Ness District Salmon Fishery Board. His telephone number is listed on the back page of the club permit. 

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 18:46

Ness produces second big one

It was a lucky visit to the River Ness today (July 9) for James Buchanan, a Kirkintilloch based member of Inverness Angling Club.  Fishing the Silver Wells Pool with a spinner, James landed a magnificent 18lb salmon - the second fish of this weight in as many days.

Monday, 08 July 2019 22:18

Great fish for Willie

If any encouragement was needed to pick up the rod and line, attach a favourite fly or lure and get down to the River Ness it came today with the landing of a magnificent salmon from the Weir Pool. Club member Willie Broadley, casting his successful Devon minnow, hooked and landed an estimated 18lb fresh run salmon. The run anglers have looked forward to may have arrived….!

Cracker: 18lbs of fresh fighting salmon for Willie

Monday, 08 July 2019 19:12

My Ness construction delayed

Construction work on three projects by the River Ness has been delayed, according to reports. They include the My Ness project at the Little Isle, approved late last year under delegated powers; a children’s water feature in the Ness Islands; and a viewing platform on Bank Street. 

The projects have been the subject of continuing controversy, largely as a result of the way in which the My Ness project was approved. Councillors will get the opportunity to discuss the My Ness artwork at a requisitioned committee meeting on August 20.

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