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The beat offers salmon and sea trout fishing on some 10 pools from the edge of Inverness through the Ness Islands. Its wide, streamy pools are especially attractive for fly fishing.
Salmon and grilse run the River Ness throughout the year so there is always the chance of a fish for the dedicated angler, from opening day on February 1, when the big springers are running to the rivers Moriston, Oich and Garry, to the end of the season on October 15 with catches improving from June onwards as the summer runs enter the river.
From the start of the River Ness season on February 1st until June 30th all salmon caught must be released as a spring conservation measure. The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Times and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 prohibits the retention of any rod caught salmon from the start of the season until 31st March meaning that anglers must practice catch and release during this period. In addition it has been agreed that throughout the whole of the Ness System (to further protect spring fish) no salmon may be retained from 1st April until 30th June.
From 1st July to the end of the season on 15th October all hen fish of any size and any cock fish over 8 pounds (27inches/69cm) must be released. All coloured and unseasonable fish must also be released.
It is illegal to sell rod caught salmon in Scotland.
Please see the full Ness Conservation Policy here;
Visitor Permits 2019.
February 1st to May 31st: £21 per day, £100 per week.
Junior £10 per day.
June 1st to October 15th: £31 per day, £150 per week. Junior £10 per day.
The beat offers 3 miles of salmon and sea trout fishing on 16 wide, streamy pools which are especially attractive for fly fishing. Most of the beat is easy to fish and can provide excellent fishing for both novices and experts. Wading is relatively comfortable in most pools some of which will require the use of chest waders. 15 foot and 16 foot rods are popular but, with modern rods and lines, anglers are increasingly using rods of 12 to 14 foot. Shrimp flies work well along with the traditional Stoat's Tail, Hairy Mary, Munro Killer and Blue Charm in doubles, sizes 6 to 12.
As an association water, there will always be other anglers enjoying the fishings and locals will be happy to help with tips on appropriate flies and lures.
Tea and coffee is available from the three Club huts where you will always receive a warm welcome along with plenty of advice.
For further details please see the IAC website:
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Catches continue on club water
Willie Broadley launched the week with a five pounder from the MacIntyre on Monday. On the Mill Stream, Colin Fraser had a fly-caught six pounder. Today (Tuesday) Neil Fraser met success on a different part of the Ness fishings. The Weir Pool has delivered a few fish for him this year but on this occasion he found success on the Mill Stream, bang on the time of high tide. These are probably the first fish to come off the Mill this summer - perhaps indicating that summer catches are well under way. Neil’s fish, attracted by a black and orange minnow, was estimated at eight pounds and safely returned.
Harry Fraser experienced a pulse-racing battle at the top of the Little Isle Pool. Fishing an orange tube fly, he hooked a lively eight pound fish which took his line down to the backing five or six times before being safely landed. It was Harry's first fish of the season. Also delighted with his first fish of the season was Angus MacKinnon who landed a cock fish of just under eight pounds from the Little Isle, using a copper Toby.Rising catches indicate that there are plenty of fish in the system so it’s well worth getting out for a cast.