22 June 2020Grilse
Simon Jukes caught a grilse of around 5lbs in the top of the stick pool on Saturday 20/6/20. Fish was returned safely.
15 June 2020Bank Clearing
Rikki Golabeck, Paul Niven and Duncan Milburn have been busy with the strimmers on the river banks and cutting access paths today. I'm sure everyone will agree they have done a cracking job.
This is only one section of the banks that we have that need to be cut and members are are always welcome to volunteer. Strimmers are provided.
12 June 2020Fishpal
10 June 2020Rikki hooks one
Another cracking fish off the club water today Tuesday 9/6/20. This time Rikki Golabek with a 19lb fish from the bridge pool. Again the fish was returned safely.
09 June 2020Martin gets off the mark
Martin Golabek caught his first fish of the season this morning Tuesday 9/6/20 a cracking 16lb fish from the Stick pool. The fish was safely returned.
06 June 2020Another for Paul
Paul Niven is having a good start to the season now that we are fishing again. He caught this 10lb fish in the Stick pool on Saturday his second fish so far. The fish was safely returned.
03 June 2020Another fish
There has been another fish caught on the club water. This time a fish of 10.5lbs caught by Paul Niven on Tuesday 2/6/20 in the Corner pool at the top of the Stick Pool. The fish was safely returned as per the conservation policy.
29 May 2020First fish
With the lockdown restrictions being lifted today Friday 29th May, several anglers were on the river early in the morning and the first fish from the club waters has already been caught.
Declan Heenan caught a fish of around 9lbs in the Lady Pool on a cascade tube fly at around 6am. The fish was returned safely to the water as per the clubs conservation policy.
28 May 2020Fishing Allowed
Fishing to be allowed from Friday 29th May.
The Scottish Government has announced that from tomorrow fishing will be an approved form of exercise subject to social distancing restrictions. The Alness Angling Club waters will therefore be open for fishing from tomorrow in line with other local fisheries including the Novar Estate.
While fishing, all fishers must continue with social distancing restrictions by keeping at least 2 metres away from ALL other people unless they are from your household. It is also advisable to continue all hygeine measures including using hand gel if you touch gates and hand washing when returning home after fishing.
It would be understandable if there are several people fishing at the same time so please be couteous and if someone is coming behind move down pools at least one step every two casts in line with the Club rules. Please also make sure you carry your membership card.
While river conditions right now are not ideal but hopefully we will see the first fish of the season from our water in the coming days. Please let us know of any success either by posting on the Club FaceBook page.
26 May 2020Fishing hoping to start.
The Scottish Government announced last week that they were introducing a phased approach to considering relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions. The first phase of easing restrictions includes the possibility of recognising fishing as an approved form of exercise. It was made clear that any relaxation would be subject to some restrictions including maintaining social distancing with members of other households. The guidance gives information on page 39 about travelling for exercise. This states that people are “Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advised to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.”
Nicola Sturgeon has just announced that a formal statement will be made on Thursday of this week but at the moment it is not known if, or when, the relaxation will take effect. Until there is a formal Government statement announcing the timing of any relaxation of the restriction on fishing the current situation with closures of rivers and other fisheries will remain in place in Scotland. It will not be possible to fish until the Government announces a change in the current situation.
When the announcement is made the date of the relaxation will also be announced. In common with all fisheries in Scotland the Alness Angling Club waters will remain closed for fishing until the date specified by the Government after which fishing will be permitted, subject to any conditions that are imposed.