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24th March, 2016

Spring on the Ness
Catches imporove on the Ness system with good sized fish caught on most upper beats

There is a definite improvement in catches on the Ness system with Ness Side off the mark with one fish, Ness Castle and Laggan having 3 so far this week and Dochfour with 5 up to Wednesday. Rory Campbell having a great day scoring 3 good sized springers from Dochfour, well done Rory. This spring the Moriston, the Oich and Loch Ness are also seeing a big improvement over the past few years. As you can see below these are quality spring fish entering the Ness system with a nice 24.5lb fish (shown further down the page) for Scott Ramsay off the River Oich earlier in March, well done Scott.

At least 4 springers, possibly 5, off the River Ness 23rd march 3 off Dochfour to Rory Campbell and 1 off Ness Castle to Gordon Armstrong, well done folks

Posted by River Ness Minnow Company on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Number 2 of the week. A great start to the season so for.

Posted by Ness Castle Lodges on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nice spring fish for Gary Hendry today on the Black & Fluo Orange well done Gary

Posted by River Ness Minnow Company on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Huge congratulations to Scott Ramsay on the capture of this magnificent 24.5lb 'springer' from the River Oich this afternoon - check out the depth of this fish!

Posted by Ness District Salmon Fishery Board on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Ness-Side had a good day today, water was at a good height and the spring syndicate members were out in force.. Alex...

Posted by Ness Side Fishing's on Monday, February 15, 2016

14th March, 2016

How to make a Devon Minnow Trace
Step by step photographs showing how to make a trace with a video showing double or treble hooks

Intro: This page describes one of the ways a trace or mount is made for a Devon Minnow, often used in Salmon fishing. The tools and materials required are a piece of alasticum wire, a treble hook, a swivel, a tulip, a small pair of pliers and of course a minnow.
Devon minnow traces

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Posted by River Ness Minnow Company on Monday, March 14, 2016

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One of the advantages when using alasticum wire is that it does not rust another is that it comes in different breaking strains. I normally use the 29lb breaking strain wire and have had no problems with it. I have personally had fish up to twenty pounds and seen fish much larger caught with these traces.

The minnow shown is a two and a half inch.
The tricky part is cutting the wire to the right length however I find it helps if you lay it out as shown. I then double the wire and add about half an inch at each end. It is far better to be too long than too short as you can always cut off the excess.

The next stage is to assemble the pieces in the right order, first add the swivel and then the tulip. Finally thread each end of the wire through opposite sides of the hook eye. At this point it is important to position the treble at the right length for the minnow. The picture shows the trace carefully measured out against the minnow. At this stage I grab the eye of the hook with the pliers trapping the wire at the same time, this stops things slipping out of position.

With the eye firmly held by the pliers turn each end of the wire with your free hand and start the wrapping process, as shown.

After the first couple of turns you can release the grip and finish winding with the pliers. Grip the wire ends with the pliers and hold sin position, rotate the hook rather than the pliers.

At this point you can add a dab of super glue or varnish over the wound section of wire. To slide the tulip onto the eye I place the trace into the minnow and use the minnow body to push the tulip over the eye.

Finally grip the swivel with the pliers, the hook with your other hand and twist the wire to stiffen. A stiff trace can be a blessing if your hands are frozen :-) When gripping the swivel be extra careful not to damage the eye which attaches to the nylon.

The picture shows a correctly sized trace which is very important. If the trace is too long the minnow often turns over on itself and you find it comes in backwards. If it is too short you risk fraying the nylon against the edge of the monnow hole.

A tiger striped tri-color yellow belly which is an excellent choice for spring salmon.

Please leave a fish for me :-)

16th May, 2015

Aquatyer explains Devon Minnow weights
Eye colour shows you the way

Experienced anglers know the weight of a minnow needed to fish at different heights of the river. To aid the angler when fishing my minnows I use a simple system so that you can see at a glance what weight your minnow is. There are two weights currently in production for each size, they are Heavy and Standard. The heavy minnows have a dark red eye (now black) and the standard minnows a bright red eye as shown in the pictures. Below is a list of the approximate weights for each size for your reference. thanks

3 inch at 21 grams approx Dark Red or Black Eye
3 inch at 16 grams approx Bright Red Eye
2.5 inch at 12.5 grams approx Dark Red or Black Eye
2.5 inch at 9.5 grams approx Bright Red Eye
2 inch at 9.5 grams approx Dark Red or Black Eye
2 inch at 6.5 grams approx Bright Red Eye

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3 with Dark Red eyes on the left

3 with Bright Red eyes on the left

Black & Fluorescent Orange 2 inch 2.5 inch and 3 inch Dark Red eyes

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