Urban fly-fishing report: Rivers Tame and Holme

The UK’s trout fishing season has well and truly opened again… and the Urbantrout crew’s Richard Baker and Adrian Grose-Hodge have just returned from a flying visit to some of our much-loved early season stomping grounds on Manchester’s post-industrial rivers.

Fellow urban river stalwarts John O’Brien and Mike Denny joined them for dry fly sport that peaked around lunchtime each day – necessitating plenty of tactical Kelly Kettle breaks to refuel on the bankside, and voracious appetites for local ‘babies’ heads’ steak pies and JOB’s legendary slow roasted lamb stew back at the lodge in the evenings.

An early trouting trip to the northern streams is always a very special palate cleanser before the main season gets underway. By all accounts, after two years of Covid-19 restrictions, this long weekend was more than usually welcome!

(Photos: Rich Baker and Adrian Grose-Hodge)

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