Jack White’s, River Frome, Oldford

Jack White’s, River Frome, Oldford

Oldford, BA11 2NF

Open 7 days a week from sunrise to 8 pm.

General description

This premier trout water is upstream of the road bridge from the Factory stretch, access is a little tricky as you need to “nip” over a fence to get to the water.

It’s popular with fly anglers and the mayfly hatch can be prolific, there’s a mixture of deeper slower water and faster riffles and glides. It’s best fished by wading but watch out as some of the depths are 4-5 foot so keep your wits about you and consider a wading stick to check the depth as you move up the water. If your vision of trout fishing is of a manicured chalk stream and long casts from the bank then this is not for you however the quality of the trout is every bit as good as any you’ll catch elsewhere in the UK.

Whereas the Factory and The Lane can on occasion be popular dog walking spots this is quieter, it’s suitable for 3-4 fly anglers at a time.

It can also produce good bags of coarse fish, but the coarse fish seem to be more temperamental. However, if you catch it when the conditions are right you could be in for a good day.

At the top end of the river is much deeper and more impounded, and the coarse fish tend to be in greater supply. Like with The Factory, this reach can be good for roving with big baits, targeting the big chub that hide along the far bank under the overhanging vegetation. If the river is up and coloured, you could be in for a chance of catching some big bream which tend to sit in the slack bays right at the far end of the field. There are plenty of pike and perch to be found making it popular with predator fishermen during the winter months. Remember not to use static dead baits as they really don’t seem to work well on the Frome!

The coarse fishing season is from the 16th of June to the 15th of March, from the 1st of April to the 15th of June it’s fly fishing only and catch and release.

Known Species

  • Bream
  • Brown Trout
  • Chub
  • Dace
  • Eel
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach

Parking & Access

Most anglers park in the gravel area just down stream of the road bridge.