The Vernal, Neale’s Field

The Vernal, Neale’s Field, Frome, River Frome.

Neil’s Field, Frome, River Frome. BA11 3AF

General description

This is now even easier to access thanks to Sustrans, who constructed a nice tarmac pathway from the nearby road and all the way along the river. This stretch of the River Frome was once known as simply “The Vernal” but we recently added the reference “Neale’s Field” in honour of long-standing club servant Bryan Neale. Bryan retired as treasurer in 2020 but has served the club since 1972 when he became Club Secretary. Bryan is a life member of the club and deserves this recognition for all the good work he has done over many years.

Neale’s Field, is arguably one of our best stretches of the River Frome for coarse fishing but it is largely unused by many of the members. It was once well known for quality roach fishing but now supports a good head of roach, chub and dace. It’s an excellent place to slowly trot a stick float, and if you are lucky, you can catch fish all day long. There are lots of medium size chub (2-3lb) which shoal up during the winter and are wonderful to catch on light stick float tactics. On a good session, it is not unusual to catch 30lb+ of chub, dace and roach, even on a cold winter’s day.

The best peg in this section in undoubtedly the outfall from the Water Recycling Centre (WRC), which holds shoals of fish feeding on the effluent discharged into the river. This peg guarantees a good days fishing with a fish a chuck from the very first cast.

Anyone who enjoys “drop-shotting” may also be interested in visiting this stretch in the cooler months of the year. Whilst the pike and perch are not monsters, many of our predator fishermen say it’s a great place to go where you are guaranteed a fish.

The coarse fishing season is from the 16th of June to the 15th of March inclusive.

Known Species

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

Parking & Access:

On street parking although it’s an easy walk from most of Frome town.