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Moving along the shore among the trees with buds ready to bloom, I finally found a free space in the thickets of aquatic plants. The clear water of the river allows you to see all its inhabitants – from small snails to fish. In the middle of a shallow pebbled bottom, located a few meters from the shore, I managed to find four large ides. I can see them very clearly with polarizing glasses – with pulsating gills, silvery scales and red fins. With the arrival of spring, they set off to spawn, heading for the oxygen-rich shallow areas of the upper reaches of the river. And now we got to these places. Unfortunately, because of the dense bushes and trees hanging over the water, there is nothing to think about fishing. On the other side, the vegetation turned out to be not so dense and it was possible to find a place for fishing with one rod. With impatience I crossed over to the other side of the river, a little higher than the place where I had noticed the ide.

With a crosswind

The place is beautiful, but the wind blowing downstream and the sunlight hitting my eyes give me some trouble: firstly, now I cannot properly see the walking ides in order to accurately throw bait to one of them, and secondly, the situation complicates wind that would cause the bait to move too fast and unnaturally. The depth in front of me was no more than 30 cm, and the experience of past fishing trips suggested that nothing would work with an ordinary float. Under such lighting conditions and clear water, only a tiny, crystal-clear shallow water float could save the situation. But I didn’t have it.

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What if you use the bottom gear? The situation is such that three to four meters upstream there is a small whirlpool in which large ides wander in calm waters. Since their interest in food is likely to be low before spawning, a lot will depend on how close you can throw the bait to the fish’s nose. The classic paternoster with a hook on a long leash is not suitable here. Too often the bait would have to be lifted so that, caught up in the current, it could flutter a few centimeters from the ide.

The leash is needed shorter

For fishing where casts have to be done upstream, I usually choose leads that are 10-15 cm shorter than the line connecting the line to the lead. In waters with strong currents, it is always best to keep the rod tip higher in order to relieve the pressure of the river flow on the line. The lower the rod is lowered and the higher the stream is fishing, the greater the angle of the line becomes under water and the shorter the leash should be in order to present the bait 5-10 cm from the bottom. Spawning ides rarely show strong resistance when playing. So in spite of the willows hanging down, I decide to use the 0.15 line and the 0.12 leash. I attach a special hook No. 10 with a wide spatula to the leash, onto which I bait three or four pieces of a small worm.

With a sharp movement from below, I cast the tackle about two meters above the ide camp and carefully raise the rod to slowly melt the bait into the whirlpool. Just where she passed the eddies of water, the side of the fish flashed and almost simultaneously the tip of the rod began to flinch – a clear signal of a bite. After I did a quick sweep, the ide rushed downstream. He fought harder than I expected, but after short attempts to escape, I manage to get him over the edge of the net. My first trophy is a beautiful specimen weighing over 2 kg. In the next couple of hours, the bottom gear brings me a few more large ides.

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Pit with ides

But suddenly the bite ends. Soon I find out that the thinned flock of ides has moved into a deeper hole, about 40 m down the river. I’m changing my tactics, because now I have to cast not upstream, but downstream – below the hole the banks are inaccessible due to dense vegetation. I cast the bait just above the location of the fish, and then, raising and lowering the tip of the rod (with an open line of the line guide), I bleed the tackle downstream. I control the descent of the line with my index finger, touching the side of the spool. After a few neat sticks, a bite followed. This time a huge female coveted the worm. After a short fierce resistance, I managed to pull a 2.4 kg fish ashore. I generously release her.

On top of a piece of bread

Knowing from experience that in summer ides are best caught in the upper layers of the water, I try to get the fish to rise from the bottom. To do this, I throw small pieces of bread with the flow. Finally, after a quarter of an hour, the first crust disappears under the water. I continue to feed and soon, without any fear, a fish rises from the bottom to the treat. I quickly attach a large (# 8) hook, and after the first cast the ide grabs the bait. However, the fish safely finds its freedom. The hook is clearly too small – I put number 6, Now its sting protrudes from the piece of bread outward, and each hooking becomes reliable. For some half an hour of very exciting fishing I came across four ides that had risen to the surface, after which the fish lost interest in the food floating with the flow. As you know, spring ide is best caught on small dung worms, bloodworms or maggot. But, obviously, during this period he was not averse to diversifying his menu.

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