The largest representative of the dace family. Like all elts (the same European chub), it is of great interest to the fly flyer, and here is also the largest, with all the consequences that follow, when fighting. At a time when the ide is predatory and is caught on a streamer, individuals of 800-1200 gr prevail in the catches. Often fall to 1.6 kg, larger – rarely. When the ide is peaceful and is caught by imitating insects, the range expands in the direction of reducing weight – a lot of roach is 300-400 gr. (like a good grayling).
According to the time of year, the situation is as follows. We, the people, have a wall calendar, and the ide has a temperature calendar, but on the whole, from year to year, they almost coincide, so it’s better to use the more familiar for us.
The earliest fishing, when ide ideally took a streamer, was on May 26th. On spinning – tackle, which, due to objective reasons, goes hand-in-hand with fly fishing on the Ob, it begins to be caught even earlier. Immediately after May 15, i.e. After spawning, the ide leads an openly predatory lifestyle. Not many fishermen catch this moment, due to the same ban (until May 20-25), very muddy water (which limits the choice of imitations), a short period of predation (a week) and difficulties in finding (high level, hidden terrain, lack of help seagulls, bottom lifestyle). This is the time of the first flood. The ide is thin and rough (the wedding dress has not yet come off). You need to look for it on the rifts that go into the river from the flooded bushes and on the tops of the islands – there is always a suitable depth there. Working simulations are not for fly fishing – the time of spinning spinners is white and copper. Petal up to 3 cm in length, i.e. rather large, but not so much that they could not be served with a two-handed fly fishing. If the Ob spinning rod has borrowed so many imitations from fly fishing, feedback is also quite possible. The main effect is on the sideline, the water at this time is cloudy or very muddy. The prospects for fly fishing, in these conditions, are vague, the issue has not been studied. At the end of May (after 20 numbers), the ide is already being caught in full swing on the subs and ring (varieties of boat docks), i.e. becomes peaceful. The donors create artificially concentrated fish using millet porridge using its omnivorous nature. Fly fishing is still difficult – a lot of fish scattered along the stretches, and only in places of powerful coastal arches there is a chance to detect an accumulation of ide in the upper layer.
Time passes, and it works only on fly fishing: the water becomes cleaner, ide is fatter and more adventurous – for donors. He no longer wants bread crust, but is caught only on maggots, scanty pieces of bacon and polystyrene balls. Donors begin to grumble, – they say “ide has slipped somewhere.” Indeed, in their catches there is more and more bream and less and less ide and roach. But the point is absolutely not in migratory migrations, but in the fact that the worse the donors, the better the fly fishing – by coincidence.
By the middle – the twentieth of June, the water is becoming cleaner, the fly is becoming more noticeable, Macrostenum vadiatum (large brown caddis fly) is massively flying out and the “main” fry – pike perch yearlings – appear.
The entire Ob male is divided into coastal and “main.” Under the shores – this is a chebachek, perch, scavenger, the smallest dace. The main fry, doing the “Ob weather”, dictating the behavior of predators in the summer, is the pike perch fry, and he, for the most part, lives far from the coast.
So, when on the site between Cow Island and the left bank or on the Matveyevsky licensed site, instead of the usual 100-300 boats with donors, one or two remains – it’s time! The first ide, which is real, without any problems and extra effort is available for fly fishing – will be predatory. Golden time for streamer fishing.
At first, i.e. after June 15, insects still wedge very often on the ide’s menu, but after the 1st, 5th or 10th of July it is 99% a typical predator – the Ob asp. If by this time the water warmed up to 22-24 ° C, and the townspeople spent the first half of June in warm jackets, and not in shorts, i.e. pike perch of the year did not have time, due to cold weather, to grow for 2-3 cm, bream also joins it. An ide and a bream are hunted in one flock – there is no antagonism between them. This violent feast continues until the 20th of July. It becomes pleasant to look at the ide – with one fish, half-frying pans of fat are fried. Gets incredible power. The blow of a predatory ide against the streamer is a swipe that is all-devastating, like the blow of a Viking ax – you squat as much as you knees. At the same time, an amazing thing, he somehow somehow manages to avoid punishment. Powerful push, hook and … empty! No one can do it except an ide – these are his manners.
In times when it is peaceful and bite is more delicate – a few thrusts on a wet fly, a hook, and hang on here! When fighting, it combines the “pressure” of pikeperch with the agility of a perch.
By the end of July, the water begins to subside, the fry grows to 5 cm, and mass departures of mayflies and other insects completely change the picture. Although in my memory there was a year when the ide remained stably predatory until August 20. But in general, the end of August, the first half of September, or even the whole month, provides an excellent opportunity to fly ides with fly fishing for wet flies and nymphs. At this time, not far from you, donors in boats may appear again, with their porridge and polystyrene. But the fact is that in low and clear water, when the entire relief is read from the drawing of water, it is much easier to find natural clusters of ides than at the beginning of the season.
From September 15, 20, and until ice freezing, flocks of ides accumulate in wintering places. They are shallow, stony plateaus and ridges, where the whole bottom is overgrown with “bekaras” (caddis houses). Nearby, as a rule, are deep sections of the river with a calm course or almost without it. Fishing itself occurs in shallow water. In autumn, the ide behaves peacefully, sometimes as a typical predator, in approximately equal proportions – that’s how convenient it is for him. All winter it is pure benthophagus – the intestines are clogged with hundreds of dirty green larvae no more than 1 cm long. Outwardly, it is more likely caddis flies (without houses) than mayfly nymphs.
By time of day, the picture is as follows. At the beginning of the season, the ide eats in the morning with a perch. In summer, the peak of his zhora begins with a delay, – in comparison with the perch, 0.5-1.5 hours later.
In autumn, there were moments of maximum activity closer to 12 noon. At the same time it can be caught after dinner, in the evening and at night.
When the fry becomes the main food, you need to search by the classic “perch” rifts, taking into account that the ide fish is “wider”. It can stand, mixed with a perch, near the crest, but it can also be a little to the side: on the side, higher (especially when predatory), lower (especially when peaceful), and also “graze” between two riffles located side by side. In the best case, four “percussion” rolls account for one “ulcer” – it will remain with them for all subsequent years. Sometimes it’s possible to “hook” a passing ide, along the channel, on level sections, without any contrasts. Fishing is usually very successful, but never repeated in the future – only good memories remain.
When searching for a peaceful ide in the fall, especially in the absence of a seagull, you can do the following. Anchor at the buoy (closer to the fairway) from the shallows and look at them at 180 °. Sooner or later, life will be revealed, namely, a massive surge of someone disturbed white fish. You need it, or rather, this is the place. In addition to good roaches and large ides, in such places a lot of “plywood” (small scavenger) and dace are kept – they “lit up” a place convenient for everyone. At the bottom there will certainly be some kind of roughness, knocking the stream into the breakers. When fishing for a wet fly, you need to get up just below the start of the breakers, 15 meters from them. The fly is fed upstream and beyond the breakers. The cord that fell on the rapids between the gangway and the boat is thrown “rope” three times for wiring, otherwise the fly will be pulled out of the catchy zone too quickly. Wiring with jerks can often not be done – in the breakers, and so everything dances and twitches. Wait for the bite until it blows, then transfer the degrees 25-35 up, etc.
The ideal immersion depth and the wiring horizon is up to 50 cm. Shallow, sinking flies knit on larger than usual hooks with a long “spike” (distance from the sting to the beard plus from the beard to the hook), otherwise the gatherings will torment.
You should anchor gently, silently, descending from above on the oars, and stand at a distance of no closer than 15 meters to the fattening pack. If you get closer, the ide will move away. If the roll is small, it will leave it, having dissolved in the vastness of the river. Fish of the perch family are indifferent to the boat, ignore it. The cyprinids see everything, while playing, they drive their eyes and shy away from the boat and from the sucker “like the plague”.
The main and essential part of our hobby is between the beginning of the search and until the moment of grasp. In the process of fishing, the fish may go down, but you found it and your fly irresistibly “worked for instinct”. The moment of grip is the pinnacle of pleasure and the main achievement of the fly fishing. In this sense, I have no equal. You found him, he is eating frenziedly, but does not take already worked-out imitations – the usual picture. Put one fly, second, third … fifth. On the sixth, a “carnage” begins, bite from each wiring. In terms of fly selection, bait search, ide is the most grateful fish. The main emphasis in this search is on “switches”. The switch – this is what deprives the fish of the last doubt before the grip. This may be a detail of the silhouette, but more often – the color of one of the components of the front sight.
It is better to keep the size and silhouette according to the prototype, according to which the ide is currently eating. But color matching can be very fantasy, for example, as in the July streamer.
The worked-out (by language) imitations we have are:
1) July streamer (type “spider”) – a green body; winding – red or red-brown feather of a rooster; tail – yellow, red-streaked; head – violet-lilac with a white pupil.
2) Autumn “spider” – a gray body; winding – brown feather of a rooster; tail – burgundy (brown, yellow); head dark with white pupil.
3) The caddis larva is a gray body; legs – brown feather of a rooster or chicken; breast – brown dubbing or peacock feather; black head.
At different times and under different conditions, “pierced” a variety of colors and their combinations, for example, pure white and pure black “spiders” with red tails. A punch color is when other colors do not work. If he catches in parallel, but a little better than other colors – this is just a good color (a combination of them).
When plucking an ide, you can make a lot of noise, stupid things and miss half of the fish, but you can also adapt to his frantic disposition. Slightly calming the first tremors, quickly take him away from the fattening pack. At the first opportunity, making a reasonable effort, raise his head above the water 2 times, along with the gills (!). After that, he will always lie, like a bream, on his side and will quickly pull himself up to the boat. When the length of the cord with the leash is equal to the length of the rod, plus 2 fish lengths, kneeling down, grasp the leash 10 cm above the ulcer muzzle. Carefully (!) So as not to touch the side, paddle, etc. transfer him to the boat. Put the rod with your free palm, waiting for the slowly rotating ide to turn its back on it, grab it under the pectoral fins. Then he will certainly tremble, but already in his hand. The whole procedure takes one to two minutes, which allows, without the help of the sucker, to “curb” up to 50 fish per morning, the average weight of which was given above.
The rod for hunting for an ide should be powerful enough: 8 and 9 classes. A two-handed option is also promising. This is also necessary for the margin of safety – longevity, and to cover the Ob distances, getting shy riding fish, and to break through the constant wind of open space and to feed weighted flies. Cords floating DT and WF. The conic undergrowth with a lead of 0.2-0.25 mm. Thinner – only when fishing on a dry fly (0.14-0.18). The silhouette of the caddis flies on the Ob (“sedzh”) will always be preferable to the silhouette of the mayfly. Leashes with a diameter of 0.3 and thicker can also be used – when fishing on imitations in the water column, the fish’s attention is concentrated only on it, and the thickness of the leash and its color almost do not play a role. With a thick leash, the fly goes at the shallowest depth, they are less confused and provide an additional margin of safety when catching a larger and stronger fish.
To be continued…
The beginning here is “Ob River. A bit of history”, “Search for a promising fishing spot” and “In the beginning there was a fly.”
Sincerely, Sergey Shatalov.