Ide fishing: methods of fishing with a float rod from the shore and spinning in the course

How to fish for ide?

A fairly large fish of the carp family, with a recognizable appearance. It can grow up to 1 m in length and 6-8 kg in weight. A great fish that responds to a variety of rigs and lures. There are two subspecies and several color forms. In addition, a closely related species, the Amur ide, lives in the Amur basin.

Ways to catch ide

Fishing for ide is very popular. There are three main ways to catch this fish in the summer: bottom gear, spinning and float rods. The ide is caught with fly-fishing lures. On large bodies of water, fishing from a boat is preferable. In winter, the ide responds well to baited jig baits and “remoteless”.

Catching an ide on spinning

The range of baits for catching this fish determines the choice of gear. To catch an ide, given its possible size and predatory inclinations, you can use fairly large baits. Accordingly, rods can be used with tests in the middle range up to 15 gr. The main gear for catching this fish is recommended light and ultra-light spinning rods in the test range up to 10 gr. The fish lives in various reservoirs, from small rivers to reservoirs and remote peat lakes, hidden in the interweaving of channels. Fish are caught on lead spinning equipment, with which stepped wiring is used, which can also affect the choice of a rod in the direction of increasing the length and “jigging” action. On large bodies of water, you need a supply of line or line for long casts, which will require larger reels with a reliable braking system.

Catching ide on float gear

Features of using float gear for roach fishing depend on the fishing conditions and the experience of the angler. For coastal fishing for ide, rods for “deaf” equipment 5-6 m long are usually used. Match rods are used for long-distance casts. The choice of equipment is very diverse and is limited by the conditions of fishing, and not by the type of fish. As with any float fishing, the most important element is the right bait and bait. Large ides are more likely to be predatory, but will never give up on worms or bark beetle larvae, so float gear can be successful in capturing trophy specimens. At the time of warm water, the ide does not refuse nozzles from cereals or grains.

Catching ide on the bottom gear

The ide responds well to bottom gear. Fishing with bottom rods, including feeder and picker, is very convenient for most, even inexperienced anglers. They allow the fisherman to be quite mobile on the reservoir, and because of the possibility of point feeding, quickly “collect” fish in a given place. Feeder and picker, as separate types of equipment, currently differ only in the length of the rod. The basis is the presence of a bait container-sinker (feeder) and interchangeable tips on the rod. The tops change depending on the fishing conditions and the weight of the feeder used. Nozzle for fishing can serve as any nozzle, both vegetable or animal origin, and pasta, boilies. This method of fishing is available to everyone. Tackle is not demanding for additional accessories and specialized equipment. This allows you to fish in almost any water bodies. It is worth paying attention to the choice of feeders in shape and size, as well as bait mixtures. This is due to the conditions of the reservoir (river, pond, etc.) and the food preferences of local fish.

Fly fishing for ide

Fly fishing for ide is exciting and sporty. The choice of tackle does not differ from those used for catching other medium-sized fish in the habitats of the ide. These are single-handed rods of medium and light classes. Fish live in different water bodies. On small rivers it is quite possible to use tenkara. If the angler is going to catch ide in calm waters, you need to consider that the fish are very careful. Therefore, it may be necessary to use floating cords with a delicate presentation. Fish are caught on medium-sized baits, both from the surface and in the water column.


For fishing on floats and gear, similar baits are used, as already mentioned: worms, various larvae, and so on. We recommend asking the locals about the tastes of the local fish. In some regions, the ide reacts quite actively to vegetable attachments: peas, rye bread, etc. Accordingly, it is necessary to take into account the local preferences of the fish when feeding. With regards to fly fishing and spinning, the lures are usually quite traditional, and the choice is rather related to the angler’s preferences. For spinning rods, it is better to take small baits.

Places of fishing and habitat

The fish has a large habitat. From the rivers of Central Europe to Yakutia. The ide is characterized by a preference for water bodies with the presence of pits and bottom depressions. It is worth hoping for a constant bite of an ide in the lakes where he lives permanently. In rivers, it often stays in areas with a current, closer to the channel pit, but it is easiest to look for it in deep bays and whirlpools. 


The ide becomes sexually mature at 4 years of age. The fish spawns in April-May in areas with a rocky bottom. In rivers, it prefers rifts with a fast current. Caviar is sticky with villi, can be attached to snags and other features of the bottom. For spawning, it prefers to ascend into tributaries with rapids. After spawning, the fish goes to places of permanent residence, where they can accumulate in large numbers.

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