An evening in my ‘outdoor office’ flyfishing with my buddy Bert for Bream and Ide in the great Haringvliet in the Netherlands. Bert, member of the Dutch Flyfishing Team, is a power caster. Here he is holding the better part of twenty meters of flyline in the air, ready to haul on his forward cast and shoot line.

My biggest Ide (Leuciscus idus or Winde in Dutch, Aland in German, Ide mélanote en Français) on the fly to date. A very heavy fish of 55 cm caught on a #4 flyroad and a tiny silverhead and black nymph.

After such a catch you sit yourself down and just gaze around awhile, utterly satisfied. The fish swims again unharmed.

Bert showing a smaller Ide.

Ides are of the family of Cyprinidae and live in small schools in the freshwater parts of the great Haringvliet in the Netherlands. They are predatory and feed on crustaceans, insects and small minnows. We were flyfishing for Bream and Rudd along the shores of the Haringvliet. Like Ide April and May is their time to appear in the shallows along the reeds to spawn. It is the most prolific period to flyfish for these species.

One has to make do on days when one is fishing alone. ‘Faire tableau’ is the French term used in hunting to display a day’s ‘harvest’. The fish displayed here swim again with no harm done whatsoever. An hour’s catch in the late evening along the shores of the great Haringvliet in the Netherlands.

In the evening sun the golden bream (Abramis brama or Brasem in Dutch) does its name proud.

A barbless goldheaded, green fluorescent nymph (left one) caught these three.