Ide (Leuciscus idus) - Orfe (Leuciscus idus aberr orfus)
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British Record (Unknown)
The Ide and it's golden form, the Orfe (pictured right) are found in ponds, lakes and rivers. They have a relatively deep, somewhat flat-sided body, a rather small head and quite large eyes. The Ide is greyish blue to blackish green on it's back, silvery sides and a white belly with a deeply forked tail. It is not a native of the British Isles, being more commonplace in Europe.
The Orfe meanwhile has found it's way into the UK as a decorative fish, frequenting Carp ponds and ornamental ponds in parks, where it can often be seen cruising underneath the surface in small shoals. It's main diet being insect larvae, worms and fallen insects.
Methods of Capture. Fishing float on the drop or just beneath the surface, can be quite successful for catching Orfe. Generally it is possible to see the fish approach so therefore it can be quite interesting to watch as it approaches the maggot, castor or worm fished on light tackle. A few floating castors can often stimulate the fish into feeding.
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