Stream / rainbow trout:
It is interesting to note for fly fishers that these two types of trout make up the majority of the salmon family stock. Responsible management and nurturing of both the rainbow trout and the stream trout, have seen the development of a natural and healthy generational spread amongst the fish. Trout weighing up to 4 kg, if numbers are important, can be caught with both dry fly and nymph. If the big quiver flies become really active as the last of the daylight fades and one of the really big trout takes your sedge (fly), you will hopefully have given enough thought to back up support!
Grayling, The lady of the stream whose Latin name is Thymallus. Whilst the word 'Thymallus' does not itself resonate locally, this unique bewitching fish has the scent of fresh thyme. The grayling, like the wine of the Ahr, was very popular with the ancient Romans. After many years of hard endeavour, the grayling is once again a native of the Ahr. Nothing compares with the experience of the sanctuary of a splendid late summer day, when the air is filled with the sweet fragrance of mimosa and the grayling rises cautiously for a delicate dry fly. Each year we have witnessed an increase in wild grayling numbers in the Ahr thanks to special measures taken to sustain them.
Chub, often also known as the "fat head' or locally, as a the Mönne, can be found weighing up to 5kg in this region.look downstream from the bridge to the sharp bend....a real challenge for the passionate fly-fisher. Distrusting, cautious and highly selective, the chub is a fascinating inhabitant of the Ahr.
These barbel bearers, bursting with power, arrive in large numbers and in royal sizes in excess of 70 cm. With careful stalking, you will soon meet these golden WATZEN (teasers ?)and watch them joyfully seek out all sorts of food in the underwater pastures. Now and attempt with a visible close to the bottom nymph is worthwhile. If a barbel takes, you will experience what primeval strength feels like.
Naturally, many other fish species also feel at home in the Ahr, including:
KOPPEN, loach, minnow, dace and SCHNEIDER .
Thanks to numerous initiatives along with the considerable personal and financial effort of many neighbours, salmon and sea trout have also returned.
They make their way over hundreds of kilometres from the North Sea, across the Rhine to the Ahr to spawn. Year after year new salmon and sea trout generations glimpse the light of the world here before moving to wander in the hunting grounds of the North Sea and the Atlantic. Until, when after a few years in salt water, they are consumed by the call of the homely Ahr.