Re: McCloud River, Northern California
I haven't been up to the McCloud lately, but here's a report from the Redding Fly Shop. It is dated 7/10.
The clarity has improved on the McCloud and the fishing has been great the last week.
The clarity issue we had in June has improved and the fishing has been great the last week. We have been getting reports from the dam to the conservancy and it seems the enitre river is great right now. Nymphing will be your best bet all day, but there maybe some really good dry fly fishing in the evening right before dark. We usually start heairng of big browns being caught in July and swinging a streamer on a sink tip in some of the pools will entice those big boys.
Keep in mind that hatches are running behind schedule. Make sure that your fly boxes are filled with PMD mayflies, Golden Stoneflies, Salmonflies, Yellow Sallies, caddis, and hoppers. If you are going to try the streamer thing, bring various buggers, sculpins, and other baitfish. If you really feel like dredging, bring some crawdad imitations.