When making a trip to Cali to fish I always check out Fish First! Northern California Fly Fishing
for all fishing reports in CA. The fly shop in Redding is a good place to check too.
This is fishfirst's latest report as of 7-13
McCloud River (below McCloud Reservoir) Off color to green, mid 50's, normal flow (230 cfs at Ah-Di-Na) Fishing is good. Water clarity has recently improved to 2-3 foot visibility and trout are back on the bite. Start the day subsurface with a golden stone and attractor nymph dropper. Fish the pocket water, runs and tailouts to find feeding fish. Not much hatching midday but fish will eat an ant pattern or attrator dry if you find some shady areas. Fish to the bank under the vegetation to find some big trout. Dry fly action picks up late afternoon with lots of trout rising to golden stones, pale evening duns and caddis. Be sure to stay until dark. Streamers fished in pools and deep runs early in the morning is also a good option for some bigger brown trout. The Conservancy and Ah-Di-Nah are fishing better than Ash Camp.