I'm sad to say that the Dog Days are not over but in full swing. Now while the hot weather makes fishing harder, it doesn't make it impossible. You're going to have the best luck in higher elevations during August. As well as, in the morning if you wanted to try a lower elevation. It's certainly time for the Brookies to shine.
It's not only been hot, but it's been dry. Obviously that makes the water levels lower than we would like. Which again, makes the fishing a bit harder, yet still not impossible. You just really need to remember to stay low and slow. Use a longer leader so you don't need to be as close to the hole you're fishing.
If you're a dry fly kind of guy, stick to Terrestrials, like Hi-Viz Beetles or Ant Patterns. Go ahead and try a Yellow Never Sink Caddis as well. Not much is going off in August though, we just don't have the major hatches here like on bigger rivers. With the low water and small hatches, nymphs will probably produce the most fish for you. Like always, a Bead Head Pheasant Tail is money. You can also go ahead and try a Squirmy Wormy or a Greenie Weenie, they've been tending to work really well for us.
Gatlinburg tends to stay pretty consistent because it is stocked every Thursday. But again, it's hot, so for best results fish early or fish late. You can fish 30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset everyday but stocking day.
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