dry fly


Definition of dry fly

: an artificial angling fly designed to float

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In some rivers, artfully casting dry flies is the best way to tempt a trout. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Don't mock the angler who catches fish in creative ways," 29 June 2018 Another serious draw: the shallow, sandy-bottom streams that allowed the area to give birth to American dry fly fishing in the 19th century, and still produce world-class trout fishing today. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 Small dry flies, nymphs, spinners, spoons and bait will catch fish. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Check small streams for big fish this spring (fishing report, March 16) | Idaho Statesman," 16 Mar. 2018 Cap’s Hair-Wing: A dry fly designed by Ed Haaga for Cap Buettner’s Fly Shop, this pattern uses a deer hair for the body and tail and grizzly and brown rooster for the hackle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 How: Fly-fishing with dry flies and streamers, casting spoons and spinners, bait fishing. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "You know about perch, bass. But you also should try catching walleye, tiger trout. | Idaho Statesman," 19 Mar. 2018 The Hart Washer is a high-floating fly similar to the Wulff series of dry flies. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 Anglers are catching big browns and good numbers of rainbows on a variety of setups, including dry flies (tricos and midges), streamers (woolly buggars and muddler minnows), spinners, spoons, crankbaits and jigs. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Big cats at Brownlee worth the bitter cold (fishing report, Feb. 16)," 16 Feb. 2018 Nymph during the day and take advantage of dry fly hatches in the evening. sacbee, "Best places to fish right now on Sacramento region waterways," 11 Sep. 2017

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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