dry fly


Definition of dry fly

: an artificial angling fly designed to float

Examples of dry fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weather had inspired Daniel to change his technique, switching from a dry fly to a lure that resembled a worm. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Anglers who want to cast a dry fly and hook a wild trout on a mountain stream will want to fish Lower Rush Creek below Grant Lake. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 Fish the froth with a high-floating, buggy dry fly: a size 14 or 16 deer hair caddis or small stimulator. Popular Science, 26 Oct. 2020 One good way to imitate that action is by skating a dry fly. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 26 June 2020 This is the classic scenario for skittering a dry fly, usually an Elk Hair Caddis. Cast up and across. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 26 June 2020 Since it was first published in 1938, Trout by Ray Bergman has become a bible for anglers, owing to its clear, authoritative descriptions of trout and how to catch them, whether with dry flies, old-school wet flies, streamers, bucktails, or nymphs. Outdoor Life, 30 Apr. 2020 As its name implies, floating fly line floats on top of the water and is commonly used for fishing dry flies. The Editors, Field & Stream, 3 Apr. 2020 There are fish in the lake, and the shallow, secluded water invited settling dry flies on the placid waters. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of dry fly

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Dry fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20fly. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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