dry fly


: an artificial angling fly designed to float

Examples of dry fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among golden aspens with bull elk bugling down the canyon, my Orvis Encounter rod and reel combo worked Adams dry flies past slack water to fish lying in wait, flawlessly. Rob McDonald, Field & Stream, 13 Sep. 2023 The $45 class includes information about fly rods, knot tying, dry flies, trout identification, reading water in streams and lakes and casting techniques. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Rods with a slower, softer action are often preferred for delicate dry fly fishing, but use any rod that suits your casting style and gives you the most feeling of control. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 13 July 2023 The vest also features eight pockets and two dry fly patches for great organization. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 1 June 2023 In addition to enjoying on-site amenities, guests can hike through the adjacent nature preserve or fish the Neversink River, known as the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 The tool needed to take a size 16 dry fly out of the dainty mouth of a mountain trout differs from that utilized for billfish, with multiple gradations in between. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 Roger Hill, an old-school dry fly fisherman, is particularly angry. Ben Ryder Howe, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2022 Westslope cutthroat — one of the trout native to the region, identifiable by the dash of red beneath their jaws — have a reputation for being very willing to rise to a dry fly. Chris Santella, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry fly was in 1846

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“Dry fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20fly. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

dry fly

: a fishing fly designed to float on the water

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