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 Fish the froth with a high-floating, buggy dry fly: a size 14 or 16 deer hair caddis or small stimulator. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to catching trout—even in autumn," 26 Oct. 2020 One good way to imitate that action is by skating a dry fly. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "Skate, Skitter, and Twitch Dry Flies for Trout," 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, "Skate, Skitter, and Twitch Dry Flies for Trout," 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, "Four essential books all about trout fishing," 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, "Three Great Gifts for Fly Fishermen," 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, "Swan Lake Fire may have ruined a weekend, but there is relief that it finally happened," 17 July 2019 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

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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 4 Dec. 2020.

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