dry fly

noun Angling.
an artificial fly designed for use on the surface of the water.
Compare wet fly.


Origin:
1840–50

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dry fly
 
n
angling Compare wet fly
 a.  an artificial fly designed and prepared to be floated or skimmed on the surface of the water
 b.  (as modifier): dry-fly fishing

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Example sentences
There wasn't a dry fly made that he could not tie with a hackle from one of his
  own roosters.
Fly ash is present due to occasional transfer of fly ash during periods of
  maintenance on the dry fly ash collection system.
The required balance of plant consists of systems to convey dry fly ash to and
  from the separator.
For faster fishing, use a dry fly on the surface in the late evening hours when
  fish are rising.
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