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dry fly

noun, Angling.
1.
an artificial fly designed for use on the surface of the water.
Compare wet fly.
Origin of dry fly
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • Tweed trout are now grown very shy and capricious; even a dry fly failed to do any execution worth mentioning.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • The demands of dry fly casting on the rod are exacting in the extreme.

  • This firm produces many forms of rods suitable for dry fly work.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • I have little faith in color in the dry fly, except light or dark shades.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • Wherever a fly may be floated the dry fly is distinctly the thing for late spring and summer fishing.

  • Yet another difficulty encountered by the dry fly fisherman is caused by fish coming short.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • Then the p. 202trout rises, and in a moment the dry fly descends as lightly as a living insect, half a foot above the ripple.

    Lost Leaders Andrew Lang
  • Had there been a good fresh breeze my dry fly would have been nowhere in competition with my eight-and-twenty friends.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • His best chance of creeling one of the three-pounder type was with a long line, longer patience, and a dry fly.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • It was so like Halford to listen with all his ears to the advice of the few who urged the advantage of the dry fly.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
British Dictionary definitions for dry fly

dry fly

noun
1.
(angling)
  1. an artificial fly designed and prepared to be floated or skimmed on the surface of the water
  2. (as modifier): dry-fly fishing
Compare wet fly
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