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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
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • The demands of dry fly casting on the rod are exacting in the extreme.

  • Hackles for the dry fly must be stiff with very little or no web.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • I have little faith in color in the dry fly, except light or dark shades.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • A short length of water will suffice for the dry fly man—a few hundred yards.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • This firm produces many forms of rods suitable for dry fly work.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • Yet another difficulty encountered by the dry fly fisherman is caused by fish coming short.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • 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
  • There was none could coax a trout from a glass-clear pool with a dry fly like Alan Campbell.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • It can be caught with either wet or dry fly, and with the same tackle as trout, which generally inhabit the same stream.

  • A dry fly will never catch a salmon; your fly must be kept in the water, and not on the bank.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
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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