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wet fly

noun, Angling.
an artificial fly designed for use underwater.
Compare dry fly.
Origin of wet fly
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wet fly
Historical Examples
  • But here the hackle is much more important than on the wet fly.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • Then men walked boldly along the river bank, and fished with ordinary tackle and a wet fly.

    Saddle and Mocassin Francis Francis Jr.
  • On the other hand, a wet fly should sink readily, and should be made with very soft webby hackles.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • Place the concave sides together and tie in the butt ends the same as for a wet fly.

    How to Tie Flies E. C. Gregg
  • The wet fly, or wet fly methods, should be followed wherever the water is of the latter description.

  • These imitations have met, both in my hands and in the hands of others, with greater success than any other form of wet fly.

    Old Flies in New Dresses Charles Edward Walker
  • Of the two first methods the wet fly is the older and may be taken first.

British Dictionary definitions for wet fly

wet fly

  1. an artificial fly designed to float or ride below the water surface
  2. (as modifier): wet-fly fishing
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