dry fly

noun Angling.

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

Origin of dry fly

First recorded in 1840–50
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dry fly


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