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A dry fly is a type of artificial fishing fly used in fly fishing that is designed to imitate adult insects or other floating organisms on the water's surface. Unlike wet flies, which are designed to sink below the water's surface to imitate nymphs or other aquatic larvae, dry flies are intended to float on the water, imitating insects that have reached the surface and are riding on the water's film. Dry flies typically have buoyant materials, such as feathers, hair, or synthetic materials, which enable them to stay afloat. They are often tied to resemble adult insects like mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, or other terrestrial insects like grasshoppers or ants. The goal of using dry flies is to present a convincing imitation of insects that are actively hatching, floating, or resting on the water's surface. Fly anglers cast dry flies onto the water, allowing them to float naturally with the current. The presentation aims to attract the attention of fish that are feeding on insects at the water's surface. When a fish rises to take the fly, it results in an exciting and visual form of fly fishing known as "dry fly fishing." Dry fly fishing is particularly popular among fly anglers who enjoy the visual aspect of seeing fish rise to take a fly and the challenge of presenting a convincing imitation on the water. It is often associated with freshwater environments, such as rivers and streams, where insect hatches are prevalent and fish actively feed on the surface.

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