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bob +‎ fly


bobfly (plural bobflies)

  1. (fishing) The fly at the end of the leader.
    • 1866, Sir Randal Howland Roberts, The river's side: or, The trout and grayling, and how to take them, page 74:
      This fly is always best as the bobfly on the cast.
    • 1904, Stephen Lucius Gwynn, Fishing holidays
      a fish came in on the bobfly
    • 1908, The Badminton magazine of sports & pastimes: Volume 26
      He watched the upper fold of the curved line rolling itself out almost parallel to the lower, and the flies finally alighting upon the surface of the water one after the other in beautiful sequence from the bobfly to the tail.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bobfly in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)