The Dictionary For Anglers, By Anglers

Find meanings and definitions of the specialized words, phrases, lingo, and terminology used for fishing. It is written by anglers like you, for anglers like you.

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 21


A general name for the dozens of subspecies of caddis flies found in trout streams all over the world. Also known as a "sedge," they are characterized by a tent-like wing. Caddis have four stages of development, from egg to larva to pupa to adult.

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 20

braided channel

Usually found on freestone rivers, braided channels are ever-changing smaller channels that together constitute the course of the entire river.

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 19

patch reef

A patch of coral reef inshore of the main reef line. For instance, most of the Florida Keys' main reef is a half-dozen miles offshore. But the patch reefs are small, isolated, and scattered anywhere between dry land and the deeper water.

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 18


a fly fisher's term for a freshwater shrimp, usually found in spring creeks and clean ponds and rivers, sizes 8-18, green, gray, black and sometimes orange in color.

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 17

three-way swivel

An in-line swivel with a third station at 90 degrees, which allows attachment of a "dropper" line perpendicular to the main line.

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 16


An amateur angler who fishes from the back of the professional angler's boat during a tournament

Fishing Slang of the Day - June 15

single haul

The act of pulling on the flyline with the off hand to increase line speed during either the front cast or backcast. A "double haul" is the same thing applied on both the front cast and backcast.