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Tying Video – The Santuary

The Sanctuary fly is one of those simple soft hackle flies that should be in every fly box, every soft hackle fly box that is.  It is a very versatile fly in both cold water and warm water situations.  Think of it as similar to the Woolly Bugger for streamers.  You don’ leave home without any.  It is often referred to as the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle which should tell you something.  Your nymph box should always have a few Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs so the Sanctuary is just as important.  It is a simple and straight forward fly to tie and even uses a everyday brown hen hackle for the collar, noting fancy.  If you are new to fly tying, especially soft hackle flies, it is a perfect fly to work on your skills.  Applying a tag, a rib, dubbing and even wrapping in a hen collar are all very basic skills that this fly can help you improve.  Try tying some with a light body or a ginger hen hackle just for the heck of it.  Have fun with the Sanctuary. – Enjoy.


Hook:Mustad 3906, 3906b or 3399, #10 – #16
Thread:Uni-Thread 8/0, Black
Tag/Rib:Danville #16/18 Silver/Gold Mylar Tinsel
Body:Dark Gray Hare’s Ear Dubbing
Hackle:Hen Hackle, Brown
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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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