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  1. Whip-finish at the back of the fly on stimulator hook (2X long) size #8, around wide foam strip and behind long hackle and rubber legs. I didn't try any of my tools for it, but I'm still very sure that my fingers saved me a lot of time (and effort) when doing it. "Much faster", "more precise" and "hardly an expense"... but in some situations the tool just isn't enough. Don's "Megarelli" maybe would be something though. Wider range than most WF-tools (incl. fingers)... and much(!) easier to find on the bench. This was sent to Frank Matarelli for his induction to the Fly-Tyers Hall of Fame and he had it lying on his podium there. He loved it and apparently Don had a heck of a time getting him to send it back... so obviously a perfectly fine knock-off also to Mr Frank.
  2. Amen to that! 'Try and buy'... in that order. I have a bad experience from doing it the other way around... buying before trying. I was going to upgrade from my Danvise and was going between a Barracuda Junior Trekker and a Griffin Montana Mongoose. I had never seen any of them in real life and the word 'Junior' in the name scared me a little. I didn't want a small vise, so finally I ordered the Mongoose. It was the best vise I'd had so far, so in the beginning I thought it was great. But soon I started to dislike it more and more in every way... ergonomics... quality... design. Though I still tied on it for a year, since it had costed me $280 (in Sweden) and I couldn't really justify buying another expensive vise too soon. The actual width of my mistake was revealed to me when I was invited to Sowbug Roundup 2006 and got to see a Barracuda Junior in real life. Only a quick look made it clear to me which of them actually was the TRUE 'junior'... and after trying it, it also became clear which was the vise FOR ME. So when I got home my Mongoose was soon replaced and the vises I've had since then have been Barracuda models. But that Mongoose in my drawer will always be a bad memory of wasted money and almost a year of irritation. 'Try and buy'... in that order.
  3. Same here. 'Fine' or 'fine'... but 'this' or 'that'. I have no doubt that they both make top notch vises. Though which of them will be the "best vise" always lies in the eyes of the individual... what he wants and doesn't want from his vise. I have not tried a Renzetti and the only Renzetti cons I have are based on text and pictures (so I'm not 100% that I've gotten everything right). Renzetti cons (vs. Dyna-King): * The jaws height adjustment (3-step and with a tool)... * Expensive jaws and also different for the vise models (I've had three different Barracuda models but only bought midge jaws once)... * The rotary handle that doesn't allow for a 90 degree handle (after gotten used to having one I wouldn't want to be without it)... A little con on the Dyna-King rotary vise is that its width sometimes can make it feel a little bit large on the bench. I don't really know the width of the Renzetti pedestal base, but compared to its right end, the jaws on the Renzettis don't look like they reach out very far from the vise stem. It does look a little "neater" in size (and if I'm right about it, it would be a Renzetti pro to me). But it's the only Barracuda "con" I can think of... and since it's not a major one either, a Renzetti would still be a step down on my bench.
  4. When I use the whip-finisher I use a cheap Matarelli knock-off. I can't imagine in what way the original would be better. Mostly use my fingers together with the closed scissors though since I never seem to find the tools on my bench right away. Instead of the top hook on the whip-finisher I use the closed blades on the scissors. But as I almost always have the scissors hidden in my palm while tying I don't have to look for them on the bench, so this way still remains the fastest and least aggrevating one. (Doesn't spin as fast as the Matarelli type... but always "handy". )
  5. (Leaving HMH out of it here since the man seemed to be interested in rotary vises, considering his candidates in the first post.) Not sure what you meant there, but... *... if you're saying that you need the midge jaws for the Dyna-King and you don't need them on the Renzetti, I just say that I've tied #28's on the standard jaws too. *... if you meant price difference between the midge jaws for the vises, the ones for the Traveller cost $84.95 while the ones for the Barracuda family cost $65. But it doesn't really matter which, since I wasn't comparing anything when I said that I (as in 'myself') don't see it as "Big Fly Vise" and don't think this stamp should be held against it as a con... talking about it as a 'tool in use' and not as a 'cost'.
  6. I've seen several giving Dyna-King the stamp "Big Fly Vise". But I've never felt that I want something else for the smaller ones so I rather think of it as a "Wide Range Vise". DK (midge jaws) with #32's, Tiemco 518 and Mustad 277:
  7. For the really tiny ones (#30-32) I use to "make" my own thread. 4-5 filaments separated from a GSP thread, waxed and a little bit twisted... 4-5ft on a little spool. Just like spiderweb (and not Danville's 30 denier version ) and strong enough to tie with.
  8. To me it would be a con. I very often use the vise for rotation tying and want my hook shanks in line with the rotation when I do it, no matter hook size.
  9. As I have understood from others, the jaws height adjustment on the Renzettis consists of three fixed heights/holes with a screw that has to be unscrewed all the way to adjust the height of the jaws. I'm not a Renzetti user myself, but if my Dyna-King had the same solution and I had to search for a tool every time I wanted to get the jaws to "almost" where I wanted them, I would consider that as a con.
  10. That sure is a good looking vise. I usually say that looks of a vise doesn't matter to me. Fancy schmancy looks or simple working horse looks... I'm still just going to tie on it. But that's a vise I probably would have standing on a book shelf in the livingroom... centered, not just as a bookend. Great work!
  11. #32 for me. On the finger tip, Tiemco 518 to the left and Mustad 277 to the right. (Quite some difference.): Mustad 277: (I'm not ashamed to say that it wasn't a 5-minute job though. ) Tiemco 518: The smallest I've ever fished is #24 though...
  12. Here are my two darlings, Dyna-King Barracuda Ultimate Indexer and Dyna-King Supreme. I use them both just as much. Maybe I use the Supreme a little more since its size makes it more suitable for tying nights... and leaves more free space on our little livingroom table when TV-tying. With the head pushed down in a not so steep angle (somewhere between 2 and 3 o'clock), you can do some decent rotary tying on that one too (even though it's not "true").
  13. By pulling the jaws' rear ends together it keeps the tips apart when untightened. Some vises with parallel jaws have a spring between the tips to do the same thing.
  14. The three which in my head made Gudebrod GUDEBROD...
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