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Good cheap lamp
This is what I use.  But, I did not mount it to the base it came with.  Instead, I use zip-ties to secure it to the post on my vise.  One of the bet ghings about this lamp is length of
Newest New Guy
I think I'm the newest new guy at the forum. I'm new to fly tying. I've only been at the vise for 2 months, but I've been fishing my whole life. I'm originally from Michigan, living in NE Ohio. I spen
Best's "Production Fly Tying" comparing editions
richard   pm me your email address and i will send you a .pdf or microsoft word copy of some fly tying tips and tricks i have been working on   it wont make you a faster tyer (which i see no
What do you sit on?
I use a similar office chair, only with padded arm rests. The key for me was using a vise extension arm to bring the vise closer to me, so that I don't have to lean forward. 
Auction score?
I like to go to auctions when I have nothing else to do. 9 out of 10 times I come home empty handed. Today I scored, possibly a major score but I'm a little unsure. My first purchase was a box contain
The Nail Soup Swap
When I was just a kid in grade school, we read a story called "Nail Soup", which for some reason has stuck in my mind to this day. I was thinking about it tonight, and decided to see if I could locate
First stab at Materials...
Hello! Thanks for all of the replies! I appreciate all of the suggestions & encouragement; it means a lot. It's like being in a beginner class, with everyone offering their input, and where every
Sandy, didn't you post once that you were working on a book?   I never tried your lathe idea because I had no rotary vise but the "brush" thread the other the other day gave me an idea of making
Macular Degeneration and fly fishing?
I have pre-tied flies on tippets before. Used a perfection loop for the tippet to leader connection. I did this with size 22 and smaller but have been considering doing this with larger flies. I suffe
Dubbing Brush
 I have a Nor Vise with the all the attachments including a dubbing table. Norm (who is gone now)  expected users to make wire brushes much the same as the one at the top of this thread.
Tube Fly Materials
I started out buying into the HMH system and so have just carried on with that. I use the adapter when traveling now, it had been my main method initially till I bought the tube fly vise. HMH now make
Greetings from the Southwest!
New member here.......just started fly fishing last year but most of my fishing experience was when I was younger growing up in the Midwest. Since moving to AZ in 1988, my fishing time dwindled drast
The Essential Fly Box
So Trouta_Control, that means you can finally reach the vise again? Hoping all went well and you had bouncing baby ???
September Flies From the Vise
My first "Flies from the Vise" post.   I have been getting ready for a November trip to the warm waters to chase Bonefish, tarpon and permit.  Working on tying flies from Drew Chicone's book
Interesting use of a pair of forceps for a micro jaw vise.
The SCUD/Sow Bug swap
You  bet and welcome back Tony. Been awhile. Hope those dancing fingers still remember their way around a vise, or is it like a bicycle? Never forget.   Mike, Walt is an old cyber friend fro
Getting back into tying and A K Best
Production Fly Tying was published in 1989.  Hard to believe it was that long ago.  I adopted several of his suggestions from the book when setting up my bench and tying area.  It sou
How to Make Perfect Booby Eyes (Video)
What vise are you using?  Looks kind of like an EZ Rotary but with with bigger knobs.
RIP Dick Miller
I received word today that the man who taught me to tie flies has passed away. Dick Miller was an elementary school 5th and 6th grade teacher in Grants Pass, Oregon. In the mid 1950's schools had afte
An Omen?
While sitting at the vise last night, a full grown adult yellow stone fly landed on my fly box. I kid you not, this really happened. There is a small creek across the road from me that contains no fis
Digital Fly Journal
I've had several different systems. I've abandoned each in favor of a new one. Ultimately the only system that seems to work for me at this time is to sit down and face my vise.  There's always s
Fun and Humor at the Fly Shop
My old vise I have had for years is wearing out and I don't feel like doing any repairs to it that may only be temporary fixes anyway. So, I visited our local fly shop to purchase a new one. When I wa
July Flies From the Vise
Fresh, Not off the vise yet      
Best Tyer Ever?
I wouldn't exclude anyone, and certainly wouldn't require someone to use 100% natural materials, nor would I put in-hand tying is a necessity.  Meghan Boyd used a vise, although she may have star
Fifty Fly Project
As I mentioned during posts in the May/June Flies from the Vise I worked my way through Ian Whitelaws book, The History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies.  My daughter gave me the book last Christmas
Video- tying a CDC Spinner/Dun
Lucian, What vise were you using in this video?
Swiss Vise
Nice looking vise. Too many parts for me though.
Dirty Vise Jaws?
Ok guys so I've been noticing that my vise leaves (or strips) some kind of marking and makes the part of the hook that was in the vise look a little dirty/scratched up. Does that affect the hook stren
June Flies From the Vise
Been a while but I haven't been away from the vise. The Real mayfly size 18 and 20s. Also trying my hand at Dave's hopper. I'll get it, hopefully.
Bobbin threader on the run....
while i still have good lungs the old draw method works    or   2X on the GUM threaders.  I find that it hangs nicely on my vise so it doesn't get lost on my bench.  I do
Need help with a fly
If the Adams works but you want to skip the wings, in midges you can just tie an Adams without wings, the fish generally won't know the difference. That's okay except he said an Adams parachute. I
renzetti o-ring and what it does
wow.... seems as if those are known high failure parts, they would fix the design or just include them when you buy the vise... if my vise had that many probable failure points, I think I'd be giving
Renzetti traveler review
Many of you experienced tiers probably have tied on or at least heard of this vise. However I thought Id help show some of the new tiers that might be in the market for a new vise. Some of the pros
RIP Norm Norlander
I am crushed.  I first met Norm back before 1993, at a sports and outdoor show in Salt Lake City.  .  He of course was tying on and demonstrating his Nor-vise.  I was hooked immedi
Marryat International Vise info wanted
Hi, In my quest for a mate of mine for a nice compact traveling vise I stumbled accross a vintage Marryat International vise. Since their reels were really good, I figured this one would be too and bo
My dry fly hackle falls forward as I get closer to the eye of the hook
Try tying your dry flies as parachute patterns - you won't have the hackle falling forward, there is just the post for the wing so you don't have to worry about having even wings, and best of all, t
Cork poppers
Thanks for the kind words guys. forgot and Gnarly too..Ha   Denduke I will watch for the "dig in" when I try it tomorrow. Might need to add changing hook position lower on lip for Rev
May Flies From The Vise
In another thread someone mentioned Kelly Galloup's Found Link. I've had great success fishing Mercer's Missing Link. So I figured I'd go Found also. 22 in the vise. 18,20 and 22 together. Not perfect
Who has the best price on a peak rotary vise
Any ideas on where to get the best price on a peak vise? I'm looking to get a vise and midge jaws Go_rob_go@yahoo
Hair stackers, stainless
Thanks all , I bought a dr. Slick small stacker. I'll get to play with it when it comes. Im sure I could do something with a 22 magnum case. I'm still really new and buying tools, and a vise.
Finally got one
I've been trying to get a turkey with my bow for a while now been a frustrating few seasons, decided I'd give the head loper style broad heads a chance this year. On a related note best ways to pres
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Once again you guys are welcome. Thx for joining. It would be nice to see some pictures posted(when you get around to it)of what you do with Dragon Tail material and some finished poppers. I havent
Any updates on HMH TRN?
I have purchased two TRV's.   Since my last post on the "New" TRV and I have had many hours sitting behind it tying many different type and sizes of flies. I just finished a box full of size 22 m
Homemade vise
Big Nasty by Kevin Howell
Welcome to the site.  Take a picture of your attempt and post it in "April Flies from the Vise", please.
On tube flies?
What system are you using Dave ?   I still have my HMH adapters that worked pretty well but like tube flies and tying them enough that I went ahead and bought an HMH tube vise. I have that for ho
Stonfo Airone Travel Vise
Tim, Couple of questions ? What is the largest hook it can hold ? How is the vise stability with that light base ? Could one spin deer hair on this vise ? Thanks.
WTB: HMH Premium Vise
Hi, Im looking for an HMH Premium Vise that was made by API and came in a wooden box like this picture... Please message me
April Flies From The Vise
Another from the vise of Bill Logan Realistic Wasp Kimo
Using hooks from the mid-90s
If they are the VMC brand, I would at least test one or two by squashing down the barb and see what happens. The ones that I have from an Orvis kit are very brittle. I always crush the barb down in my
New Fine Point Jaws
I don't use them ... not a Norvise owner ... but I can see the "point".   The greater the angle, the more the vise is "out of the way".  Although I don't tie small enough to have problems wi
DIY Shanks
Just started making my own shanks out of 19gauge annealed wire. The first few look a little rough but I am sure they will get better. I haven't tried them yet, will try some on tube flies in the nex
Mouse/Rat Swap
I had kids the right age when that first came on  TV so I saw pieces of a lot of episodes.   Hope pictures show up for this. Am working on a full re-write, update and condensation of Steve's
Law Vise for sale
If you look that member just joined that forum yesterday.First post is to sell a vise for 4K.
de-barbing pliers
I 2nd flytire, $40+ dollars is better spent on material or dinner for that matter. Make a pair out of inexpensive pliers is you want smooth jaws or use your vise.
Mono rigging
Ben,   I see what you mean. But allow me to say that magazines and bloggers need and must write about new methods and gear. BUT that does not mean that you or I need to incorporate those methods.
April Fools Warm Water Swap...
And my set of magic arrived from Mike West. He must not have minded me poking fun at him too much because these the quality flies that come of his vise, plus some other goodies in there. Thanks everyo
OMG over engineered or what!
The tool Mike owns was made in PA and represents, in my mind, a simple and well-engineered alternative to holding a blade in hand.  It's not presently in distribution, but I think the maker has t
Does anybody have, and use, a Herter's Professional Wing Maker?
tctrout:  I can't tell you how many of your videos I have watched and learned from in the past 2 years!  So nice to kinda-sorta meet you!    A little background:  I'm 75 years
Stoping by to say hi
I'm not guessing at the vise.  But I DO like that base, with the fold down legs !!!  And the vise itself is pretty neat.   Welcome to the site, again.
Price:    very recently I looked to replace my every-day winter foul-weather coat/parka/shell.   I've been wearing my gore-tex jacket and fleece liner which I got in the CG pr
Not very common emerger
Lucian,      Every time you post pictures of your flies I am amazed at your talent. Makes me want to throw my vise in the scrap heap, but I will stumble on hoping to improve. Thanks for
Vice problems
Just had another thought, try cleaning the grip surfaces of the jaws; I'd use alcohol or acetone. Some hooks seem to have a varnish that might transfer to the vise.
Best Regal knock-off vise ?
I too was curious about the rationale of getting a regal knockoff when you are used to tying on a quality vise. Another option might be to just get a c-clamp allowing you to set your vise up while o
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