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  1. 16 minutes ago, Toothy said:

    Does this mean that the grooves meant to stabilize larger hooks are just milled too deeply on the models they have?

    I know that I tried the really large classic salmon fly hooks Salarman sent me in my TRV and the largest did not fit.  Personally I never tie bigger than a #4 so my vise works perfect for me, however if you need to tie really large stuff I would say look elsewhere.

  2. For what it’s worth I have found wing wets very productive on heavily pressured Rivers. I think it comes down to almost no one uses them anymore and the fish on these rivers are very educated when it comes to all the generic nymphs that most anglers use.  Winged wets have caught fish for a few hundred years and they still work today but most people don’t know how to fish them correctly.  IMO they are most effective upstream but it requires a lot of attention to your leader and rod angle.  At times they work when nothing else does.  

  3. 2 hours ago, Noahguide said:

    For you interested New Englanders,

    The last time I was in Stone River Outfitters in Amherst they had a full slate of vises, including the TRV.

    They had moved into new spaces when last I was there (Christmas 2019, before COVID).

    They are at : 

    1 NH-101A Unit 1, Amherst, NH 03031

    (603) 472-3191

    *No affiliation, just information

    Stone River is a fantastic shop. I found the staff to be exceptional and I ended up buying a Fish Pond mini pack from them. I try to stop in anytime I’m in New Hampshire.

  4. 21 hours ago, Moshup said:

    Toothy thanks for the photos.  Based only on photos I’d go with the TRV.  If I were to purchase

    one I would want some hands on before I made a choice.

    Moshup I do know that HMH has had a booth at the Marlborough MA Fly Fishing show and there are several other vendors that have TRV's available.  It's an excellent place to try out almost any U.S. made vise.  The Talon being new and European my be more difficult to get a hold of.  I ordered my TRV straight from Jon at HMH and I can say I will never part with it.   I would love to try a Talon sometime (and any of the other LAW copies) for comparison.  The trouble is most if not all are made in Europe and the local vendors don't seem to have them available.

    21 hours ago, Toothy said:

    You're welcome! The TRV is an excellent choice.  Based on the other thread perhaps the TRV has a new jaw assembly... I did not care for the original finish (Thick, and black) that it came with so I beautified mine by removing the black coating and then blued it with a rifle blueing chemical.  In my opinion it improved the appearance tremendously.  It did nothing to improve the function however, which was already flawless. 

    Nathan I'm just curious were you able to try out a Talon somewhere before you purchased it?  Your obviously a fan of "LAW" style vises as am I and I truly wish more of the U.S. manufactures would offer a version.  I love the HMH but it's always nice to have choices.  Also it looks like you changed your base?  I ordered the tall stem from HMH.  I'm more comfortable not looking down and or $20 plus shipping it was money well spent.  I also built the wood riser which widens the footprint and raises the vise another 1.5".

  5. On 6/24/2021 at 1:24 PM, Mark Knapp said:

    No, the reason the price is so high is because the vise is not available. If he makes the vise available again, the price will go back down to a more competitive price. Now that more people are making vises with similar jaws, you would expect that his vise would have to be more competitively priced than it was when his was the only one. IMHO

    I once sold a Viet Nam era Randall knife for $8,000.00 (at auction) when the original knife sold for $300.00 only because it was unobtainable.

    Yeah I get that but you would think if he was to begin making them again he could command a high enough price to make it worth his time. 

  6. 10 hours ago, The Mad Duck said:

    I've made a furled leader or two. I've found that if you stretch the mono before you start twisting,the line wont kink up as badly as you work.I usually wrap the line around a door handle and pull  the length of the line around the handle with a medium amount of pressure to get the line stretched.

    Correct - you can also run the piece of mono from the spool through a leader straightener with good results.  One video I saw the tier was throwing one of the lines over his shoulder to keep the 2 lines from twisting until they reached his fingers.    I wish I could report I've tried something other than mono but sadly have been conscripted to complete a full kitchen remodel.  This will inevitably eat most of my free time for the foreseeable future.  It's that happy wife thing (they failed to mention when I said my vows).  I'll post before and after pics on the lodge side- 

  7. On 6/15/2021 at 4:42 PM, skeet3t said:

    Thanks and will view later. I have miles of a light green thread that might be used. Is it necessary to use mono line? Have one rod with furled leader and I like it.

    Skeet I don't know about thread but the video says you can make this style out of many types of materials.  I used mono because I have been tying my own knotted leaders for a while and I have many spools of mono from 30lb down to 4LB. 

  8. 10 minutes ago, chugbug27 said:

    Forgive me if everyone's seen this already. (I don't have commercial / cable tv)


    Chug we cut the cable cord this year so I haven't see that.  Great commercial!

  9. 28 minutes ago, Philly said:

    I'm not sure I watched this particular video but the subject has come up on a couple of other boards.  Now that I think about it wasn't this video, since there was no tippet ring used.  The other difference is that it was a tapered leader as far as tapered go.  I used 20# fluorocarbon.  It produced around a 5  foot leader.  The butt portion ended up with 4 strands of the fluorocarbon and the tippet portion was two strands.  The leader was 80#, 40# with a 20# or 25# tippet.  I also did one with 12# fluorocarbon ending up with a 48#, 24# using either 12# or 10# for the tippet.  They definitely work.    I found a spool of 20# Gudebrod Dacron stashed in one of my storage drawers.  I'm going to try and make a couple of leaders out of that.   I like the idea of the surgical gloves.  I have some left over from the beginning of the Covid crisis.  I'll give them a shot next time I try to make up a leader.

    I struggled with not being able to grab the mono tight enough to get it to twist correctly.  Any amount of perspiration on the finger tips and there's no chance.   Surgical gloves have a pretty good grip.

  10. My father was a WWII vet, while on Okinawa preparing to assault an air field he received word he was being discharged under the "only son" rule.  His father had passed as a result of the long term effects of having been gassed in the trenches of WW1.  My mother told the story that not long after Pearl Harbor she was so frightened by a large group of bombers passing over their family home that she hid in a shed.  She was not able to tell if they were "ours" or "theirs".   Terrifying days to live through for anyone.  The Greatest Generation had to face a better armed enemy of Nazis and fascist

    (Content deleted to prevent arguments.  Mike)




  11. On 6/9/2021 at 1:21 AM, Mark Knapp said:

    The funniest thing I ever saw was someone who went outside to smoke, was totally alone outside and only took down her mask in order to take a puff on the cigarette that was probably eventually going to kill her.


  12. Hi all,  recently I found the video below on how to make your own furled leaders by hand twisting them without the use of a pegged board.  These are very simple 50/50 -5' leaders (without the tippet) meaning when completed I have 2.5' of 4 strand and 2.5' of 2 strand.  A loop to loop attaches to the fly line and at the other end I clinch knot 4' of tippet.  So far I've only used 10lb mono but I intend to try other sizes of mono and other materials.   I'm surprised at how well they cast on both my 7' 3" 3 weight and my 9' 5 weight.   Besides costing almost nothing to make the great thing about furled leaders is that they have close to no memory and they are really durable.

    I thought I would share this for anyone who's interested.  - I have found that wearing a surgical glove on my twisting hand works better than bare fingers at least with mono.


  13. I can't say I remember when people didn't use vises to tie flies but I was probably alive when this was filmed.  At 16:50 Lee demonstrates tying without a vise- 

    BACK ON TOPIC;   In a perfect world the local fly shop would have at least one of every premium or hand made vise sitting on the shelf for us to try out.  The Fly Fishing shows have the largest variety that I know of.   Over the years I have been able to handle most of the premium vises available on the market at the various dealer stations.   If your serious about buying, some will allow you a test drive and tie a couple of fly's.   Even if you don't actually get tie you can still get a feel for the quality and engineering level in a way that a youtube video can never provide.  On occasion pro tyers have allowed me to test their own vise functions like rotary action and opening and closing the jaws including a LAW and a J-Vise.   

    If I was considering spending $500 + on a vise like a Talon it would probably be worth making the trip to the closest or biggest show. 

  14. On 6/4/2021 at 10:47 PM, SilverCreek said:

    It was not the cost that stopped me from buying the LAW. What stopped me was the fact that if the vise need a repair or a new part, I probably could not get it. I knew that in 20 or 30 years, Renzetti would still be in business and Waldron may not be.

    The best ability is availability. I was not willing to risk that a $700 vise would not have spare parts in the future.

    Exactly why I purchased the HMH TRV.  I love the design of the law but the copies that were being produced at the time hadn't been around for very long.  Generally speaking they were a "one man show"- most if not all being produced in a basement machine shop. That in itself isn't a bad thing, after all the original LAWs were made by one guy (I believe working from his home) and like Barry said the design is not prone to failure.  Still things can fail and to my way of thinking with HMH having been in business for 40 years parts should be easy to come by.  Plus I can drive from my house to the shop in under 2 hours and I talk to the owner John Larrabee at the fly fishing show every year.

  15. 6 hours ago, Moshup said:

    Thanks for the vid DFoster.  Good looking vise but I found the review lacking.

    As did I - not that I'm looking for a new vise but I wish he would have placed a few hooks in the jaws. Close attention to the effort required could tell me if the engineering is actually there or if it's just over priced because it looks like a Law.  I have noticed from watching Davie McPhail and Oliver Edwards videos how easy it appears to clamp the hook with an actual Law.  They don't need to "crank" on knob to firmly hold a hook and usually just roll the knob with their thumb.

    As for the $895 price obviously Renzetti Master, J-Vise, Tiemco II, the Swiss vise and other top of the liners are all in that club.  At that price I start to wonder where the line between the cost being justified by manufacturing, materials, design and "Ooh shiny" is.  Still if you work for your money you can spend it on what you like.

  16. Hi everyone, my daughter runs a part time business creating custom crafts.  For a recent wedding she needed some feathers for boutonnieres which she purchase through an on line commercial craft supplier.  She gave the extra's to me which consisted mostly of pheasant and guinea hen.  However there were two small bags that I couldn't ID.  They were labeled only craft feathers.  If anyone can ID these I would really like to know what bird they're from.



    I'm pretty sure I've seen these hanging in a fly shop somewhere.




    These look like iridescent blue green turkey flank but from the dime you can see how small they are. 


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