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What Vise do you use?

What is your primary vise?  

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I use Dyna-King because... they are Sofa-King good. ;)

 

Used a pair of vise-grips for years. Told the guy that taught me how to tie that, if he ever got better at tying flies than me that I would spring for a better vise (than my locking pliers). I gave up waiting. He never got any better so, I just went ahead and bought the Dyna-King.

 

I can (and do) still tie flies on the pliers just, to stay in practice. Want to be able to tie flies wherever I go and EVERYBODY has a pair of vise-grips that I can borrow.

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I've been tying for two years now and have been using Cabela's Master Vice, soon I'll need a rotary.

 

It's a real pain to tie Gotchas and some pike flies.

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There have been some posts recently from newbies asking for advice about vises. So, I thought it would be a good time to get everybody's 2 cents worth and proved some information for them.

 

 

a Dan Vise for me after starting with an imported griffin-clone. The Dan Vise is well made, holds fast, works great, comes with great instructions (thanks Al), and is very affordable.

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I love my Peak vice. I started on a Regal and have used various Renzettis, I like the Peak the best and it's made in America by Americans! I use the optional lamp and love that to.

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Hello Troutbum

 

If you watch my last video, you will laugh from me.

 

For different reasons, after many years I have been delaying to buy a fly tying vise. Since I began to do my own flies and spoonflies, I was using a small Stanley Vise-bench. Given its strong grip, it is very useful when I have to tye big hooks such as 3/0, 4/0 ... but when I want to use something smaller, I have to be creative, especially when I need to rotate the hook to do some fly details.

 

Next November, I will travel to the US, and I want to buy my first vise. As I do in every trip to the US, I will go to Bassproshop. I was reviewing different brands and options they have in their web page, but I am not sure what to buy. I have read every comment posted to each one, but I am confused.

 

What would you recommend me to buy, if I need a vise to tye/use hooks from #8 or #10 to 4/0 or 7/0, and I tye up to four flies every weekend (when my wife/kids leave me some time for my own). Do you think that I can find a good brand between $50 to $80? or I am just dreaming, and my only option is to buy something around $400 or $600. I just want to find something "good pay for value".

 

If you give me your recommendation (brand/web page/tips for selection/etc.) I will be very happy.

 

Thank you for your time, regards, Jose Antonio

 

PS. This is a picture of my "Little Shrimp" (in german "Kleine Garnele"). I posted it in the forum with my fly tying video last week. If you want, you can take a look.

 

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There have been some posts recently from newbies asking for advice about vises. So, I thought it would be a good time to get everybody's 2 cents worth and proved some information for them.

 

I have been through 8 or 9 different vises since I started tying, and until now haven't been really happy with any of them. It's still early in our relationship, but it appears I will be happy with my latest vise but that could change, I am kind of fickled.

 

It's funny how some tyers can be chauvanistic and defensive about thier vises, so in this poll I would like to hear what you like best and least about your vise. And don't tell me you vise is perfect, none of them are.

 

I started with a Thompson "A" and now I'm using an HMH. I've run the gambit through Renzetti, D-K, Thompson and a few others and I have found that in my case, a rotary vise isn't an advantage for me. I prefer a more linear fixed platform to tie from. Also, the design of the rotary arm seemed to always be in the way, tying Clousers on one is awkward.

 

I prefer cam-lock jaws but Dyna-King's jaws are a little too efficient, I've lost count on how many hooks I have crushed in them. The old Renzetti jaws with the cheezy rubber band on them are crap and were the reason I got rid of mine. I'm not using my Cobra anymore because of the jaws and the rotary arm (two strikes) although it is a very good vise for small flies.

 

So far I'm happy with the HMH, although I would prefer the Magnum jaws not have grooves machined into them, it isn't good for japanned salmon fly hooks.

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I tried to read through all of the posts from beginning to end but alas my eyes are not what they used to be. I am sure I have a post about using a Vosselar Vise in there somewhere. I am a bit fickle with rotary vises having not realized I needed one for many years until enough people I knew got one and I felt my life was unfulfilled without one myself. I had the Griffin Odyssey which worked great, looked a little like a refugee from a mechano box but I liked it. I sold it and bout a Vosselar but while it is a good vise the rotary feature is a bit cimbersome and I did not care for the small jaws for #14's on down. I sold that and now, since my fishing partner has one and I like the functionality and because the service I get from Norm is the best in the business ( I mean second to none, not that nobody else is as good) I own a Nor Vise. I built a base for it and will probably pick up the travel kit as well.

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I'm a new member. I've only been tying for about 6 months (give or take) but I've found a vise that works just right for me. I wanted a vise that looked like it would last but not cost an arm and a leg. I chose a Peak Non-rotary vise. It has a great set of jaws on it, it's small and portable, and I found it at an online fly shop(frontrangeangler) for under $90. My Dad bought the rotary version at Bass-Pro for $150, but he has found that he doesn't ever use the rotary option. I would recomend purchasing the rotary version if you are going to tye any saltwater flys. Once you start going to 5/0 hooks, the jaws become questionable. However I only tye size 10 and under, so this vise works perfect for what I tye and fish. If I were to ever upgrade, I would probably go to a HMH.

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TMC Solid Vise:

 

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Rotating jaws, adjustable jaw-axis-angle and a solid jaw grip at an affordable price. Just what I look for in a vise :)

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