Nor-Vise

Krusty

Active Member
#1
At the risk of sounding like a shill, I can't speak highly enough about the system. After 50+ years of tying I made the transition to the Nor-Vise with very little difficulty (despite warnings from websites and local flyshops about having to totally 'relearn' fly tying). It simply does very well, over a life-time of tying, what I very often wished my vises (and bobbins) were able to do.
 
#3
I am not really in the market for a new vise and I do not own a rotary vise, but I have looked at the video and watched Norm tie.
My question is do they sell them? I have not seen them advertised on line. Are they available?
I would like to look at one.
 
#6
Absolutely love mine, I bought it off a poster here and it has been a dream. You can use it in "trad" mode or get all rotary on yourself. It does have a bit of a steep $$ curve but it is bombproof and hella versatile.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#8
I am not really in the market for a new vise and I do not own a rotary vise, but I have looked at the video and watched Norm tie.
My question is do they sell them? I have not seen them advertised on line. Are they available?
I would like to look at one.
I bought mine direct. Norm is over in Kelso....he builds them right there. i hear he' enjoys visitors...or wait until there's a flyfishing convention.

Very good service...really high quality stuff...made right here in the PNW. His instructional vids (some available on line) are excellent. Just a real class act by a real gentleman.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#10
I love my Nor-Vise too. I don't use it to the full rotary capacity, but occasionally I attempt some of the rotary tricks. Dubbing on the Nor Vise is a breeze not to mention how nicely you can lay down a rib or any other body or hackle.

I just bought this vise as my first vise. Figured I do it right for once rather than buy the Mongoose I was looking at and then a year later buy Norm's vise.
 

NCL

Active Member
#11
I second that Norm is a class act and very easy to talk to. The Nor-Vise is exceptional piece of equipment. There is a learning curve but Norm has several video's available which helps with the use of the vise.
 
#12
I have a Nor vise and like it a lot. I have a Regal and like it a lot too. Each one has its strong points and contrasting capabilities. Now there is a rotary Regal to covet. I may have to buy one. I would too. If it wasn't so damned expensive.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#13
I don't know anyone who owns a Nor-Vise that doesn't like them. At one time, I thought about buying one but I have too many vises (in more ways than one) as it is. Some people collect rods. Some people collect reels. Somehow, I ended up collecting vises. If my Dyna-King Barracudas (standard and Jr) didn't do everything I need in a vise, I'd look into a Nor-Vise.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#15
Jeff, nope. The bobbin is a little too large for my use. This year, I replaced my spring arm bobbins to Stonfo Disc drag bobbins. They are not self retracting but the disc drag allows you to adjust the tension of the tying thread. The spring arm bobbins eventually loose their tension and the danged bobbin ends up dropping instead of staying in place. The disc drag takes care of that problem. They include a knob just like a disc drag reel so adjustment is easy. They're made in Italy and are not cheap but I don't imagine I'll need to ever buy another style of bobbin.