Vise Advise

unrooted

Active Member
#16
I tied another 40 flies this week on my $10 vise, size 12-18, so I'm not in desperate need for a new vise. I also broke a section on my 2 week old tenkara rod and bought a shimano collapsible net, so I'll wait till I can get behind a few vises. I just learned about a fly tying group that meets on Wednesday nights in town, I'm hoping I can check out vises there.

Thank you guys for the great advise, i do know that I want a pedestal vise, and I want something both functional and pretty. I've been looking more at the Regal Medallion, and the Barracuda.
 

flybill

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#17
I've had a Regal for years and love it! I started with a AA cheap knock off in an Ebay kit. It worked, but I outgrew it and the tools in the kit very quickly! My nephew now has it along with most of the tools, so they went to a good home...

Had a DanVise for a while, but just never used it much. I would take in on trips with me and thought I would tie on my MT trips, but almost never did. Ended up selling it to another board member.

I do want a full rotary, and it will be a Nor-Vise for me. I've tied on them for a while at All About the Fly and at friends. I already use the Nor-Vise bobbins and love them as well. I've consider getting a Peak or Renzetti, but my Regal does everything I need it too and is easy to use. I love not having to adjust for the size of the hook.
 

weiliwen

Active Member
#18
I second the Dan-Vise for a inexpensive good rotary vise. I split my fly tying between it and the super-cool (but out of your price range) Nor-vise, which is really rotary, in the sense that it spins.
 

flyfishmt

Active Member
#20
I like my Peak rotary! For 149$ it's hard to beat!
I second the Peak vise. I have been tying for over 30 years, and this is my first rotary. I started with the AA, and then 20 plus years with a Regal, which I also recommend However, it's hard for me not to go with a US product.
 

steeli

Active Member
#21
Tied with a Regal rotary for ....geez too long...25+ years.
About eight years ago the the tip of the jaw finally fractured too much and broke.
Company was great, sending me a new vice jaw at wholesale dirt cheap price.
Suggest, don't let a few $$ scare you. A good quality vice will last years and years and...
 
#22
I have been using a Anvil Apex vise for years, and love it!!! They are a great middle of the road Made in the USA vise. They also come with both a base, and table "C" clamp. I'm not sure what they sell for in the US but up here in BC you would expect to pay about $125. - $150. new. My son uses a Regal and likes that. A good friend uses a Dyna-king which is also a nice unit. I really think it's going to come down to budget, and personal preference after that. All the vises in this thread are good. They are all a far cry better than your current $10 kit vise.

Good luck ....
 
#23
What I'm about to say is based upon 51 years of tying experience (I started when I was 9 years old) and teaching tying to several hundred people.

If you're looking for a good serviceable vise that holds swith a vengeance that costs less that $100.00, take a look at the Griffin 2A. It is USA made in Montana, holds hooks with a vengeance, is easy to adjust to different hook sizes, is under $75.00, is well-made, and if you do happen to wear out the jaws, replacements are available and rather cheap. Don't let the low price fool you, the Griffin 2A is a terrific vise. I've recommended it to many folks over the last 25 years and in fact, bought one for each of my now adult sons when they were in grade school and expressed an interest in tying flies.

Rotary vises are great if you plan on tying with the rotary function or tying things like full-dressed, classic Atlantic Salmon flies. Otherwise, you don't need a rotary vise. I tied for many, many years on a Thompson Model A non-rotary vise even using it after purchasing my first rotary vise.

What vise do I use you might ask? Easy, I use a Dyna King Barracuda that I bought the first year they hit the market, which I think was 1994 or 1995. However, I always recommend beginners start with a non-rotary vise because it is easier to use and ones like the Griffin 2A is pretty inexpensive while being a great vise.
I bought a Griffin 2a at a garage sale for $20 as my first vise and it has been great. There are times when I wish I had a rotary, but I can't complain about the Griffin at all.
 

unrooted

Active Member
#24
I decided to go for the Apex vise. I like the idea of the Regal, but it's too hard for me to buy one of those for $150 whenI could get a solid rotary for $125 (thanks Lando for the link!).

It appears as though any vise above $100 is going to last a long, long time, and I like that the Apex is made in the US and looks like it should make it through a nuclear event. . .I tend to get really into something for a few months, then get back into Rock Climbing, right now I'm into fishing, probably cause the river is at the perfect level and temps-which will change in 2 months. Just wish I had a 5 day weekend to fish, bike rock climb and tie flies.
 

Cold

Active Member
#26
Congrats on the addition, hope you enjoy!

I briefly looked at that model before stumbling across my Barracuda Jr. Appears to be a decent vise for the money, though a bit more roughly machined than I'd have liked. They may have addressed this since then, but keep an eye on the edges of the vise, as they were sharp enough to abrade and fray thread on the model I tried.

Also, the moving parts were a bit "sticky", though this may have been simply because it was a brand new vise, and use and/or light lubrication (maybe a drop of oil or some dry graphite) may clear that right up if yours shows the same behavior.

Other than those two fit & finish question marks, it seemed like a great piece of equipment, certainly built like a tank.