Anyone using a Thompson Cobra vise?

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  1. Surf_Candy

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    Love the design, but wondering if it works as well as it looks?

    Jim W
     
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    Wanted to bump this up and see if anyone had used this vise yet. I'm ready to make the upgrade to a rotary. Still using my old HMH.

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    I got zero response, but did find a review of it from a professional flytier and he had some issues with it - one issue was that is was unstable and would tip forward as I recall....I ended up with a Renzetti Cam Traveler and like it very much.

    Surf
     
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    Surf- I think I read the same review. Was hoping for a second opinion. The Traveler was actually what I was looking for when I saw the Thompson. I think I'll stick with the Renzetti.

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    I am familiar with the vice as I used to work in a fly shop that carried it. I would NOT recommend the vice. It simply doesn't hold hooks very well. You'll be much happier with a Renzetti or something else.
     
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    Zug - one of the posters on the site had a renzetti and all his tool up for sale...can't recall which post, but do a search for renzetti - from the last week....think it was $150.

    good luck. I love my renzetti.

    Surf.
     
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    Thanks- I was down at Swede's in Woodinville the other day and they had the Cobra. It didn't hold the display fly very well (about a size 2 saltwater) and seemed a little tippy to me. Renzetti it is.

    Thanks again, ZB
     
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    I have to agree with the Renzetti. I bought the traveler series with the C-clamp and it is awsome. I have already tied size 24 midges and size 2-0 steelhead streamers and the hooks do not move. Smooth action too. You won't be disappointed.
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    I read in Fly Rod & Reel that Thompson has gone out of business.
     
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    Definitely out of business, but there sight may still be up (for what reason, I don't know). I too bought a traveller, what a dream! My Thompson "A" broke the collet, with only a cob job to save it (ended up being a Christmas present)
     

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