Brand new Nor Vise

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by bulletsnhooks, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. bulletsnhooks Pat Coleman

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    After a couple of years of of wanting one, the wife and I purchased a Nor Vise system today. It looks like there will be a learning curve since this our first rotary vice, but it seems pretty sweet so far.:D
  2. Chef New Member

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    make sure to watch all of his videos. They are great and the vise is freaking awesome.
  3. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    Great news. I took a great class from Randy Diefert on Rotary Tying here on Whidbey. Randy is on this board and has classes coming up. Long way from Randle, but just in case you're interested.

    Enjoy.
  4. Loteck Joe Over The Hill Gang Member

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  5. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    I watched Norm tie last week in Portland - amazing vise but yeah, I can see a learning curve. But he could sure spin some hackle...
  6. bulletsnhooks Pat Coleman

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    Over the last few months I've watched all the videos on youtube, and the vise came with a DVD with all of them on it they are very helpful. Also, I'll give Mike at Lost Creek Flies big props for showing us a lot of tricks and tips. After tying a few flies the hardest thing to get used to is the automatic bobbin, other than that, it's awesome.
  7. Mark Walker Active Member

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    I'll be hangin' with Norm in Pasadena, Ca. in a few!
    Always great to see him.:thumb:
  8. Chef New Member

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    threading the bobbin is a bitch and gotta remember that it retracts which can be hard to remember when cutting the thred off the hook.
  9. TheHunt Member

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    I just picked up one as well. I just mounted on a nice white maple board. Now time to pick up some tying material and give it a try.
  10. Mark Walker Active Member

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  11. Chef New Member

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    one of the fly shops gives a class using the nor vice. Cant remember which one but I just might have to take the class. Always want to get better tying and using the nor vice.
  12. bulletsnhooks Pat Coleman

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    We spent most of the day tying on it and seemed to have worked most of the bugs worked out. My wife has picked it up better than me and seems to not make the same mistakes that I do. It makes dubbing a body super simple just like on the video. (something that I have always had a problem with for some reason) I just need to remember to lock the vise when I'm not spinning something on and don't clip the thread until you have a hold of it. One thing that I have found is that it is much easier loading the bobbin with a drill rather than using the vise itself.
  13. Chef New Member

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    yes... drill is nice. Now I gotta get a bobbin threader because sucking the thread up is hard with such a small tube.
  14. fishingcheftim Member

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    chef and others look for floss threaders (free from the dentist) cheap at the store. are the best. no reason to pay more. I think the Nor vise looks like a great vise to play with.
  15. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    I love my Nor Vise for the tying bench. I love my Nor Vise in my travel kit. Norm's service is amazing. I've watched his videos but have never had the chance to watch him tie live and chat with him. I won't pass on a chance though. If he is at a show near me, I'm going to drop in.
  16. Chef New Member

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    thanks chef tim
  17. Rick Todd Active Member

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    My only problem with the Norvise is a lack of spools. It is easy to load up the four I got with the vise, but when I need a new thread, what do you do with the thread on the spool-move it back to the spool? Also-anyone have an easy way to label what thread you have on the spool. I know I just need to buy some more spools.
  18. Mark Walker Active Member

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  19. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Rick, like Mark says, spend some of your $$ on a box of 10 or two boxes of 10 spools and put thread on each of them. One spool for each of your threads, double or triple up on those that you use a lot more of or more often. Use a pencil and label the inside of the spool arbor, the retracting hub will not alter your pencil label but you will be able to erase, wipe or remove it when you swap thread later.

    How many boats do you have? Why not spring for another bobbin and triplet of spools and one box of spool...then you will have a lot more.
  20. Rick Todd Active Member

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    You guys are right-I will order those today! I may have a lot of conventional bobbins to get rid of! Rick