Regal Vise Projectiles

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  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Anyone else experience hooks being launched across the room from your regal vise? I've tied with the vise for about 10 years now and really like it, but occasionally I'll clamp a hook and before I start wrapping thread, hear a snap and then some faint noise somewhere in the room. Usually it's when I'm trying to leave as much of the bend exposed to get clear access on small size and small gap hooks. I probably should find another with micro jaws, but I'm lazy and cheap. The jaws are sound, no slop or wobble... curious if others have this problem.

    Some of the escapee's are found with the wife's metal detector, others by the vacuum and some are simply gone for all time. :)
     
  2. jaybo41

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    I have a Traveler vise but I replaced the stock jaws with the stainless steel offering. I wanted something that would work better with smaller flies. I don't tie on this as often as my Peak, but haven't yet had that issue. I bought it to be used as, you guessed it a travel vise. Not sure if I'm just getting lucky in hook placement, if the jaws corrected it or what. Apparently, it's a widely known issue. Regal has a page on their website devoted to hook placement.

    http://www.regalvise.com/hook_placement.html

    On a positive note, at least none of them are finding your feet.
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I never had my Regal launch a hook and I have/had the regular jaws. Mostly I use my Renzetti Traveller now.
     
  4. Jack Devlin

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    Freestoneangler,
    This can happen with the Regal. It can happen when the hook is not placed properly in the vise. Note there is a small groove cut on the inside on one of the jaws (depends on model you have). This is what can cause the snap and occasionally a launch. If you will look on the instructions provided by Regal, the suggest wearing safety glasses.:)
    Jack
     
  5. cebe

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    Not a Regal but a similar type of vises, used to shoot those hooks if I wasn't real careful. Made you want to wear safety goggles. I use a Renzetti Traveler now.
     
  6. Norm Frechette

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  8. jaybo41

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    Yes, I was speaking of the Regal Travel Vise. I wanted a set of jaws that could handle the smaller hook sizes. The standard jaws are rated down to 22, but I found the head to be a little more bulky than I liked. The SS jaws also have a better range of hook sizes than the Midge, SS is rated 32-2 whereas the Midge Jaws are rated 32-6
     
  9. Dave Alberts

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    Send it back to Regal for rebuild... their service is exceptiona!
     
  10. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    The Defense Department is looking into using Regal vises as weapons :)

    Yup, it happens. Many of my fly tying buddies use Regal vises and when we held our weekly fly tying sessions, every now and then, a partial hook became a beer seeking missile. I got so I'd duck each time I'd see one of the guys clamp a hook into his Regal.
     
  11. Bugsy

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    The reasons you state plus the lower risk of accidental chipping seem to be the impetus for more tyers favoring the SS Regal jaws. I don't reading a single compalint about the Regal SS jaws on the interwebs. Must be a winner for Regal users.

    It was a bit OT, but my question was actually directed at Norm.
     
  12. Jack Devlin

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    Keep in mind that there is a great deal of pressure exerted by the jaws in that type of vise. It doesn't feel like it because we are using leverage to spread the jaws. If the hook is not in right it could be a problem. I have used Regals for many years and like them very much. I recently purchased the stainless steel model but haven't tried it yet.
    Duck and cover!
    Jack
     
  13. vinestbrew

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    I love my Regal even though it tries to throw hooks at me on rare occasions
     
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    I've never had mine spit a hook if properly fitted in the hook pocket. I would get midge jaws for anything smaller than a 16.
     
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    all the time especial on size 20 or smaller
     

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