Looking to upgrade my vise and tools

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
I'm looking to buy a better vise and higher quality tools. Specifically bobbins and scissors. I currently gave a griffin spider I got on sale for 40$. It works okay I just would like a little more smooth performance. Do you guys have any recommendations? I'm looking to spend around 200$. Also what brand of scissors and tools do you find to be high quality. It's been hit and miss for me I got some bobbins on eBay and it broke my thread every time! I like the doctor slick stuff though. Anything a little better out there? Thanks.

"Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know that he cannot eat money."


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vise - love my Renzetti Traveler
scissors - cheapie thread nips and Dr. Slick
bobbins - S&M (short tube)



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I bought a Peak vise, because after 30 years of tying, I decided to give a rotary a try. I went with Peak based on good reviews and because it was made in the USA. I still use my 20 year old Regal from time to time and it has been "bullet proof." I just bought two new Dr. Slick scissors and they are awesome. I kick myself for being such a tight ass and not replacing the old scissors sooner.

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
Yes C&F is crazy expensive. I was looking at the griffin mongoose. Looked nice and in my price range as well. I may budge for a C&F tool or two just to test whether or not it's worth the money. Their fly boxes aren't in my opinion.

"Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know that he cannot eat money."
I have a Regal Medallion Vise with the bronze stand and traditional head, couldnt ask for a better unit. I see them going on fleabay between $100-$200.

I'm also curious as to scissors and bobbins. Looks like I'll have to try the Anvil scissors and dr.slick bobbins.

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
As thinking of getting a Peak rotary, myself, if I do get one. Preston wrote a great review on the Peak rotary a few years ago. I like that its made in USA. I need to tie up a bunch of flies on my old basic Griffin first, though, to see if I really need to get a new rotary.
Anvil scissors are the sharpest scissors I've ever used. Very light, too. Handles are a bit of an issue to some, maybe??? Made in USA. Don Vogel is a great guy.
Dr. Slick scissors are real slick, albeit quite heavy, and, due to their rounded "ovalish" shape, they can be difficult to pick up from a smooth surface like a desk. I don't think they stay sharp for long as they are not that sharp to begin with. Nice guys at Dr. Slick. Scissors made in Pakistan.
Vises: so many great choices available. Hard to say. Visit the shops and try em out.
Bobbins: Norvise bobbin is great if you don't mind buying spools and rewinding threads.
Ekich bobbin: A great auto-bobbin but pretty much works only with UNI spools.
Rite: Sweet.
Many others. Many nice ones.
I always find myself going back to my thirty + year old Renzettis.

Just my opinions.
For whatever its worth.
I'm a big fan of the Stonfo bobbins. I like, and use the Rite as well, but all my new bobbins will be Stonfo. Mostly because the damn things just fit my hand perfectly

Hard to go wrong with a Traveler in that price range
Started with a Regal, like everyone says it's bullet proof. Chipped the jaws sent it back replaced no questions asked. Still have it. Decided to go true rotary. Bought a Mongoose Vice, didn't like it. The shaft length was tough to get my hands in close. Sold it and bought a Dynaking Barracuda Jr. Awesome vice.

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
As much as I'd like to get a dyna they are a bit out of my price range. I'll look into those bobbins though.

"Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know that he cannot eat money."