Which vise to buy? Choices, choices, choices.

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by fredaevans, May 11, 2006.

  1. Mike Etgen

    Mike Etgen Not Quite A Luddite, But Can See One From Here

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    iagree

    I'll cast my lot with the DanVise also. It was my first vise when I started tying about three years ago. Having spent a few hours at a clinic and coming away convinced this was something I wanted to do, I felt it made sense to invest in a rotary right off and yet didn't feel as a beginner that I needed to spend over $100.00. Even at full retail (purchased from the shop that provided the clinics for several weeks at no charge) the DanVise answered my needs then and I have never had any cause to upgrade. I think it represents a geat choice for the "serious beginner" and it will quite likely meet one's tying expectations for a long, long time.
     
  2. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    Interesting you should bring up the Dan Vise. The folks over in the UK think very highly of this bit 'o kit. Had to laugh (to my self) this morning; talking to the wife-type up in Portland (she's visiting her Dad). My birthday/wedding anniversery is coming up at months end (her birthday is mid June) and told her not to get me anything as I just picked up my new Gary Anderson 13-9 seven weight spey rod (A THING OF BEAUTY!!! and a true joy to cast:thumb: ).

    She then proceeds to tell me that "Oh, don't get me anything too." "Ok, what did you get?" "I bought the I-Pod I wanted (there went my anniversery gift:beathead: ) and I'm looking at a new Sony Dig. camera for my trip to Scandanavia."(sp?) "Which one?" Google same as I was sitting in front of my PC when she called.

    Girls got good taste. Looks like a hell of a bit of kit!

    Sooo ... that new vise I was thinking about (as on back burner) just got the heat turned up under it.;)
     
  3. TallFlyGuy

    TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    My vote goes to the Norvise as well. I love mine, especially for the tube flies. Nothing I've seen can come close for tube flies. Seems like I am seeing more and more tyers switching to this vise all the time. I am also seeing more pictures of them in the magazines from people using them and tying on them than before.

    Hats off to Norm and his invention.


    Tall
     
  4. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    Did a bit of E-baying on the Dan Vise; found a seller who had two new ones listed. Appears this fellow runs a limited 'fly shop' out of his house via e bay. Sent him a e mail stating I had a couple of question on the vise and could I have a phone number?

    Buzzed him this morning and had a nice chat; said I'd buy the vise and an extention arm. 'Have to go through e bay to keep them happy.' No problem on my end. Pull up the auction and see the top bid is twenty five cents less than the 'buy it now' price. Some "other buyer" is going to be really ticked :mad: when he sees he missed out for a quarter.:thumb:
     
  5. King Wind Knot

    King Wind Knot Rebel, Truth Seeker

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    For you folks tying w/ a nor vise, how much of a learning curve are we talking about? Is this a week and you can tie alright or like a month? Also, how much does it suck to have to re-spool your bobbins. After 3 or 4 years of tying, I'm just now getting set up with lots of good tools, etc and feeling like I know what I'm doing. How much of my skill and my tools are down the drain if I were to switch over? Also, I assume the vise itself is just the start of the investment, am I right?
     
  6. Don Stracener

    Don Stracener New Member

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    I'm sure this would be different for everyone. For me it took maybe two weeks. (must be slow). It was worth it cause last night I knocked off 13 streamers in just over an hour. (maybe that's slow?)

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    This has been no big deal. Once it's spooled up it lasts a long time. The bobbin works great, I wouldn't tie without it unless I had no choice.

    You don't lose anything you used to do, you just learn newer ways to do things. The vise ships with a good DVD to show you how to use the vise. All your tools still work fine. Use the standard bobbins for spooling floss or super fine klickhammer thread.

    I have the vise, the light (thats a great option), the fine point jaw and the tube jaw. Using the fine point I tighten the tension and use it like a standard rotary. The tube vise is great! I did make two extensions for tying tubes with the jointed plastic on. Once that was done I found there wasn't much else I needed for tying anything. I must admit I don't tie flies on hooks bigger than 4/0 so I have no need for the large jaw.

    Hope all that helps.
     
  7. Happy Gilmore

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    Fred et. al., FWIW, for my Dan Vise purchase and then my father's a couple years later we both bought from:

    "Julie & Brian Johnston" <bjj@pwless.net>
    Julie & Brian Johnston
    J & J Flies
    1111 Station Road
    Stacyville, Maine 04777
    www.mainetroutflies.com

    They do sell on ebay but will close off ebay and were friendly in shipping appropriately to us here in Canada.

    I'm curious on the extension arm, I haven't found need of it tying up to 1/0 but some things you learn to like once you have them.....hmmmm, let me know how you like it Fred!
     
  8. weiliwen

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    I own a Dan Vise and a Nor Vise. I love both of them. The learning curve on the Nor-Vise is short, and involves (chime in if you feel differently, fellow Nor-Vise owners) the tail - most anvils hold the hook at an angle, but since the Nor-Vise is a true rotary, the anvil is horizontal, and it takes a bit more dexterity to put on tails, at least for small flies. Frankly, that is MORE than made up by the advantages.
     
  9. Steve Rohrbach

    Steve Rohrbach Puget Sound Fly Fisher

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    For small flies, go to the Nor Vise web site and look at the fine point jaws conversion. It still retains the rotary function but the rear of the fly is free to tie tails. I find that I am using that jaw more than the horizontal, even on larger flies.
     
  10. weiliwen

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    Yeah, I saw that, but the jaws cost more than I spent on my Dan-Vise! Those little jaws work well, as I saw at the Bellevue show this Feb.
     
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    I tied comercialy for 17 years on my Regal vise and have now logged another 10 on top of that.I have probably tied close to 1 million flies by now.I have never seen a finer or simpler vise made and have tried many over the years.Hands down,my vote goes to the Regal.If your on a budget the Regal inex is just as good,just not moveable.
    SC