which vise to buy?

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  1. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

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    I am getting ready to purchase my first vise and would appreciate any recommendations and suggestions you might have.
     
  2. Big Tuna

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    Renzetti traveler w/ the cam jaws and the pedestal base. I've been tying on mine for 5-6 yrs. and love it.
     
  3. Swandazi

    Swandazi Kevin

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    the dyna kingfisher is a nice vice.
     
  4. Jason Decker

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    i am looking at the Renezetti Traveler............ i will check out a few others too. any used deals that you know of?
     
  5. TallFlyGuy

    TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    From one Realtor to another :ray1: :ray1: Get a Norvise. If you start on one you will be ahead of the game! The advantages far outweight the learning curve.
     
  6. Willie Bodger

    Willie Bodger Still, nothing clever to say...

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    I have the Norvise and a fixed Regal. One disadvantage I have seen for the Norvise is longer flies (long tails/wings) can have some issues with the cam area of the Norvise. Or, perhaps I just got used to the Regal and am having trouble switching over. However, the Norvise is so nice for applying anything wrapped... So, I use the Regal for the long flies (that really don't have a wrapped body anyway) and the Norvise for everything else.

    WB
     
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    Consider a Dan Vise. It's made of composite, not metal (except the jaws), but don't let that fool you. It's only +/- $80, and I would have still bought it for $180.
     
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    Don Stracener New Member

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    I'm going to have to suggest the Nor-Vise. I have four others kinds and don't use them anymore, except for pictures.

    For longer flies I switch jaws and have plenty of room.

    I have a thing for metal vises, a friend has a Dan Vise and composite plastic is not my cup of tea. Plus and minus issues with everything, just take an extra bit of time to get what works for you.
     
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    Hi there,

    I just got a Regal and love it.

    Cheers
     
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    I would second (third?) the Traveler, however I'd suggest AGAINST the cam jaws. I tie professionally, and while the cam jaw is faster it also provides a weaker/more difficult to achieve hold on hooks and seems less durable. Mine fell apart in my hands, and Renzetti basically blew a raspberry at me in response --while yes, the vise was warrantied, I could send them the jaws and wait six-eight weeks for them to determine if the breakage was my fault or not. Since even in the summer (when I'm guiding) I tie six-ten dozen flies per week for the shop, this clearly wasn't an option for me. I replaced the Renzetti with a Griffin Montana Mongoose, which is a bit more expensive but comes with all sorts of extra stuff: C-clamp and pedestal in one package, a bobbin, a carrying case, a hackle gauge, etc. I've been tying with it since June and so far I haven't had any problems.
     
  12. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    I started with the Danvise and if my norvise breaks down I would defiantly go back, it does everything the norvise does but a lot slower.

    Daryle
     
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    LOL, I most deffinately agree Daryle.

    I read that article that was posted by flyfisherman.com or whatever it is. It is an old article. I think every year they just slap the new year on it and run with it. Anyway, because of it, I didnt' buy the Norvise after I saw it the first time. Then I saw it (the Norvise) again at the major show down here in Portland. It was then I realized getting the vise is a no brainer...at least for me.

    Justin
     
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    I am still tying on the Thompson Model A I bought 30 years ago. I think I paid about 20 bucks for it. It's a pretty basic vise, but it still works as well as it did when I bought it. Then again, I don't tie dozens of flies a week.
     
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    According to UPS tracking I'm getting that same vice this Monday and I'm pretty stoked. I hope the cam jaws aren't the problem another poster mentioned. I'll add my 2 cents when I get it.