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Old 06-21-2010, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm in the market for a new vice. I have a crappy clamp on from Basspro that drops and spits hooks out all of the time. Many vises in my price range ($75-$150) are rotary, but I've never tried one.

Are there any shops in Denver that let customers tie up some flies on different vises, sort of a test drive? Charlies has the table, but is that for demos only? I do want to be able to turn the fly over and get the bottom of it, but I'm not sure if the whole rotary thing is better for dubbing and hackle than a fixed jaw. Thoughts ya'll? Thanks!

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Old 06-21-2010, 07:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Rotary for sure, makes things so much simpler. Better flies too...
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The rotary comes in handy for so many flies that it's well worth it. One small example is the ease at which pheasant tail fibers are wrapped onto a p.t. nymph with out all the twisting and breakage...just my .02...
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Shop around for sure. In your price range is the Peak Vise, made locally and it's a good quality. I've got one without any of the accessories. The only thing I would want is the riser to raise the vise off the base. The base on that thing is also heavy which is good.
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Renzetti Traveler 2000 ---- or save a bit more cash and get a 720 which is way beyond any other vice on the market
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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haha, that's funny, Kimo. Charlie has let me test drive vises, run me through now to tie flies, and just generally provides great customer service.

As for the vise question, I'm new to tying (haven't had much time at all), but I started with the crappy bass pro vise you're talking about and moved to a peak rotory vise. The difference is night and day. About the only thing I don't like about the rotory is that when you turn the fly over so you're looking at the bottom, the hook shank is still flat. The non-rotory is nice because when you turn it over, the hook shank is turned up some, so applying glue and not getting it into the eye of the hook is easier. (hey, I said I was new at this ) The advantages of the rotory far outweigh this one tiny disadvantage I've found though.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So, Rob, any more wisdom on what you're gonna try for a vise now? Inquiring minds want to know!

Remember - rotate, rotate, rotate, and don't use the bobbin holder like it's *necessary* - it's a *convenience*!
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Upon much thought and hours of research generally reserved for scholars in academia, I've decided to go with a rotary vice. The thinking goes if I want to keep the damn fly in one position, I can do that whenever I want. And, If the rotary thing for spinning hackle and such pans out, I've got that option too.

Watching the videos of Norm Norlander (is that his real name?!) of Nor-Vise fame persuaded me to go with a rotary. Yeah, his vise isn't your typical rotary and I couldn't do 90% of what he does at that speed, but it makes rotary seems...cool, I guess.

Here is what I bought, it's in the mail. Found some good reviews of it. And for the money, I won't be locked into if for 10 years if I hate rotary;

http://cgi.ebay.com/MAYFLY-TRUE-ROTA...item2c557b51d2

If that doesn't work, go to ebay and search "Mayfly Rotary Vise".

Review of said product to follow in a few days.

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Nice looking, Rob. Let us know how you like it.

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