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2012/2/12 13:45
From Stewartstown PA
Posts: 20
I have been tying for quite a while with a fairly cheap vise and it is time for a new one. What would be a good vise to purchase? I am usually tying in the #22 to #10 hook sizes.Willing to spend up to about $250 to $300.Any suggestions?

Posted on: 2012/4/11 22:12

Re: new vise

2007/10/1 17:45
From West Newton
Posts: 38
Over the years I've used vises from Renzetti, Dyna-King, and HMH. Currently I'm using a Regal with the stainless steel jaws and love it. I tie mostly between #14 and #26 with the occasional #8 or #6 streamer thrown in and have never had a hook slip even the slightest amount. This vise sees easily over a thousand flies a year and it has performed flawlessly for me. The stainless jaws are much more resistant to chipping than the standard Regal jaws and they allow much greater hook access, even more so than the midge jaws that Regal offers. One of the biggest advantages to the Regal is that you don't need to make any adjustments when switching between hook sizes. You can go from size #1/0 Salmon flies to #10 Woolly Buggers to #24 Zebra Midges with NO adjustments. Although the Regal is not "true-rotary" it still allows the jaws to be rotated 360 to view the fly from other sides.

That being said, just because I love this vise, you may not. I would strongly recommend going to a shop, or better yet, a few shops, and trying out as many different vises from as many different manufacturers as you can. Any quality shop will be more than happy to let you try out the vises and when you finally find "the one", believe me, you'll know it. Honestly you can't really go wrong with any of the manufacturers listed above. They all put out some really great products and equally, they all have their own unique drawbacks and limitations. It's just a matter of of finding the one that best suits YOU and YOUR own tying style and needs.

Posted on: 2012/4/11 23:24

Re: new vise

2009/3/31 23:30
Posts: 152
For the last 11 years I have been using a Dyna king kingfisher vise and I love it! The jaws are showing wear so I will replace them and continue to use it. This passed January I was preparing for a trip to Disney and a day out to the gulf. I was tying all kind of salt patterns from crimp to clousers to schminnows. I tied about 5 dozen flies for my trip and all were weedless. That being said the dyna king does have the ability to rotate 360, just not on a level plane. I decided that it was time for an upgrade. I looked into the HMH vise because it was similar to my kingfisher. I hated that vise for several reasons. I also looked at the Renzetti vises. I am not a full rotary guy either. I settled for the Regal medallion with the standard jaw. I love the thing! At times it is cumbersome but it has the ability to remove the material spring to allow for better hand placement. It has the 360 rotation on the level plane as well as any angle you choose. The holding power is out of this world! I can place a 26 in and pick the vise up by the hook and bounce it,spin it and shake it without the hook moving a hair. I love this vise!

I went to the Somerset show and played with every vise that was at the show. I ended up with a Regal. I didn't have a budget and still the regal was my preferred vise. The only thing i would change would be the SS jaws. I like the standard but the SS have a smaller profile that i like.

I think every vise has its pros and cons so just get one that is comfy for you. Sit down tie a fly and make sure you like the vise before you dump 3 bills. All of us look for something different in a vise so all our opinions should be taken lightly. Goodluck.

Posted on: 2012/4/12 0:08

Re: new vise

2011/9/26 0:56
From around boiling springs
Posts: 181
i have a works for the majority of stuff and i like the interchangable jaws that are affordable but on the small flies it gets kinda cramped so id say no go on a peak

Posted on: 2012/4/12 0:57

Re: new vise

2012/3/14 6:23
From Lancaster
Posts: 1366
+1 on the Regal vise. I have been tying with one for a few years and really love it. The hook holding ability of a Regal IMO is second to none. They make many different styles and jaw options. Go to a local fly shop that caries the Regal line and check them out. They are a bit pricey but they are truly a quality product that should serve you well for many years.

Posted on: 2012/4/12 5:55

Re: new vise

2011/4/4 10:21
From Portage, PA
Posts: 73
I like the Renzetti traveler. I got it last year and it handles anything I want to tie. It has a great grip and I love the rotary action. You can purchase the midge jaws to go along with it also for smaller flies but not necessary.

Posted on: 2012/4/12 7:29

Re: new vise

2010/11/24 13:19
From Perkasie PA
Posts: 954
+1 on Traveler

Posted on: 2012/4/12 9:16

Re: new vise

2011/6/12 20:15
From Newville, PA
Posts: 448
+2 for the Traveler.

Posted on: 2012/4/12 12:02
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Re: new vise
2006/9/11 8:26
From Chester County
Posts: 9745
+3 for the Traveler

Posted on: 2012/4/13 6:48

Re: new vise

2006/9/11 13:33
From Lehigh Valley
Posts: 3415
+4 for the Traveler.

FWIW, I've owned every vise listed in this thread except the Peak vise. Hands down, the Traveler is my favorite. I've tied over 30,000 flies with it, and the jaws show zero sign of wear.

Posted on: 2012/4/13 7:12
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Re: new vise

2010/4/22 11:22
Posts: 194
Lookin at dyna-king barracuda. I have had
regal, and peak. I started tying 5/0 to 7/0 flies. The peak works but but had issues.
Anyone use dyna-king on saltwater stuff??

Posted on: 2012/4/13 10:41

Re: new vise

2009/4/21 16:39
Posts: 762
Regal. I just got one from the fly fishing show. After seeing that most of the big tying guy had them. I have the normal vice. I get down to a 24 but go as big as size 1. Mine ran about 150 so you could step it up tO the stainless or micro. What ever you go with you can't go wrong.

Posted on: 2012/4/13 12:33

Re: new vise

2010/9/1 13:55
From State College PA
Posts: 538
+5 traveler

but you can't go wrong with the Regal either

Posted on: 2012/4/13 14:23

Re: new vise

2006/10/18 20:22
From NC PA Mountains
Posts: 1151
Get a Renzetti.

Posted on: 2012/4/13 15:51
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Re: new vise

2009/12/17 20:43
From Souderton PA
Posts: 948
Get a NorVise or you wont catch fish. Just kidding.
In my opinion, once you get into the price range you are looking at, they are all quality tools. The differences that make people loyal to one or another are really about individual tying preferences. Looking over the great advice you have gotten so far, it looks like the Traveler might be catering to individual tying preferences that are very common. But you don't know if you share those preferences. So the advice to tie before you buy is really the best advice that you can get.

Posted on: 2012/4/13 16:22

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