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Griffin Vices.

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Anybody used one of these?

http://tinyurl.com/2wolc2

I have a cabela's gift card and I'm considering purchasing it.

I'm also looking at this:
http://tinyurl.com/286vew

I think I'd rather get the vice, so if anyone recommends it I will. Also, does it come with a pedestal base? I don't like the clamp on kind.

Posted on: 2007/12/25 21:29


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Jay,
I have that vice..minus the rotary...I like it ok. The wheel you tighten the jaws with slipped a little at first. I secured it and it works great...hold tiny dry hooks and big salt hooks very well.


I have this one and I like it..the one you are looking at is more for the same price as mine...couldn't have fished erie with out it...

either way you can't lose.

Posted on: 2007/12/25 22:27


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I have one of the Griffin Odyssey Spider vises. It's a bit cramped trying to get material onto small hooks. If you are using it as a rotary and have another vise for tying other flies it's ok. Mine came with only a C clamp so I don't know if it comes with a pedestal base.

After using it a while I bought a Regal with midge jaws for most of my tying. (Then later added a Griffen Mongoose for my rotary work.)

So I guess that all adds up to less than an endorsement for the vice. If you are on a tight budget and have another vise for tying small flies where you don't need a rotary function it's ok. But there are much better vices for both rotary work and small flies.

Posted on: 2007/12/26 8:48


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I have an old Griffin (17yrs?) I traded a renzetti for it. It isn't true rotary but does rotate. I am a heavy handed tyer and it suits my style well.

I don't see it on the K-bela site....here it is....I have the pedistal, Its a rock!

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Maurice

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jayL,

Can't give much info on the vice, but I'm pretty sure you have one, so I would recommend a wading jacket. As tomgamber said, I have no idea how I fished the winter months(especially Erie) without one! I got mine a little big so that I can wear a fleece shirt under mine for those brutal days on the water.
Now that I think about this a little more. I just recently made an upgrade in my vice, went from the package cheapie to a Renzentti, and what a difference! So I guess one would have to ask, Do you tie more or fish more in the colder months?

JH

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Maurice wrote:
I have an old Griffin (17yrs?) I traded a renzetti for it. It isn't true rotary but does rotate. I am a heavy handed tyer and it suits my style well.

I don't see it on the K-bela site....here it is....I have the pedistal, Its a rock!

Click to see original Image in a new window

Maurice


I just bought one of those for my travel fly tying kit. It's a Griffin Superior 3ARP. Fast replacing my Regal for daily tying. Bought mine from J Stockard.

I should also mention that I have the predecessor to that jacket. Have had it about three years and it's great. I got mine a size larger so I could layer underneither and use it on even the coldest february days. It has also seen duty on my boat during some real rough days during spring fishing.

Posted on: 2007/12/26 12:22


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Hm. As someone who is usually picky about spelling, I feel like an idiot. Ebay isn't turning up too much because I'm spelling it with a C and not an S.

I think I'm going to get the jacket and troll ebay for a viSe deal for a while before making a decision.

Posted on: 2007/12/26 13:01


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jayL wrote:
Hm. As someone who is usually picky about spelling, I feel like an idiot. Ebay isn't turning up too much because I'm spelling it with a C and not an S.

I think I'm going to get the jacket and troll ebay for a viSe deal for a while before making a decision.


You might notice I used both spellings in my original reply. I'm sure you will enjoy the jacket. BTW what vise are you currently using?

Posted on: 2007/12/26 13:05


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jayL,

Look at this way " It's a vise for a vice!!"

vise also vice (vīs) Pronunciation Key
n. A clamping device, usually consisting of two jaws closed or opened by a screw or lever, used in carpentry or metalworking to hold a piece in position.

or

vice
Pronunciation: 'vIs
Function: noun
: an abnormal behavior pattern in a domestic animal detrimental to its health or usefulness

JH

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Hm. Guess it's probably the british or canadian spelling that I was using.

I'm currently using an old ten dollar double A. I think it's time for an upgrade. I'm looking at the danvise as well. I have no problem keeping the old one handy for travel.

I was kinda antsy to get a new vise before the long, cold winter... but I may be better off waiting until spring when I'll be moving to a (hopefully) larger pad, where I can have a dedicated tying station.

I don't fish that much in the winter, but I blame that on a lack of nearby trout streams and a lack of good outerwear. The latter will be fixed by the jacket.

Posted on: 2007/12/26 13:22


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I have the oddessy cam and love it. A big complaint that a lot of people have about griffins is how cramped they are, but I have never had a problem or lack of space. Then again, I have skeletor fingers.

I have that jacket, but mine is Gander Mt., but practically the same. I like it, although I only use it a few time a year.

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I've used the mongoose for 3 yrs and love it. It came with a c-clamp and pedastal. I love the pedastal so much that I've never used the c-clamp. Its rock solid! Another big selling point for me was the carrying case. I need to be very mobile with my tying equip.

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I tie with a Mongoose and really like it, though it is a bit cramped. Still, it is rock solid and the rotary feature is a serious turn on , especially for larger flies. It's an incredibly smooth piece of machinary.
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/12/29 12:02


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Jay with the new hours I think you need to upgrade to Renzetti Traveler I think that its the best bang for the buck under 200 dollars

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Fred,

That's the plan, now that I know I'll be able to afford it.

Posted on: 2007/12/30 19:04



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