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Re: What vise do you use?

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Afish,
lol...nice of you to remember my putzing around. Yes, I am really comfortable with it now. Can't imagine tying without it. It's not so much that it's faster, though it is; it's the precision that works so well. Everything is just cleaner. I tie to enjoy and catch fish rather than for the art of it, but since I've been on the Mongoose, there's a crispness to my flies that I hadn't gotten close to before.
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/8/3 20:12


Re: What vise do you use?
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Gads! I'm darn glad I re-read the feed topic, on this forum!! I'd have SWORN, you'd asked "What Vices do you guys have?" Scared me to death...............didn't know if I'd have room to list them all!?! Started out with "whiskey, gambling and women", then while re-reading, figured out you meant "FLY TYING VISES"!?!
Anyway, I've been tying for somewhere around 30 years and have gone through a few dozen models of vises, in that time. I've used a Regal, and to me........... still the best built vise for the buck on the market............ for about 15 of those years and still use it for larger flies, like bucks and streamers. But, your choice of vise, really caught my eye, because I've been using an Anvil Apex now for small work, (16 to 26's), for three years and after a little "self modification", I love it!
The self modifications, I refer to is my adapting the Anvil to a setup of Dyna King swivel arms and brackets..making the vise do just about anything I want and need for it to do!
It's a great little vise, for the money and hard to beat for its light weight and packability.

Posted on: 2007/8/5 4:23


Re: What vise do you use?

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I have been using the Apex Anvil for about 4 yrs ,I also have a Rensetti Traveler but like the Apex better

Posted on: 2007/8/6 20:15


Re: What vise do you use?

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My bride bought me a Griffin Mongoose Christmas before last after conspiring with a good friend as to what sort of vise I might like. It replaced a $50 1970's vintage Orvis cam vise that I held together with pins from a Thompson A.

The Mongoose is a wonderful vise, but I don't use the rotary feature and probably never will. I'm simply too set in my ways and don't believe it makes that much of a difference anyway.

I do use the little springy materials clip that came with it though. It works a little better than the 2 ballpoint pen springs I had connected and was using for this purpose before...

Posted on: 2007/8/7 20:42


Re: What vise do you use?

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Rleep,
Certainly won't argue with a man set in his ways, as I have my own but you might be favorably impressed by the precision you can get using the rotary feature, especially on flies with spiral wraps.
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/8/8 12:02


Re: What vise do you use?

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>>but you might be favorably impressed by the precision you can get using the rotary feature, especially on flies with spiral wraps.>>

Well, truth be told, I never read any of the instructions until a week ago Tuesday when I wanted to tie some smallmouth flies and had to see how to adjust it to hold bigger hooks. And this despite having the vise since Christmas of 05.

And in any event, if you ask Troutbert, he'll tell you that all I tie is #10 deerhair ants and size 14 humpies anyway...:)

So, the rotary thing never really came up before.

But I'm sure you're right and will have a go at it....:)

Posted on: 2007/8/8 16:39


Re: What vise do you use?

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```Rleep,
I seldom use the rotary feature on my smalller flies, though it does do a nice job of hackling. But either way, the Mongoose is a nice vise.
Coughlin

Posted on: 2007/8/9 13:40


Re: What vise do you use?

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Renzetti Traveler. Got such a great deal I bought two so I can keep one in my take-along tying kit. I used the old reliable Thompson model "A" for years and just switched last year. I also find that the more I tie, the more I use the rotary feature.

Posted on: 2007/9/17 6:45


Re: What vise do you use?

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Thats funny the more I tie for the store the more i use non-rotary,,most commercial tyers who use more than 1 vise use a standard type...I watched a guy in maine using 6 for one fly...

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Re: What vise do you use?

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I bought a Thompson 360 degree rotary vice when I strted tying 25 years ago, and it served me well for 15 years.
10 years ago, at the local fly show, I bought a regal knockoff for $50. It's imported, and the steel jaws aren't the best quality - I have to file the jaws every year or so. But it's so much nicer to use - just placing the fly in the jaws without fiddling around and adjusting the clamp. I don't think I could ever go back to any other kind of vice now, and I plan on splurging on a regal soon

Posted on: 2007/9/18 17:52


Re: What vise do you use?

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I put 2700 dozen through my Regal during the last 28 months and she's still good as new. My Danvise seen probably 4000 dozen and held up until I bought my Regal. Before the Danvise, my Thompson needed jaw work every 5-6 months.

Posted on: 2007/9/25 17:59
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