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Default Re: Tying vice for beginner

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I'm thinking about taking the leap and investing in a vice to start tying. I know very little about vices and what someone would look for.
Singular - Vise
Plural - Vises

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I would like one with a base so it could be portable and also in the $100 range.
If you really want to do it right, invest in a high quality vise. If you don't, you will be wishing that you did. I'd set aside $175 or more.

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I'm planning to start tying streamer patterns and bass bugs.
For these types of flies, you will need a vise with a powerful set of jaws. There is nothing more annoying having to reset jaws to make sure a hook does not move.

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Someday hoping to get into dries as well.
Cool beans, dude.

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Do you guys have any suggestions on brand or models and or features to look for in a vise? Any info would be awesome.
True story. I was at a local fly shop's after hours tying session. Local Signature fly tyers for Montana Fly Company and Umpqua Feather Merchants, commercial tyers, and schmucks like me attended. Everything from dinky trout flies to monster bass bugs were tied. There was one thing consistent between all of us. We all had Regal vises in front of us.

Regals are popular for two reasons. First is the simplicity. Simply squeeze a lever when inserting a hook. Then release the lever to close the jaws. There are no silly adjustments to make in order to get proper pressure against the hook. Second are the powerful jaws. If one is not careful, one can easily easily bend hooks by pulling down too hard with a bobbin because the hook won't slip. $165 will get you a c-clamp Medallion Series vise. $220 will get you a Medallion Series vise with an aluminum base.

If you are looking to true inline rotary, Dyna King and Renzetti make great vises for that style. If you don't know what rotary tying is, look it up on YouTube. These two brands have easy to adjust jaws that don't need frequent readjusting.

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Thanks!
You are welcome.

Dennis
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