I recently upgraded to the Renzetti Traveler. I can not even begin to tell you how much I love this vise. I had actually stopped tying for a while because I had out grown my first vice and found tying with the old one to be more of a hassle than anything else. I'm not quite sure why your local guy recommended getting the Clouser version instead of the Traveler. The Renzetti site sells just the Traveler arm...but you'd be spending almost as much as the entire vise. Given the option to take it back and get the Traveler...I wouldn't hesitate if you primarily fish for trout.