Re: Does it matter?
since you are in montana there must be some fly shops around. got to them and sit down with the demo vises and try them out.
try out the stationary ones ($), the roatary ones ($$-$$$) and the true rotary vises ($$-$$$)
remember that a vise is only there to hold the hook while you the tyer gets creative with fur, feathers and thread. it wont tie flies for you!
do you need a rotary or true rotary vise to start tying flies? absolutely NOT!
there are still a lot of pro tyers tying on stationary vises.
if your enthusiasm for fly tying continues then you might want to consider upgrading to a better and more expensive vise. you may find that tying flies just doesnt appeal to you
just an opinion, yours will be different
Poor quality materials are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.
YOUR way is not the ONLY way when tying flies!
Fly tyers can be masters of making things complicated!
You're only limited by lack of imagination. Be creative, experiment.