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Old 12-18-2011, 10:29 PM
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Default First Vise

I'm considering the purchase of my first vise. I have decided it will be one of the below items. Please provide any feedback if you have used one of these or if you think a rotary is actually worth the additional $50 - $80 more for a beginner.

1 - Griffin Montana Pro
Griffin Fly Tying Vises

2 - Peak non-Rotary Vise
PEAK Fly Tying Vises

3 - Renzetti Apprentice
Apprentise Vise

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I don't have any of those vises, but thought I'd comment on the rotary question. You don't need one. But if you have the cash to spend to buy one then might as well. Down the road you may wish you had rotary and then buy another vise. But if you'd have to make some sacrifices to afford it it's certainly not necessary.

Also, it looked like one or two of those vises might come without a tabletop base. I'd recommend getting one with a base or buying a base for it. It's very nice to have.
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Get the peak rotary. I thought I didn't need the rotary function, but it's been nice to have. The peak vice also comes with a bobbin cradle and it's nice to have when tying up patterns with wire wraps and what not to keep the bobbin out of the way and tension on the thread.
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Mark,

I tried the Renzetti traveller for a week and hated it. I felt it was cumbersome to change hooks. I haven't used the other two but I do have the Griffin Odyssey Spider. There was another forum member asking about it and there was some useful info

Help with rotary vise decision.

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Default Re: First Vise

I want to thank those that replied. I ordered a Griffin Superior 2A and yes it is not listed above. I tried to balance price and quality on my first vise. Now to get tools, instructional materials and tying materials for North Alabama panfish.

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I've used a DanVise for over ten years now, and while I might buy another if I was doing it again, it works well enough to where I haven't replaced it. I've bought MANY other rods, etc in that same time.

Contrary to a prior opinion, I would actually recommend getting the C-clamp if you get the peak. That pedestal is so small it seems like it wouldn't be very stable, and their clamp is BY FAR the best out there.

I actually really like the Renzetti Apprentice. It looks like you could point it up and have an awesome small fly vise, or set it flat and have one similar to their clouser vises.

I'd buy one if my 9wt line wasn't worn out...
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Cliff, The base for teh peak is heavy enough that it doesn't go anywhere, or tip at all It's heavy, but I would agree on the small side. It can get a bit buried under materials in a feverish tying session. I have one and would recommend one to anyone.
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Cliff, The base for teh peak is heavy enough that it doesn't go anywhere, or tip at all It's heavy, but I would agree on the small side. It can get a bit buried under materials in a feverish tying session. I have one and would recommend one to anyone.
Do you have the rotary or the other?

The base for the rotary looks very sufficient, but the other looks like it would be VERY easy to tilt to the right-

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You're right. I've got the rotary. Not digging the other base.
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That is a small base, I'd prefer a c-clamp to one that small. For my vise I initially only had the c-clamp and picked up a heavy, sturdy base for it and am much happier. I found when I attached it to the side of a table I'd drop more stuff on the floor and my wife always worried about me scratching wood, etc. One time when I tried tying with my brother we found none of their tables had a straight edge and I couldn't get my vise on anything. Hence the base. But it does need to be heavy and sturdy, a couple small magnets are not bad either to keep hooks from disappearing.
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