Here are links to the only two comprehensive reviews of fly tying vises I know of, from Fly Fisherman
and Fly Fish Ohio
magazines respectively, which cover the $50-100 range (among others):
Both reviews evaluate both the Griffin Odyssey Spider
and the Danvise
, and as you will see, the Danvise
was the clear winner in both evaluations. In fact, the Danvise
came out as the top vise in both evaluations among all vises in that price range.
Based upon these reviews and the recommendations of a number of my more-experienced fly tying friends (including my beginning & intermediate fly tying class teachers), I bought the Danvise
. It is light (which helps when I take it with me on fly-fishing trips) due to its extensive use of Delrin, although steel is used on those parts - like the jaws - where it wouild make a positive difference. Its true rotary capability with its ball-bearings is very useful to me, as is the excellent clamp which covers a large range and holds really well while being protective of furniture. Since I usually fly-fish tailwaters, I mainly tie sizes #18-26, although I have tied #30 nymphs in it with no problem even though Danvise
only represents it holds as small as #28. Its cam-actuated jaws work quite well with such small hooks.
FWIW . . . hope this helps.