03-22-2010, 09:23 PM
Re: DANVISE Out, New Vise IN
Originally Posted by smallieman
I purchased the Danvise because of the price point, reviews, and how it worked. I did some research and I purchased it.
Why it sucks and I returned it...
-Made of plastic
-Jaws are too close to the body. ( purchased the extension arm for it if you need it let me know I will sell it for $10 bucks )
-Jaws were not holding size 14 or smaller hooks tight
- Rotary Part was not smooth and got worse.
Maybe I got a crappy one but I contacted the company and that was a joke.. They did not care.
Well so I took it back to Cabelas and talked to a few guys their and upgraded to the Griffin Blackfoot Mongoose Fly Vise. It did not have Cam Lock Jaws but they sell an add on for that if I need it.
What are your thoughts on this new vise. I tied 3 flies at cabelas with it and works nice feels nice. I will post some photos of my first flies on it later
I'm kind of amazed with this smashmouth review of a vise that has always been reviewed as best in class. Since Al Beatty has U.S. distribution rights other than Orvis', I'm assuming one of those two "blew you off". I have dealt with both Beatty and Orvis and I have found them to be very cooperative, particularly with products I had problems with.
I completely disagree with your review points.
First off, I routinely tie # 22-28 flies on my Danvise with absolutely no problems holding the hook. Have you read the instructions for adjusting the hook-holding mechanism; it's not necessarily intuitive?
? What does that have to do with anything? If it's plastic and works, so what? In my view, strong plastic (this is used in aerospace) does the job and at a lighter weight - better for traveling.
Thirdly, sorry to hear that you had trouble with the rotary function. Did you adjust it as called for? I've had two and never had a problem with the rotary function, which has always worked smoothly once you adjust the tension to the level you prefer.
On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .