05-06-2010, 04:55 PM
Re: fly tying newbie
emarf what kinds of fish will you be chasing?
The reason i ask is that this will have a big impact on types of flies you'll be tying and the size of hooks you'll be using.
Since the sweet spot in terms of market demand is trout fishing, the standard jaws on most vises will handle the hook range of typical trout sizes just fine. But not all vises can handle salt water sized hooks for instance. In some cases it may be possible or necessary to pick up specialty jaws for small hooks (midge jaws), or heavy duty "magnum" jaws for larger sized salt water hooks at additional ( and sometimes considerable) expense.
(I haven't used it but according to Griffin the Odyssey does handle a wide range of hook sizes from 28 to 4/0 with the same set of jaws).
The Danvise, because it's made of Delrin (plastic composite) it seems to be a love it or hate it thing. Many folks are very happy with them, and they do provide a good bang for the buck. But one thing to consider on the Danvise for around 85, is that you can spend an additional 20 on a pedestal base ( the danvise comes with a c-clamp) another 10 or so on an extension arm ( if you tie streamers or big flies) and perhaps another 38 bucks on saltwater jaws if you want to tie on hooks above size 2 or so. If there's a reasonable chance you'd be looking to add a lot of that stuff you might consider putting the equivalent amount in a bit better vise.
BTW, if it's still available, member "Luked" has an posting in the classified section for a slightly used Peak Vise for 100 (new they are 150). An excellent vise at a very good price.
Do you have a fly shop nearby? If so it would be great if you could try a few vises and compare some different designs and features.