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Old 08-04-2012, 09:51 PM
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Default What vice?

well i am looking for a new vice my cheapy vice is ok but its time i upgrade i was going to get the Griffin Mongoose but i have heard that its not that great so i am not sure what to go for, I have been thinking either the

HMH Spartan Vice
Renzetti Cam Series Traveler Vise
Griffin Montana Mongoose Vise

I want a rotary makes tying so much easier and keep the price around $200 any suggestions?

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I've had a Traveler for years, and I've yet to want a different vice.
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Only one of the vises you listed is a true rotary that is made by a company that you know will be in business 25 years from now and will have spare parts.
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Default Re: What vice?

I will be getting the traveler next, hopefully this week. It was a toss up between this and the dyna king for a while, then between the traveler and a Regal. The traveler is always the one that I end up deciding to get. The great range of hook sizes it can handle is great so I can bank out some size 26 flies for the Swift and then tie some saltwater streamers on the same vise.
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If you will be tying on a desk that you can mount a c-clamp, the Renzetti Traveler can be a good vise. I had an original Traveler (thumb screw jaws adjustable model) that I eventually sold it since I made the switch to a Regal. Mine had the pedestal which I found too light. Whenever I cranked down hard on the thread, the vise would move.

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I like this vise: PEAK Fishing Home 150$
Renzetti very flimsy for me
I like the quality of the normal iron...
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Default Re: What vice?

Give this a look, it may help Fly Tying Vises In-Depth Review by Fly Fish Ohio!
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I have the HMH Spartan and if I had to choose again, it would be the Spartan. This thing is simple, ties big and little flies and will last forever. It's a pedestal and serves my needs just fine. Sf
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I just bought a Renzetti Traveller, and I absolutely love it. It was right at 200 and is the smoothest vice I've ever used! It seems I'm tying more often with this vise than I find myself actually on the river!
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Default Re: What vice?

The renzetti's, regals, HMH, Peak are good choices. Pick the configuration (c clamp or pedestal), based on the desired use. I will share some comments from a years worth of tying....(approx 12 to 24 flies per week).
Pros:
The pedestal version is heavy & does not move even with heavy thread pressure. The quality of all components is vey good. After a years use the jaws don't show any wear. The rotary function works well. The finish is pretty good.

Cons:
The heavy pedestal makes traveling with the vice tough. The way the jaws collet is designed causes interference when using a pinch grip to mount things (hair, tails, etc). I have tied with a Renzetti and I don't have the same issue with its jaws. Also, the standard peak jaws are pretty fat, imagine a blunt cone instead of a sharp point. I had to purchase the peak midge jaws for $30.

If I had to do it again, I would probably choose another brand just because the ergonomics to the Peak does not fit my hands.
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