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Old 07-02-2012, 03:20 PM
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I've tied all my own flies for 40 years.
Don't be talked into spending a lot for a vice. Waste of money.
You need something of quality construction that solidly holds the hook. Nothing more is important.
May I inquire as to what vise you tie with? I am trying to decide between Regal and Renzetti Traveler's series
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Just like anything fly fishing related, everybody's got their own preferences and opinions of vises. Renzetti, Dyna King, Norvise, J-Vise, Regal, Peak, HMH, Griffin...I could go on and on. Most everyone swears by the vise they have for the various reasons. Price, rotary, simplicity, weight, etc. I personally know guys who have all of the above sans the J-Vise and they all swear by them.

If you have a local fly shop and can check them out in person, I would strongly encourage you to do that. Maybe a local fishing/tying group, or another forum member can show you what they have and let you give it a shot. What might be recommended by one person may not be what you like to tie with.

If you go the cheap vise route and then stick with it, as MP mentioned, you WILL at some point upgrade. Once your tying ability gets to a certain point, it will be time to upgrade. I did this. I got a cheap fly tying kit as a Christmas gift, stuck with tying and upgraded vises. I did find though that the materials in the kit sucked and I ended up replacing those materials with quality stuff nearly immediately. Tools included. If you go this route and wind up not sticking with it, it's a tougher sell vs. if you go the route of buying something of quality you can typically sell it much easier. Rotary is a nice feature to have, but is not something I take advantage of with mine as much as others do. Still, when I DO need it, it's there and I'm glad I've got that feature.

This is a solid read if you are looking for a vise, just keep in mind that it's a few years old and there may be other options out there now.

Fly Tying Vises In-Depth Review by Fly Fish Ohio!

Also, go to Youtube and search for some of the various manufacturers vise reviews.

Good luck and enjoy the hunt. Let us know what you end up with.
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May I inquire as to what vise you tie with? I am trying to decide between Regal and Renzetti Traveler's series
These are drastically different vises.

The Regal (my choice for the majority of my tying needs) is a fixed vise, where the hook remains in a single position with the exception of your being able to rotate the head and see the back of the fly, if you wish. And you can adjust the angle the jaws sit at for tying comfort.

The Renzetti Traveler on the other hand is a true rotary vise, allowing you to rotate the head of the vise while the shank of the hook remains in a fixed position. Some tyers are more comfortable tying flies in a rotary manner, and it is true some materials are easier to apply this way, but it is a completely different style of tying. Instead of you wrapping the materials around the shank of the hook, you rotate the vise and your hand remains in a relatively fixed position while you apply the materials.

I own both, but seldom use the Renzetti... I got mine for an exceptional price, so I bought it to give it a try and if I'm production tying any patterns that benefit from the features, I will use it for that. An example is the elk hair caddis... If I'm tying a couple of dozen, I'll pre-prepare my dubbing and hackles, then apply dubbing, wire and wrap the body hackle on the Renzetti, then tie them off and finish them on the Regal.

Also, with the Regal, you simply insert a hook.... with the Renzetti, you need to adjust the jaws based on the hook size you're using... and change the adjustment with each hook size.
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