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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: As if I need another expensive hobby...

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Most of us that have been tying for a number of years started witha Thompson Model A vise. For a beginner it can't be beat, great value and will hold up forever.
    D.H. Thompson Fly Tying Vise Model A | eBay

    I use a Thompson to this day and have since I upgraded from my old Herter's vise 25 years ago.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Altrincham, Cheshire NW England

    Default Re: As if I need another expensive hobby...

    How strange Rip Tide as I started out on a Herter's vice, but it was 53 years ago. Had to throw it away ten years ago as it had rusted out, but that vice served me well.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Boise, Idaho

    Default Re: As if I need another expensive hobby...

    I started with a kit/vise and I've been tying for over 10 years. I didn't even know my vise was a POS til I read the Fly Fish Ohio shootout. I "upgraded" to the Cabela's Master a few years ago. It holds hooks and I guess because it's all I've ever used (except for the vise grips pliers I tied my first fly on) it doesn't seem so bad to me. I still got more flys than I know what to do with and I don't think I can blame any quality issues in my tying on the thing holding the hook.
    I will have to get something new pretty soon: I've worn out all the spare jaws from the three cheapies I've had. I'm down to using the weird ball shaped jaws and they really suck for smaller hooks.
    BTW. Go right to a ceramic bobbin or one with the ceramic end. It'll save you a lot of frustration.

    "Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey

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