Product Review: Fly Tying Vises

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Well howdy friends, Brian Flechsig of Mad
River Outfitters and I’m here today to talk to you a little bit about fly tying vises.
I’m going to walk you through some of the brands and the features that we carry here
at the shop, and that you might consider if you’re just getting started in fly tying.
Yea, as we go through our tutorials, I’ll delve a little bit deeper into the different
brands and the different models as we go. But I just want to give you a quick overview
here. Now, first and foremost I think a great bang for the buck is the Griffin brand of
vises. Here I’ve got the Griffin 1A which sells for 53 bucks and I’ve got the Griffin
2A which sells for 65 dollars and these vises operate on a simple roller system, where you’re
simply going to do your fine tuning with this first knob that you find here, and then once
you’ve got it set for that particular size of fly hook you’re going to crank down on
it here which tightens down on the jaw. The difference between the 1A and the 2A they
have similar jaws, but the 2A allows you to adjust the angle of the head so you can get
it level and get it a little more canted up as per how you like to tie or the fly that
you’re tying. So the Griffin 1A and 2A are really great values and entry level vises
that will hold a hook and not frustrate you. Up next, is a very good value and a fly tying
vise that does just about everything you need it to do. This is the Anville vise. The Anville
apex believe it’s called. And this operates a little bit differently, it’s on the can
lever and basically you adjust it here with the roller knob and then as per the size of
your hook then you’re simply going to close the jaws using the cam lever. Now the Anville
apex hold a hook very well, it holds a variety of sizes of hooks, and another great feature
is it comes with the C clamp so you can mount it to your table and also comes with the pedestal
base if you don’t want the C clamp and the Anville Apex vise comes in I believe at
99 or 109 dollars, great value and a more or less entry level fly tying vise.Then of
course you jump into the Renzetti vises and the Renzetti vises their claim to fame is
that they are true rotary. This thing here by the way is a bobbin holder, when I’ve got
my thread, and I’m tying the fly, I can lay the thread over and a lot of people love it.
You’re not going to see me use one very often, but Renzetti does include them in all their
vises. The Renzetti vises their claim to fame is that this is a true rotary vise, which
means that I can rotate this vise if I get it adjusted right. I can rotate that hook
on its axis. A lot of folks like this feature and they might even tie a fly by keeping the
thread stationary and rotating the head of the vise or the jaws of the vise.I don’t typically
tie that way, but a lot of folks love that rotary feature. And this is kind of a combination,
you’ve got the roller knob to do your fine tuning and then you’re going to clamp down
with your cam lever here on the Renzetti, This is the Renzetti Traveler vise which is
really an industry standard and we sell a ton of them. Kind of a step up, but staying
in that same vein of your true rotary is the Dyna King brand. Dyna King, a guy named Ron
Abbey, machines these vises, fantastic company, fantastic fly tying vises, and you can probably
tell by looking at it we’re getting up there in price on this one also. They tend to be
more in the 200 to 400 dollar price ballpark for a Dyna King. But again, this one simply
adjustment here, similar to a roller knob, which you make your fine tuning and then you
clamp it down with the cam lever, and then you’ve got the nice roller knob back here
to allow you to do the true rotary function. Most Dyna Kings comes with that bobbin cradle
as well. And then really, our favorite brand of vises, I shouldn’t say that I guess, but
the one we sell the most of and the one you’ll see most of us around here at the shop use
is the Regal brand. I really love my Regals, I’ve got two of them, you’ll see me tying
off here in our tutorials. I bought my first Regal probably 1985, got my second one the
pedestal based in something like 1999, which shows my age but, I’ve still got the vises,
still tie on them, you’ll see me tying on a Regal in some of our tutorials here as does
most of the guys around the shop. But the Regal fly tying vises are called the bulldog
or bench vises and for good reason. They last forever, you can’t wear them out, and they
are the simplest vise to operate on the market. You simply open the jaws, insert your hook,
close the jaws. You’ll bend that hook before it slips out of these jaws, can’t say enough
about Regals. Now they don’t have the fancy bells and whistles, they’re not true rotary,
although they have come out with the Regal Revolution which I’m sure we’ll show you at
some point, but it is true rotary. But I can turn this vise, access the underside of my
hook, whether I’m looking at it or tying something on the bottom, I can adjust the angle of the
head on this no problem. This is my favorite fly tying vise, of course if you can afford
one, think about getting a Regal. But plenty of other good vises out there on the market.
So stay tuned for more fly tying tutorials here at Mad River Outfitters.


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