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Fly Tying Vices

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten" - Benjamin Franklin

Selecting a Vice

The help of a professional is a good idea. Being "on-station" means you can test the potential products. Nothing beats a hand-on evaluation.

The fly tiers vice is a significant investment. If you are a beginner or an occasional tier, your needs are less demanding than someone who plans to be very productive. The size of the hooks is an important factor. The range of hook sizes that the entry level price vice will securely hold is limited. Hooks smaller than size 18 or hooks larger than size two are hard to hold. Sunrise Fly Tying Tools manufacture a mini-vise that can be easily clamped into an entry levels vice to provide a means of holding even tiny hooks.

Some vendor put a notch in the jaws intended to allow these jaws to accomodate larger hooks. The saltwater tiers sometime have a three-eigths inch steel rod welded to a pair of vice-grips for holding their large saltwater flies. (Three-eigths inch is the standard C-clamp and pedestal base rod diameter.)

The first criteria is how does each vice hold the hook and what clearance is left. The second criteria is quality. Poor quality should be interpreted as a warning to "stay away." In the quality category, we have ease of operation, the finish, the table clamp, the weight of the pedestal base, the adjustability of the jaws. The cheaper vices tend to loosen under operation and require constant fidgeting to get the hook to hold - that is the reason to consider a better quality vice.

The least consideration is rotation. If you are a beginner, I doubt if you need a rotary vice.

I am a Regal vice owner. I recommend anyone looking to upgrade try one out.


Mounting a Hook

Please contact Steve Salkow for more details.