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Good first tying vice

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:44 pm
by Coconut Groves
Hey guys - I've read through some posts before about starting vices have these two in my notes:

Griffin Montana
Odyssey Cam Vice

Any recommendations on which one of these, or another brand? I am looking to stay within a reasonable range ($150). Any tips would be appreciated.

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:25 pm
by John M. White
Get one that is full rotary (and rotary in the horizontal position, not canted), if you can find it in your price range. Make sure it has good jaws. My first vice was a Dyna King Squire. My only complaint about the Squire, was that it was a rotary (rotary on a 45 degree canted angle which is mostly useless). I then upgraded to a Dyna King Barracuda Junior which I LOVE, but it is also a lot more expensive. I would go with the Griffin Odyssey of the two you mentioned, from a quick perusal of the two.

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:22 pm
by mickmcco
I agree with the advice on getting a horizontal true rotary vise when you start, since you'll probably end up with one anyway if you keep tying. Both of your choices fit that description.

My first vise was a Renzetti Traveler, which I still use on the road. Peak full rotary vises also get good reviews. A friend of mine started tying a couple of years ago and bought the Griffin Montana Mongoose after looking at several others, including the Renzetti and some Dyna-Kings. He's been pleased with it.

Looks like you have good choices there, and the price point is about right for a solid starter vise that will last you awhile, if you want it to.


Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:50 pm
by Alex Argyros
I have the Peak Vise and love it. If you go that route, suggest buying it with the midge jaws. I have both the regular and the midge jaws and never use the former. The midge jaws work well for all the flies I tie, including bass bugs.


Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:28 am
by d ayer
I bought a Danvise from LabRat, as he was upgrading. About $80 new. I like it. Takes some getting used to the angle of the clamp if you have been using, say a , Thompson"A".


Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:03 am
by mickmcco
Danvises are about the least expensive rotary vises, but have gotten mixed reviews. I bought one for my son (who is left handed), but he never used it. I've tried it myself, but couldn't get comfortable with it. I think you either love it or you hate it.

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:09 am
by d ayer
Reviews about the Danvise are the same way. Some didn't like the composite parts. I've found in using the rotary function to always turn it in the tighting direction or it loosens up. Good clamping.


Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:10 pm
by bubba smith
Renzetti traveler.
I tie about 1,500 dozen flies every winter and about 400 dozen during the season. For the last 6 years all flies were tied on the traveler. Good solid vice.

Bubba Smith

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:38 pm
by mickmcco
So at five minutes a fly (it takes me from two to 20, depending on the pattern), eight hours a day, that's almost 240 days of tying. Impressive.

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:43 pm
by Jimbo Roberts
Being from the San Juan, a lot of those could be simple thread midges and even I could tie one of those in 5 minutes or less. Jimbo

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:20 am
by d ayer
Probably on size 30 hooks!!


Posted: Thu May 22, 2008 1:20 pm
by bubba smith
About half of what I tie is for the Juan, the rest are foam hoppers etc.
December thru February are the "tying months" and yea it can get a little old
But between tying and guiding I have managed to avoid a real job for 30+
Just received a new size hook to try out it is a 34!

Re: Good first tying vice

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:42 pm
by TroutMedic
I got a Regal Medallion series for christmas and it has lasted me 18 years. It is very easy to use and manipulate. They also have lifetime warranties on the jaws.

Re: Good first tying vice

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:11 am
by NechesBobcat
I got a Dyna King Barracuda as my first vice and love it. I'm not into going cheap when you know you wont be pleased with it later on so I just got the one I wanted to begin with.

Re: Good first tying vice

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:52 pm
by TroutMedic
I agree with NechesBobcat, if you think that you are actually going to get into it, get a good one to begin with. it will last longer than you and make the whole experience much more enjoyable.