BNickW

Vise help

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So my vise that came in a kit that I received 15 years ago finally held its last hook. Abused it horribly. Def made for fresh water hooks and I have been jamming everything short of big game hooks in them. I need a new vise that can accommodate from trout flies to larger salt water hooks even bucktails. I don’t mind spending money but would rather not break the bank. Is this to wide of a range to shoot for with one vise/set of jaws? Is there reasonable options? Thanks to any and all responses!

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I have a Regal with the Big Game jaws. Not an ideal situation for this, but I was tying 22s this week on it.

 

Steve Culton

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Thanks Steve. That’s definitely on the top of the list so far. I don’t usually tie much smaller than that. Do you happen to know the limit on the other end of the spectrum?

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I'll just throw out there that I use a Peak Rotary Vise and have had zero issues holding everything from hefty 6/0 salt hooks to tiny Tricos in size 24 (I'm sure that I've tied smaller flies in it over the years, but I recently tied some Tricos in that size so I can confidently say that it holds a size 24 well).  Pretty big fan of that thing altogether, and I want to say it's a little more affordable than other rotary vises? Also, I do know that you can easily order parts whenever you get an issue with any piece of the vise, and while I have never had to use that service, I sleep pretty well knowing that I might only have to spend 50 bucks instead of 150 if something were to fail. 

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2 hours ago, BNickW said:

Do you happen to know the limit on the other end of the spectrum?

 

I don't. I've tied 5/0 on it. The Regal site should have that info.

 

Steve Culton

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I will throw out a Stonfo Transformer vise.  But it is expensive but a beauty, well made and comes with 3 heads that one changes easily since the interchange using aircraft fittings.  Have used mine for flies of all sizes.

 

 

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Another vote for Stonfo...excellent machining the best I have seen . I used to be a machinist so I know 

quality machining when I see it. FishHawk

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On 7/26/2018 at 2:57 PM, BNickW said:

Thanks Steve. That’s definitely on the top of the list so far. I don’t usually tie much smaller than that. Do you happen to know the limit on the other end of the spectrum?

I have a regal revo with big game jaws, I've tied flies on 9/0 owner 5192's with it, but I found it lacking tenacity on smaller hooks, and ended up buying a dyna-king just for the little stuff. Long story short, the regal doesn't get a lot of use these days. The in-line rotation makes it really nice for deer hair, but I'm on the dyna-king for everything else. There are much better tyers than myself that use tools that I just don't have a use for. I've had 5 vises since I began tying, each one was supposed to be my last.

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The DynaKing and the stonfo look real nice but I’m not sure I can justify the cost. The Regal Revo and the Peak are a little more in my wheelhouse.

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Nick:  Point well taken.  As I push the mid 70's, I treated myself.  So our estate is a little less.  Daughter is an attorney, she doesn't need the extra cost of the Stonfo!  :angel:  Keep us posted on your choice.

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On 7/30/2018 at 4:13 PM, BNickW said:

The DynaKing and the stonfo look real nice but I’m not sure I can justify the cost. The Regal Revo and the Peak are a little more in my wheelhouse.

 

Nick,

 

I was in the same boat.    Had an old discard vise from my dad but needed something a little better.   Bought an Atlas.  Certainly does not compare with those already mentioned but it's a serviceable vise and a decent price.   Fit & finish could be better but for the money I'd probably buy it again.    

 

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10 hours ago, BNickW said:

Thanks for the feedback guys. Anything would be an upgrade at this point.

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    Oh damn. Pretty sure you'll be thrilled with anything after spending time on that. Best of luck with the new rig.

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I have and still use a renzetti traveler. It cost a bit more than that atlas vise but has tied from size 24 up to 10/0 gamakatsu octopus hooks with the standard jaws for me just fine. Holds everything great, a joy to use. Never found myself wanting more, and I used to tie A LOT. Had it for 10 years if not more and has never let me down. 

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On 7/26/2018 at 2:28 PM, Ftyer said:

I'll just throw out there that I use a Peak Rotary Vise and have had zero issues holding everything from hefty 6/0 salt hooks to tiny Tricos in size 24 (I'm sure that I've tied smaller flies in it over the years, but I recently tied some Tricos in that size so I can confidently say that it holds a size 24 well).  Pretty big fan of that thing altogether, and I want to say it's a little more affordable than other rotary vises? Also, I do know that you can easily order parts whenever you get an issue with any piece of the vise, and while I have never had to use that service, I sleep pretty well knowing that I might only have to spend 50 bucks instead of 150 if something were to fail. 

i also have this vise, the jaws for different hooks really dont cost that much and you can switch them in a coupe min

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