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1898 Fly Tying Vise
1898 Fly Tying Vise
Fly-fishing and Fly-making,
for Trout, Bass, Salmon, etc.

You could start with a fly tying vise for less than $50, but eventually will want to upgrade. Between $150 and $250 will buy an excellent quality vise, and if you really want to go crazy, there are fly tying vises with prices of over $1,000.

Parts of a Fly Tying Vise
Parts of of a Rotary Fly Tying Vise.

Most good fly tying vises have the same parts. All fly tying vises have a pedestal or a desktop clamp, stem, and jaws.

Fly Tying Vise Jaws

A fly tying vise is designed to securely hold the hook when tying a fly. There are many different style of jaw mechanisms. The most important thing is that the jaw tightly holds the hook without damaging it and won't interfere when tying a fly.

A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER
BEFORE BUYING A FLY TYING VISE.
Desktop Clamp or Pedestal Base
DESKTOP CLAMP
A desktop clamp vise can be clamped to the edge of a desk, table, ect... which holds the vise more securely in place than a pedestal vise. Desktop clamp vises are lighter than pedestals bases and generally cheaper.
PEDESTAL BASE
Some vises will have a heavy pedestal base that can sit on a flat surface. The weight of the pedestal will keep the vise from accidentally moving or tipping over. When traveling it is sometimes easier to find a flat surface to place a pedestal style vise on, such as a desk or table. Also noted is that a desktop clamp can damage the surface when being attached, whereas a pedestal vise should not be a problem.

Pedestal base vises will have a shorter stem than a clamp style vise. Some fly tying vises have conversion kits that include both a pedestal base and desktop clamp. The stem has an extension that can be attached for use with the desktop clamp.

ROTATING JAWS
You want a vise with rotating jaws so you can view the fly from multiple positions. Also, when tying in materials from the bottom or sides, it might be convenient to rotate the hook in different positions.

ARTICULATION ARM
A vise with an articulation arm will allow you to easily find the hook shank centerline for a smoother rotation. This is a nice option, but you can survive with just the standard rotating jaws.

HOOK SIZE
The jaws of a fly tying vise must securely hold the hook when tying a fly and can't interfere when wrapping materials. Most jaws can accommodate a wide range of different size hooks, but there are some considerations. When tying small dry flies or nymphs, a smaller set of jaws makes more sense. Some vises have interchangeable jaws.

ADJUSTABLE TENSION
Some fly tying vise jaws have adjustable tension. This is a good feature and allows more flexibility,

GROOVED JAWS
Some jaws have a grove for the hook. This can provide a better grip and help lock the hook in position.

MOTORIZED ROTATIONAL VISE
Motorized true rotational vises are well advertised, and if tying commercially or maybe a long shank streamer hook with a hundred wraps of chenille, then it would be more practical.

CLEANING YOUR FLY TYING VISE
This is a general guide and check specific instructions from the manufacture of your specific fly tying vise.
• Disassemble and clean the parts with a dry rag
• Using a light oil, such as sewing machine oil, lightly coat all the metal parts.
• Apply a very small amount of light grease onto any pivot points.
Reassemble the vise in the reverse order it was taken apart.

Proper hook placement is important. After placing the hook in the vise jaws, you should make it a habit to always double check that it is secured. An easy trick is to pluck the eye of the hook like a guitar string and it should make a slight ringing sound. If it makes a flat and dull sound, could mean the hook has been improperly positioned or the jaw tension needs to be adjusted. (Once had a hook slip out of the vise jaw and it sounded like a bullet. It had much more force than you would imagine)

BELOW ARE SOME REVIEWS AND
SHORT DESCRIPTIONS OF A COUPLE
MAJOR FLY TYING VISE MANUFACTURES

We make no claim to which is the best fly tying vise and all these companies make great quality equipment. This is only a partial list of fly tying vise manufactures which are listed in alphabetical order.

ANVIL USA
They also make great fly tying scissors...
http://www.anvilusa.com


DYNA-KING VISES:
Dyna-King fly tying vises are made in Cloverdale, CA.
http://www.dyna-king.com


GRIFFIN VISES:
Griffin fly tying vises are made in Montana
Another great fly tying vise.
http://www.griffinenterprisesinc.com


HMH FLY TYING VISES
http://www.hmhvises.com


NOR-VISE
Nor-Vise is an interesting concept. Some people love it and some people don't like it. We have seen it demonstrated and it was impressive. You can watch videos posted on their website for a better explanation of how it works.
http://www.nor-vise.com


PEAK FISHING
http://www.peakfishing.com


REGAL VISE
Heavy duty fly tying vises that can be found at most fly tying shops.
http://www.regalvise.com


RENZETTI VISES:
Renzetti makes great quality fly tying vises.
Renzetti Inc has been in Business since 1973
Product Line is manufacture in Titusville FL.
http://www.renzetti.com

All the fly tying vises listed above are made in the USA and manufactured to the highest specifications. Their websites include address, phone and Email should you have any question or problems. Most of the top manufactures have lifetime warranties against material and workmanship.

WARNING:
The first fly tying vise we bought was from a big box sporting good store. It was made in Pakistan and broke within a couple uses. You could see big air pockets in the metal where it broke.

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FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING VISES.