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#11800056 - 08/27/16 01:56 PM Vise Recommendation
dfwflyfisher Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 54
I am new to tying and want to get good products instead of going to kit route. Could someone recommend a good vise that is reasonably priced, but quality?

Thanks!

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#11800278 - 08/27/16 04:34 PM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: dfwflyfisher]
RexW Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 2830
Loc: Sherman, TX
Hard question to answer. People tend to be very loyal to the brand they personally own and use. So, here are some general comments.

The "last a lifetime" quality vises start about $200 with the Peak and Renzetti Traveler class of vises. You can go up from there and there are some popular models for less than this too.

My personal opinion is that I wouldn't start with a $200 or more vise. The features of different vises and brands vary and when you're starting out most of us don't know what we'll like or use. There are some perfectly serviceable vise in the $40 range that will get you started. I would avoid most of the sub-$40 vises. Many of the very low cost vises will just make your life miserable.

Based on your user name, you're in the DFW area. I recommend attending the IFFF Fly Fishing Expo in Grapevine Sept 9 and 10. There will be multiple fly tyers there. You would be able ask questions and compare different vises that people actually use on a regular basis.

Good luck! I think you'll find that other folk' s opinions about vises will vary from mine.

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#11800311 - 08/27/16 05:15 PM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: dfwflyfisher]
Smurfs Offline
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I started with a Cabelas kit. I thought it was a great, had everything i needed. Tied flies for about 6 months, decided I could see anymore. Sold it! Point is I wouldn't go over the top to start with until to make sure you want to stick with it. IMO!
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#11800622 - 08/27/16 09:18 PM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: dfwflyfisher]
J-Moe Online   content
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Brenham, TX
I purchased an Apex rotary vise for $115 at Bass Pro shop a couple years ago and I have been very happy with it. American made, excellent value. I use it on the base and its very sturdy. Good choice not to go the kit route.

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#11800907 - 08/28/16 08:15 AM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: Smurfs]
Smurfs Offline
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Originally Posted By: Smurfs
I started with a Cabelas kit. I thought it was a great, had everything i needed. Tied flies for about 6 months, decided I could see anymore. Sold it! Point is I wouldn't go over the top to start with until to make sure you want to stick with it. IMO!

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#11800959 - 08/28/16 08:57 AM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: dfwflyfisher]
dfwflyfisher Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 54
Thanks for the tips. What are some of these serviceable vises around $40?

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#11801117 - 08/28/16 10:56 AM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: dfwflyfisher]
J-Moe Online   content
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Brenham, TX
Watch Craigslist and Ebay. You might be able to find a deal on a serviceable vise at that amount.

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#11801220 - 08/28/16 12:53 PM Re: Vise Recommendation [Re: dfwflyfisher]
RexW Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 2830
Loc: Sherman, TX
I used one similar to this one as my primary vise for about 15 years and I still use it for extra large hooks. Looks like Bass Pro wants $50 for their version now.

You can find this style of vise at a variety of prices, but the quality can vary too. I know several folks that have used them for years, but I also know folks that ended up with lower quality versions that hated them.

Take a good look at the vise before buying it. Vises are tools and if it looks or feels poorly made, keep looking for something else.

Good luck!

http://t.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Crown-Spring-Tension-Vise/product/10220904/

Also, this is just one of many options available. I am not currently up to date with everything that is available right now in this price range.


Edited by RexW (08/28/16 12:57 PM)
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