Re: Fly tying advice

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Posted by Len Taliaferro on May 28, 1997 at 11:50:39:

In Reply to: Re: Fly tying advice posted by Chris England on May 27, 1997 at 09:51:24:

: Thanks a bunch for the info guy's, as I said prior, given the materials, and
: a pattern book I could fumble through a couple nymph and wet patterns. Do
: either of you have any recommendations on a good instructional video?
: That may close the loop on some of the things I've forgotten.

: As far as equip goes, I'm interested in picking up a pedestal mount, rotating
: vise. Is $70.00 - $80.00 too high? If I'm going to pay those prices, I want
: it to be capable of years of use. The other incidentals should be easy to figure
: out. (e.g. waxed thread, wax, dubbing material, hackles, chennile, wing material, .021
: wire, etc).

Chris -- I'm certainly not an expert on vises but I think you should be able to do well on
$70-$80. Mine were less than $20.00 some 25 years ago and none of them rotate. I'd guess that
at today's prices they'd be in the $35-$50 range, new. They are basic but they've worked well
for me. While the ability to rotate is a convenience, I certainly don't feel it's a necessity.
Perhaps if I'd used one, I might feel differently. One thing I left out in my earlier note was
hackle pliers which are virtually essential. Good ones are inexpensive so don't waste money on
cheapies which can be quite frustrating when they slip loose during a key operation. Frankly, if
I were starting from scratch, I'd spend $30-$50 on the vise and use the rest for other tools &
materials. GRW has experience with a rotating vise and probably has a different perspective.

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