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  • Why do I need a $200 fly vice?

    So like most of us- Iím a gear junkie. Iíve been tying on your standard starter vice and it holds a Hook... what makes a renzetti or similar worth 10x+ more?

  • #2
    If your budget entry level vice does the job and makes you happy, then why are you even asking this question? I knew a kid here that tied with a pair of vice grips being held in a work bench tool vise. Pretty rough but it got the job done.
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    • #3
      A $200 vise is not a lot when you compare a J Vise or a LAW at about $2K. You can get a very good Renzetti or a Regal for about $130.00.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Buck Henry View Post
        If your budget entry level vice does the job and makes you happy, then why are you even asking this question? I knew a kid here that tied with a pair of vice grips being held in a work bench tool vise. Pretty rough but it got the job done.


        ^ This sentiment exactly.



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        • #5
          I don't have a nice vise, I've been using my trusty cabela's starter kit for a year. However, I find myself wishing for a bobbin cradle, rotary features, material clip, and midge jaws sometimes which are found in higher value vise's.

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          • #6
            I think it depends on what you are wanting to do with your Tying...I tied on a Anvil Apex for 10 years and did great with it, after so long I wanted the an In-line rotary function and upgraded to the Atlas. I would say the best advice is to get what you can afford with the features you want. One reason I stayed with the Anvil vises is that I know they are built to withstand an apocalypse and can tie anything from a 22 midge to 1/0 saltwater with minimal adjustments needed
            I use dry flies...why just for the chance of the perfect cast, perfect drift, just to see it disappear...and then FISH ON!!!!

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            • #7
              Anvil Apex or Atlas (now wolff industries) last vise you'll ever need....
              wants are different story ...Will

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              • #8
                I'll second the atlas. I tie size 5/0 all the way to 20 on it. If I didn't bounce around so much though I'd buy a peak with the regular and midge jaws.


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                • #9
                  more features and convenience. I started with the Cabelas starter kit and now use an old
                  base Renzetti Traveler. I can tie faster with the Renzetti.

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                  • #10
                    With a more expensive vice, you tend to get more features, sure, but I also tend to think they have more refined action, and tend to hold hold the hook a bit better. But my only cheaper vice experience was tying for a long time on a Thomson model A, and some cheap kit vices, so I don't have a ton of experience with cheaper vices.

                    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a peak or a renzetti. I tie 90% of my flies on the peak. But use my traveler as well. In my opinion the peak offers the most vice for the least money. I have yet to talk to a peak owner that doesn't love their vice.
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                    • #11
                      I used every cheap vice bass pro sold. The reason I did is because I wore out every one of them. The best is the 30-40 dollar one with three sets of jaws. It lasted a little over a year. Point being my atlas was 150 and has lasted 7 years now... you do the math


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