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: new vise

04-01-2003, 04:06 PM
i'm thinking about getting a new vise i have a decent one now but it is starting to crap out on me any recemondations
Max. price about $150

04-01-2003, 04:59 PM
Dynaking Barracuda Jr. or Renzetti Traveler with cam operated jaws. PM me.

04-01-2003, 11:11 PM

I need some more information from you regarding what type of flies you are tying, whether you want rotary or not, the largest and smallest sizes you are tying, and how many flies you tie in a week or month to be able to give the best recommendation for you to get the most bang for your buck.

If you have been reading prior threads of vises you will find that I have a decided preference for the Dyna King Baracuda or the Renzetti Master or Renzetti P-4000 cam jaw vises. However, these are high end vises that sell for over $300.00, which is over the amount you said you have to spend. There are several fine vises that do not have all the features of the Dyna King Baracuda or Renzetti Master or P-4000 cam jaw that sell for $150.00 or less.

JDJones is right, if you can find a bargain on a used Baracuda Jr. or Renzetti Traveler cam jaw, you won't be sorry for buying it. However, they don't hit the market very often and are usually snapped up quickly by someone in the know.

04-02-2003, 06:26 AM
Is the Renzetti "Cam Series Traveler" a true rotary vise? I, too, am looking for a new vise, specifically a rotary model to aid with dubbing and palmering. Typically, I tie around 30 flies a week, nearly all for saltwater, nothing smaller than a size 12, nothing larger than a 3/0. I can pick up a new Cam Series Traveler for $160, and figured it might be worth the $$$. My current vise is not rotary, which is the only reason I'm looking for another.

04-02-2003, 07:18 AM
i tie mostly drys and nymphs largest 4 smallest 24
i ahve looked at the new renzetti traveler cam action which i could get around $150

04-02-2003, 11:33 AM
The Renzetti travler vise is a true rotary. The cam action jaws only change the way you clamp down and release the hook.

04-03-2003, 12:31 AM

As has been posted already, the Renzetti Traveler is a true rotary vise. For the flies that you are tying, nothing smaller than a #12, I would recommend the Renzetti Traveler Saltwater cam jaw because its jaw is larger and it holds the larger hooks better because of this. It is also one of the best values for the money in a true rotary vise.


The Renzetti Traveler standard cam jaw would be the one you should look at because it has a smaller jaw than the Traveler Saltwater. It will serve you very well for many years tying the sizes you are tying. There are folks I know who have been using the Traveler as their main tying vise for 10 and 12 years with no problems of any sort.

The Renzetti vises all have the virtue of the offset jaw arm that provides more room when tailing a fly, and the offset arm also means that the hook stays parallel (horizontal) when you rotate it.

04-03-2003, 06:36 AM
Flytyer, thanks for the confirmation on that vise; I'll pick one up at the local fly shop this weekend.

04-08-2003, 07:02 PM
for the renzetti traveler which would have a longer life and more versatility the cam action or the screw tighten?

04-09-2003, 12:21 AM

Hands down, the cam jaw version. NOt because it is more durable; but because it is far easier to use.

05-02-2003, 12:56 PM
Still haven't had a chance to get out and pick up the new vise. Anyone have any experience with the BT's Dan Vise? Just thought I'd ask...

John Desjardins
05-02-2003, 01:08 PM
This got bashed around recently in

05-02-2003, 01:11 PM
Renzetti traveller if you want rotary action. If you don't fish a lot of saltwater, chances are you won't use the true rotary feature much. Dyna-king makes, solid, simple vises for freshwater. I think mine is the level above the Squire and it's great for everything from size 26 midges to 2/0 saltwater streamers.

Wish I had a true-roatary for SW stuff sometimes but you get used to what you have.

05-02-2003, 01:20 PM
Hi John,
Yes, I had been following that thread for sometime and completely forgot that the Dan Vise had been mentioned. At the moment I'm deciding between the Dan Vise, Griffin Odyssey, and Renzetti Traveler Cam. Realizing that the Dan Vise is composed mostly of Delrin, I wonder how that would hold up compared to the other two... I plan on having this vise for the rest of my tying days, and would hate to replace an $80 vise with another one every few years if I can just pay the $165 upfront and get the Renzetti. On the other hand, if the Dan Vise will last indefinitely when cared for properly, why buy something more expensive? One thing's for sure, I want a vise with a bobbin cradle this time, and I can't seem to locate a picture of this on the Dan Vise...

05-02-2003, 01:21 PM
Saltwater is what I fish most, and I do a fair amount of work with dubbing, which is why I'm specifically after a true rotary.

05-02-2003, 01:24 PM

I hear ya. If I had to buy a new one tomorrow it would probably be the cam-action traveller. Everyone I know who has one just loves it.


05-02-2003, 01:32 PM
Yeah, that's the way I'm leaning right now...