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Massflyfishing 08-05-2005 06:47 PM

Fly Tying Vise Needed. Help me out (advice).
I'm in the market for a new fly tying vise. Any suggestions?

I tie both fresh and saltwater so I guess I need something to cover each aspect.


I have about $200 to play with.

Smcdermott 08-05-2005 07:16 PM

I own the Traveler vise in the standard cam pedastal series. Great vise. But I wouldn't say it has the best hook holding capabilities and I have busted more than my fair share of the adjusting screws. I think if I was starting new now I would go with the Dyna-King Barracuda Junior. A little over the $200 limit but not by much. Holds hooks from 22 to 8/0.


Massflyfishing 08-05-2005 07:27 PM

Will it hold small size 28 flies?

Smcdermott 08-05-2005 07:39 PM

Not according to their website. Even the top of the line Barracuda only goes down to 24. I am a saltwater guy so I can't even picture what a hook that small must look like. Couple turns of thread and your done right! I would check them out at a local shop. My Renzetti is only spec'd to hold up to 3/0 I think but I have done up to 8/0.


Eddie 08-05-2005 08:33 PM

it would be tough to think of a vice that would be good for flies down to 28 and back up to 4/0. I bet that in that price range, the Baracuda jr might be the best bet.
I would consider a Regal vice and get the midge accsesory head.

Massflyfishing 08-05-2005 09:36 PM

Well, it's becoming evident that I won't find a vise to do the entire range of flies I want to tie. I was just wondering whose had goodluck with what. I had a renzetti and didn't think it was that amazing but the rotary function for the price was really good and the pedestal was really steady.

Massflyfishing 08-05-2005 09:54 PM

the Barracuda is $349!

Smcdermott 08-05-2005 09:57 PM

Different Vise...
Barracuda Jr. Trekker Vise. Smaller version of the Barracuda is about $220.


Massflyfishing 08-05-2005 10:30 PM

Is it just lightweight? Is it less functional? Jr. doesn't mean it's smaller than the regular one does it?

flyjkol 08-05-2005 11:13 PM

its sightly smaller yes
every bit as functional though
i own a baracuda jr and it is a terrific vise i tie anywhere from 6/0 down to 24 and it does just fine

ive never used a baracuda but ive seen one in action it (in my opinion) is just a really bulky and over the top heavy version of the jr

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