Necessity the mother of invention
PVR ......here is something you can try....you won't ever get a tube spinning with this setup......and it's dirt cheap'
Go to a bicycle shop and ask to see a selection of wheel spokes. Pick the ones that will slip inside your tube material.
The spoke has a nut like nipple on the end of it. This is used to tighten it into the wheel. The nipple is key to the success of the mandrel.
Cut the spoke to the desired tube length.( cut the end opposite the nipple nut) make a hook like bend in the cut end, this is held in you vise jaws, just like an ordinary hook. Now undo the nipple nut and slip on the tube material. Re attach the nipple nut and tighten in down until it makes contact with the tube material. The nipple nut has a nice taper to the leading edge and it will act like a wedge in holding the tube tight, keeping it from rotating when applying your thread and fly materials.
Seriously, this is one of the best tube fly vise adaptors you will find....I am actually thinking of marketing this neat little version.
Try it out....it will end up costing you about $6 for half a dozen assorted length mandrels.
Tight Lines and Screaming Reels!!!
Last edited by Norseman; 02-05-2004 at 04:50 PM.