Apex Adjustable Fly Tying Vise
affordable and easy to use
This is a great vise for tying any kind of fly.It has two bases with it so you can clamp it on your bench or put it on its pedestal base if you have nowhere to clamp it.It is very easy to use and has many of the same features of the more expensive ones.
July 10, 2006
I've been tying on this vise now for the last 4 months. I bought it based on reputation and the fact that it comes standard with both a pedestal and clamp mount.
Quality of materials and construction is very good. The jaws are very well shaped - I've tied on everything from #16 up through #1/0 hooks and the jaws held with authority and allowed easy access to all areas of the hook.
All adjustments/functions are a little rough right out of the box, but within a month or so of use all mechanics break in and smooth out nicely.
Bottom line - if you are looking for a high quality, reasonably priced standard design vise that holds with authority this is the one to buy!
January 28, 2009
Great USA Made vise
This is a truly great vice. Both the Apex and Atlas are made in their factory in southern Indiana. Every single part of the vise is made there. The quality is outstanding. I had a chance to tour their factory before I purchased my vise. The pride in the workmanship and finished product was very evident by the workers there. You will not go wrong with the Apex. I call it my fy tying vise on steroids.
December 16, 2014
Not what I would expect from a mid price range vise. The rotary mechanism is wobbly and slides in the housing a bit. The thumb screw that tightens down the rotation is harsh and is difficult to modulate. The cam that opens and closes the jaws is very rough. I've read that it smooths out after use, but I expect more from a very simple piece of machinery that comes at a relatively stiff price.
This is my first rotary after tying for years on a fixed vise. I've decided the offset jaws that allow the hook shaft to the axis of rotation is critical as well.
I sent this one back. I'm going to look at a Peak rotary, but i won't buy until I've had the chance to tie a few flies first.
June 7, 2011