Griffin Spider Vise
For 15 years I have used single-axis, clamp down, inexpensive vises. I felt it was time to move up to a rotary model, but I wasn't willing to pay $150-200+.
The Griffin Spider Vise has been a joy to use. It makes hackle wrapping, body dubbing and applying tight even chenille a breeze. It handles very small to medium hook sizes nicely.
Only disadvantage would be it is not ideal for spinning deer hair bass flys, because packing the hair requires something sturdier. Although, the Spider is great for trimming the hair, it allows you to get at all angles.
I definitely feel I have spent my money well.
May 23, 2012
I found this vise to be a great investment for a beginner or experienced tyer. I have probably tied about 500+ flies on this vise and it hasn't given me many problems The rotary feature works great, and is a great help when tying wooly buggers, or any other flies that require lots of wrapping. The bobbin cradle is O.K., but it has a tendency to slip down the shaft of the vise if you accidentally hit it. The only other issue I have is the fact that there is some "play" with the jaws. I.E. when really applying some pressure to the thread the jaws move up and down. However this can be remedied with a little flat waxed nylon to ensure a snug fit.
Overall an excellent entry level vise.
November 24, 2011
Just began tying flies by buying a all inclucive kit and was "hooked." But, even I could tell that the vise was the weak link in my learning curve. However, like many others have said, I didn't want to spend a fortune on a vice (one can certainly do that) so I went with the least expensive, rotary vice I could find - the Griffin Spider. It completely changed my whole level of enjoyment of tying flies! And, since this was such a value, I also purchased the pedestal base, which gave me the ability to turn my work at different angles - then I got the parachute attachment, to make up for my lack of coordination required for those flies. Even with all these accessories, I still spent less than the next highest price vice. That's what I call value! I'm not an expert, but I cannot imagine a vice working better than this one, so why spend more?
May 14, 2010
Great first vise
I've just started tying flies and didn't want to spend a bunch of money on a high-end vise only for it to sit and gather dust a year from now. But I wanted something a little better than $20 vise. After reading review after review I decided the Griffin Odyssey was the way to go. Wow! Great vise for the money! I've tied about 40 flies so far, from #2 clousers to #18 nymphs, and the jaws hold them all nice and tight. And it's a good thing I saved money on the vise; my material inventory has grown substantially!!
February 4, 2010