Super AA Vise
I bought this vise just to start, and it did i enjoyed it but it only lasted 1 month. The vise then wouldnt lock on the hooks. This is cheap but for a reason, I strongly suggest spending a couple extra bucks and getting a quality vise.
August 9, 2011
Super AA Vise
I began tying flies in 1980 after fly-fishing since the 70's. I got this vise (less than $5.00) in a fly tying class and have used it ever since. After tying probably thousands of flies from size 22 to size 4 for trout, this vise still does the job. Yes, every now and then the hook will slip down or pop out with larger hooks; however, I don't think I have ever ruined a fly because of this. After 30 years, I still use this vise and have never needed a more expensive one. The spring around the base works great holding materials out of the way while building bodies or waiting to use material that has to be tied in the fly before being used, many times in the final step. You cannot beat this vise as a beginner or experienced tier.
March 20, 2011
Gets the Job Done... Sometimes
I got this vise with the Trout Tying Kit, also available from Bass Pro, and it works marginally well. I've been tying on this vise for about 2 months, and its consistent, but not consistently great. It does hold the hook well most of the time, and it is pretty easy to adjust to fit other hook sizes. The only drawback with this vise is that sometimes I have had to stop in the middle of a fly to adjust and re-tighten the jaws because the hook was slipping. This has caused some headaches and frustration, but I've only ruined 5 or 10 flies due to this problem out of dozens upon dozens of flies I've tied successfully using this vise. Great to learn on, but not a good choice if you need something to hold a hook steady like a rock for years on end. If you want something that really kicks butt, get one of the higher end vises like a Griffin or a Peak. Not a lot of complaints about this vise, but its not exactly top-of-the-line.
February 27, 2011