White River Fly Shop Classic Vise
Great for beginners
This is the first vise I ever owned and I think that it has fulfilled its job nicely, I strongly recommend for a beginner
January 3, 2014
Doe what it is supposed to do
Not bad for the price. Holds the hook securely. The c-clamp is a little limiting though and it can sometimes be hard to find a surface that it will clamp to because it is so small. If the surface has a tapered edge you can forget about it. You need a table with a nice square edge. I clamp mine to a wooden TV Dinner Tray - makes for a nice portable tying station.
July 9, 2012
For the price it works. Nothing too fancy about it.
January 11, 2015
First vise and still use it
Combined with the table top base (about $20) this makes a great vice for beginners and intermediate tyers at around $40 total cost. I've tied from 6/0 saltwater to size 22 trout flies. I like it because it has jaws small enough for tying tiny trout flies and it has complete access on the left (vise# side of the flies #most rotary vises have limited acess to the left side).
I've actually bought and used a couple other vises, including a rotary vise that works great #can't beat a rotary for speed on some flies), but I keep going back to this one for my basic tying.
Only negative for me is that I had to add a washer to the clamping lever at the back of the vise to get it clamped down on the small #18 - #22 flies. took 10 minutes and a 10 cent washer, and I haven't had to do anything else in four years of tying.
It won't win any prizes with the high-end tyers, but I like mine so much that I gave one to a friend as a Christmas gift.
December 22, 2014