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I am looking to start tying jigs, what would be a good starter vise?

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I got that 15 dollar one from Bass Pro. http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Classic-Vise/product/98228/

 

The brass head is perfect length to lay the skirt tabs up against it to make an even skirt. Its sturdy as hell and easy to put up and take down. I have mine on my bench in the garage. It comes with a heavy film of oil to prevent it from rusting. Even comes with a nice cardboard box for it.

 

For 15 bucks it was a steal. I can see myself tying my own jigs for the rest of my life and honestly never needing a new vise.

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Spend a little more and you won't be sorry, especially if you ever decide to try tying hair jigs. I have a Griffin Odyssey Sider Vise, it is a true rotary vise meaning you don't have to take you jig out and turn it around to get at the bottom ot top of the jig depending on how you had it in the vise in the first place. It has a lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S.A.  and the best part is it only cost $85 bucks. I know it sounds like a lot compared to $15 but trust me, I tied on a cheap AA vise for a long time, had I known what a difference it was to tie on a better quality vise with a rotary function I would have got one in a heart beat.

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I got that 15 dollar one from Bass Pro. http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Classic-Vise/product/98228/

 

The brass head is perfect length to lay the skirt tabs up against it to make an even skirt. Its sturdy as hell and easy to put up and take down. I have mine on my bench in the garage. It comes with a heavy film of oil to prevent it from rusting. Even comes with a nice cardboard box for it.

 

For 15 bucks it was a steal. I can see myself tying my own jigs for the rest of my life and honestly never needing a new vise.

x2.  Own the same.  Works great!

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I have a rotary vise like smalljaw.  I use it for all of my maribous and bucktails.  When I wire tie living rubber I use a bench vise so I can pull against it.  It is a lot sturdier than my rotary.  When I use tabs and collars I don't need a vise.

 

 

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Live and learn I have been down this road with vices as well. I now have a vice like Smalljaw and Jig Man you can't get a better vice for the money. I had a BPS vice when I first started tying, I quickly grew out of it because it really was useless for tying with thread. I tie my flat rubber skirt tabs on my jigs in my hand. I don't use a vice for that.

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I use a Regal and have had it for years and years. Started tying flys with it and moved up to large jigs many years ago and its been a battleship for holding up and a great company to work with. Expensive yes...but when measured over the years it's been reasonable.

Tight Lines

P.S. I like the freestanding base and also if you can get a notch in the tip it's even better.

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Hate to bring out an old thread, but the vises you guys are talking about, will they hold a 4/O hook or did you have to buy other jaws.  it seems all the vises i am looking at require saltwater jaws to hold a 4/O hook.

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You cant go wrong with the Griffin Spider Vise, for under $100 its probably the best one out there. It will hold a 4/0 hook and it rotates, plus if any part break Griffin will replace it free. I'd recommend getting a heavy iron base for it too, but thats because I hate vises with C clamps because of how close the vise ends up being.

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I love my renzetti traveler with a base. I bought it in my beginning of tying flies, I can see having it for a lifetime.

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