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So i've been an avid fly fisherman for the past five years or so. Starting out chasing trout as often as I could, and later on changing my focus to chasing steelhead all over the northwest. I've always wanted to get into tying my own flies but had a hard time committing the time/resources to get started.

Recently a friend of mine gave me a few materials to get me started. So that was a good push in the right direction. Now I'm looking to accumulate all the stuff I need to get a decent little tying setup started.

Hoping somebody out there has a vise they're not using that they're willing to part ways with. Most of the information I've gathered says I should be using a rotary vise? But i'm open to ideas and suggestions since this is something that's so new to me.

Thanks for your help!
 

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if you get to a fishing show over the winter, and there are vise manufactures there, test some out, better still, go to a fly shop and test out some.

I've tied on regal (currently) anvil atlas, and Cottarelli (currently also.
They all are good vises...and you'll find everyone has their own preference.
 

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I am far from the level of expertise of many tiers here, but I do love to tie... a LOT! I would say that a full rotary vise isn’t really all that critical. Nice to have, but not really needed for quality tying. Now a vise with a head that will rotate 360 degrees is almost a “must have” imo. Regal Medallion vises are another good option to look into, good value for the money imo. You can probably go with a C-clamp vise (depending on your tying desk), and you can always opt to buy a pedestal base at a later date.
 

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Pick a few proven patterns that largely have the same materials so you don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of materials to only tie one pattern. I’d also buy a golden pheasant skin. Theyre about 15-20$ but they’ve got almost any feather you’ll need. Be sure to post your flies on here too. Getting feedback will help you along
 

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Vises

Can't go wrong with a Regal or an HMH. I've tried several vises and very much enjoy both of these.

Make sure to get bigger jaws for the HMH if you're going to be using tube adapters. My HMH adapter just barely fits into the standard jaws of the HMH. Regal is no issue.

The Griffin 3ARP is a really great budget vise. As stated, don't worry about springing for an expensive rotary. Just being able to rotate the fly 360 is magical once you get tying. I cut my teeth on a $40 Griffin Superior 2A.

Have fun!!
 

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Dyna-king Kingfisher Vise

I've got a Dyna-King Kingfisher vise that would be the perfect starter for fly tying.
It's the c-clamp model and will fit any table up to approx. 2' inches.
There is plenty of info on the web about this product.
Willing to get you started for $50 bucks.
Or if you would like me to put together a fly tying material package along with the vise for $100.
Depending on what you plan to tie I can customize this for you if interested.
Happy to help out someone starting out!
Just send me a message.
 

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Thanks, I'll send ya a message!


I've got a Dyna-King Kingfisher vise that would be the perfect starter for fly tying.
It's the c-clamp model and will fit any table up to approx. 2' inches.
There is plenty of info on the web about this product.
Willing to get you started for $50 bucks.
Or if you would like me to put together a fly tying material package along with the vise for $100.
Depending on what you plan to tie I can customize this for you if interested.
Happy to help out someone starting out!
Just send me a message.
 

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you can have everything I own for 3k and still turn a 7k profit.
for the serious.

cheers,
shawn with the dingo vice
 

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You won't save a penny; but you will get exactly what you tie; not what someone else puts on the hook. Both good and bad; but much easier to make some subtle changes to last years hot pattern; and make them the go to fly again this year.

Lol i've been warned its dangerous starting to tie flies, and not to do it for any chance of saving money :nerd:
 

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With a deal like that

He better have your address already LOL

I've got a Dyna-King Kingfisher vise that would be the perfect starter for fly tying.
It's the c-clamp model and will fit any table up to approx. 2' inches.
There is plenty of info on the web about this product.
Willing to get you started for $50 bucks.
Or if you would like me to put together a fly tying material package along with the vise for $100.
Depending on what you plan to tie I can customize this for you if interested.
Happy to help out someone starting out!
Just send me a message.
 
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I started tying on a Thompson A vice , given to me by a guy named Hank Roberts (some of you might recognize the name, my dad used to tie with him) back in the 60's. I still have that vise and use it to teach people that want to take up this addiction. After many years, I decided I needed a sturdier vice for larger bugs, I went with a Regal with both a pedestal base for tying at home, and a c-clamp for tying in my trailer. Then, when I started tying commercially, I went with a Dyna King Supreme c-clamp, but found that my Regal held the hooks just as well. After about 12 dozen flies per day, I found the Dyna King was just easier on my hand. The fly shop I worked in for years, had a row of Regals that we tied on every day while we were open. I can't guess how many flies came out of those vises.
I guess what I'm getting at, is you don't need to spend a ton of money for a vise that has all the fancy features. Get one that fits you and will do what you expect to tie. Go to a sports show and see what the tiers use.
Your description has you as a "Clearwater" home base. There is going to be a show at the Clearwater Casino, outside Lewiston, ID, I believe in April. They always have a good selection of tiers more than willing to give out pointers.
PM me if I can help anymore- I'm in Orofino. Good luck!
 
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