Since the name of my column is “Views From My Side of the Vise”, I thought I should talk about fly tying vises. Or, at least my experiences with the
different vises that I have owned.

My tying journey started with a tying kit from Cabela’s. It came with a basic non-rotary vise. The vise did its job and held a hook tightly. It was extremely difficult, however, to adjust and some smaller hooks tended to slip in the jaws. This vise did give me a good start to fly tying.

From my beginner vise, I did a minor upgrade and got an EZ Rotary Vise. This gave me a nice step up from my first vise. It was much easier to
adjust in order to hold a hook in place and was a nice vise — worth the money I paid for it.

My first quality vise was a Peak Rotary Vise. It was big, heavy and well-built and was easy to ad￾just and held the hook very tight. I’d recommend
this vise to anyone.

About this time, I joined the Laughing Trout Fly Tying Club. Most of the folks there were tying on a Renzetti Traveler Vise. Since I cannot stand up to
peer pressure, I sold my Peak and got a Traveler. This is another high quality vise and all that you will ever need.

Well, anyone but me. I eventually sold that Traveler and got a Renzetti Presentation 4000. This is just a little higher quality as compared to the Traveler. I still have this vise and use it all of the time.

My fly tying vise journey was still not complete. Several years ago, I bought a Renzetti Master. It’s a high quality vise and should be for what it cost.
This vise stays on the desktop in my tying room and I use it every day.

Since I got the Master, I did go back and get another Renzetti Traveler that I keep on the tying desk at my lake cabin. I also picked up a Griffin
Mongoose that I use if I am going on a trip.

So, what have I learned along the way? The first thing is to find a vise that looks and feels the way you like when you are tying on it. I recommend
going to your local fly shop to check out their options. They will be more than happy to help you and probably even let you test drive a couple
different models to see what you like and what you are comfortable with.

The biggest thing I have learned along the way is that a better vise will not make you a better fly tyer; only practice will do that. High-end vises are
very nice to tie on, are silky smooth and for me are worth the extra money, but they’re not foreveryone. Try a couple different vises and figure out what works for you.

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