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Fly Tying Vises

Seven Tips For Buying a Fly Tying Vise Without Getting Ripped Off
By []Frank Ernhart

Tying fishing flies is called an art by many. In addition to being an "artist" it takes a good measure of manual dexterity. Also a keen eye for detail and in the beginning, you need patience. It also helps if you are a fly fisherman yourself. There's a certain amount of satisfaction involved when you invent a new pattern, try it out and find out it catches fish. To be successful you need to buy good tools but not necessarily expensive ones. The tool that is central to the process is the fly tying vise. If you are just beginning and consider fly tying to be a hobby you may opt for lower priced equipment.

Later on when you get to the point where you know you really enjoy it and would like to commercialize your hobby, you may want to upgrade to a higher quality vise.

Tip #1 - If you are a hobbyist and just beginning, don't spend a ton of money to get the best quality vise with all the bells an whistles. Stick to a reasonably priced vise that will do the job. You don't need the most expensive vise to be a good fly tier.

Tip #2 - To get more for your money, consider buying a used vise either from a fellow hobbyist who is upgrading, or eBay, or a live auction, or at flea markets that have dealers in fishing equipment. If you buy used check out carefully for wear, grooves, etc.

Tip #3 - Check out the Fly Tying websites where you will find information about what Fly Tying Vises are available. One of the most complete is the Ohio Fly Fishing site, but there are others as well.

Tip #4 - Decide what size flies you are likely to tie the most, then select a vise that works best for that size. Don't buy a vise to hold a gigantic hook if you are only tying small flies.

Tip#5 - Look for a vise that:

a - Holds hooks well

b - Is made of hard metal as opposed to soft

c - Locks down to the table top without any "wiggle"

Tip#6 - After you have narrowed down the choices, go to the consumer complaint sites such as ripoff reports, pissed consumers, to see if there are complaints about the manufacturers or sellers of the vises.

Tip#7 - Spend more on the fly tying materials and lessons from a pro, than on the vise.

As you gain experience your tying skills should make up for the inexpensive tools.

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