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ashlandjack
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07/25/2020 06:19AM  
Going to start tying flies this winter. Would like advise on equipment. Would spend between $100 and $150 on vise. Also what are you using and are you satisfied with it.
 
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JATFOMike
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07/25/2020 07:35PM  
There’s a pretty wide range here.....I started out in the early 70’s on a Thompson A vice .....I think I paid $12.00 for it.....used it for quite awhile.....about 20 years ago, I pick d up an apex vice now made by Wolff industries. They are made in Indiana....very high quality. It comes with a clamp base and a pedestal base. I have been very pleased with it. Now a days it is priced at the top of your budget....I got it for half that 20 years ago.....starting out, you could probably pick up a cheapo for $20.00 or so and work on the basics and if you enjoy it, upgrade down the road. I would recommend going to a fly shop and tying on some of their vices to see how you like them. Flytyingforum.com and flyfishohio have some great review and tutorials......

Mike
 
ashlandjack
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07/26/2020 05:21AM  
Thanks for the advice Mike.
Jack
 
Savage Voyageur
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07/26/2020 10:58AM  
I was going to suggest Orvis, but wow those are some high prices. Look on Amazon, lots of good options there in your price range.
 
ashlandjack
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07/26/2020 12:12PM  
Savage Voyageur: "I was going to suggest Orvis, but wow those are some high prices. Look on Amazon, lots of good options there in your price range. " Yes want to stay in my budget.
 
Abbey
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07/29/2020 08:36PM  
I am happy with my Odyssey Spider, and you should be able to still find those well under $100. I don’t tie too much and mostly tie medium to large SMB and pike flies, if that makes a difference.
 
ashlandjack
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07/30/2020 07:34AM  
Thanks Abbey
Bass and pike are also my main target, though will try my luck in the spring for panfish.
 
flytyer
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07/30/2020 04:06PM  
The Orvis kit provides everything; vise, tools and materials with an instruction book. The Orvis retail stores also provide, free, fly tying classes in the spring of the year. You can also call a local fly shop and get an inexpensive vise, some tools and material for the flies you want to tie.
Good luck....fly tying can become very addictive.
 
ashlandjack
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07/30/2020 05:14PM  
Thanks flytyer
Yes I have seen some kits and may be the way to start. Jack
 
LoopyLoons
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02/12/2021 03:45AM  
How are you doing with starting? I made the mistake of buying a vise kit when I started. Yes you did get entry level equipment but this ended up being a waste of money. I found myself forcing the vice to do things it was not intended to. Quickly after I upgraded to a rotary vise. Loon makes a simple tool set that I have been a big fan of. This hobby is great for passing the time, but overall you will not save money.

If you plan on mainly tying for Bass and Pike I would recommend putting a little bit into a rotary vice that can handle large hooks. Youtube has a TON of instructional videos. Although I found myself learning more from books such as Blane Chockletts game changer and the feather benders fly tying techniques. Best of luck and happy paddling.
 
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