There are few experiences more rewarding than landing a big fish on a fly designed and made with your own hands. The first step is owning a quality vise. From this vise, you can craft your fly imitations and have a deeper level of satisfaction when landing fish.
In this article, we will look at five of the best rotary fly tying vise products available on the market. If you’re just getting interested in fly tying or are looking for an upgrade, we will have a vise for you.
What is the best fly tying vise?
A quick preview of what’s to come…
- Griffin Odyssey Spider
- Atlas Rotary
- Peak Rotary
- Orvis Renzetti Traveler 2000
- Regal Revolution
Griffin Odyssey Spider
Are you a beginner when it comes to tying your own flies? Are you looking for an affordable vise that still offers the technology and performance of a high-end rotary vise? If you answered yes, the Griffin Odyssey Spider Fly Tying Vise is the answer.
This is a true rotary vise that can hold a wide range of hook sizes from 4/0 to size 28 hooks. When purchased, this vise comes with both a C-clamp as well as a bobbin cradle.
The jaws remain locked tightly, and you don’t get much slippage when using hooks in the provided size range. The jaws feature a rubber O-ring to assist in maintaining a locked state, but because it is rubber, you may eventually need to replace with other O-rings or spring.
We are not big fans of the adjustment options for the bobbin holder, and it tends to be in the way more time than it is useful.
Some assembly is required, and you must attach the jaw bar at the proper angle to the main shaft for proper rotation. A hex wrench is included for assembly.
Two adjustment points for maintaining tight jaw lock are used, and it may take some time playing around with them to become proficient at getting a tight lock. Once you have them mastered, this jaw holds hooks great and can be adjusted quickly.
The rotary arm is easy to use, and this vise has a nice smooth rotation. The rotary handle angle can also be adjusted for your personal preference. If you can get the angle on the jaws right, you can have a true rotary vise without the high dollar price tag.
Is the Atlas Rotary Fly Tying Vise the best option for the money? We think so and we think after reading the specifications you will agree as well.
This vise can hold a very wide array of hook sizes from large bass hooks at size 7/0 all the way down to size 32 for the smallest of trout midge patterns. This vise can be easily adjusted to be suited for either left or right-handed tiers. The vise comes with both a balanced pedestal base as well as a C-clamp.
The rotation on this vise is smooth and consistent. We like the extended rotation handle that can be positioned in four different, predetermined locations.
We like the easy access you have to flies on this vise, and they are held in perfect alignment with the rotary arm for a tight rotation.
The jaws lock well on all sizes of hooks, and we enjoy the locking lever coming off the back of the jaw bars that don’t allow any slip on the hook when tying.
This vise includes a bobbin cradle, and it functions well. It can be easily adjusted and is not a nuisance when not in use. This vise is extremely rugged with its stainless steel construction and will hold up to travel and many fly fishing seasons to come.
Learn more about the Atlas Rotary Fly Tying Vise in the following video:
WARNING: After reading about the next vise you will be tempted to stop your search and buy this model immediately. Well, maybe not immediately, but you I can ensure that you certainly will be impressed with the Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise.
This vise is available with a C-clamp or pedestal base. We like the white-finished pedestal base that provides a nice contrast to crafting materials. It also comes with a bobbin holder that features easy height and length adjustments to coincide with the size of the fly you are tying.
This is a straightforward vise that performs well and is great for the weekend warrior fly tier. It is more limited in a number of adjustments that can be made, but this is a plus for most tiers who rarely utilize the full functionality of vises.
This is a durable and strong vise constructed from stainless steel, brass, and high-grade aluminum. The hardened steel jaws hold hooks securely throughout the tying process and will lock down on hook sizes ranging from 2/0 to size 24 with little slip unless you get down into the smaller hook sizes.
Jaws are adjusted with a single adjustment screw and a locking lever that remains out-of-the-way when tying.
The single rotation adjustment screw is easy to utilize and allows free rotation to total lock in any position along the 360-degree rotation path. It uses a plain rotary handle that some users might find more unwieldy, but it gets the job done.
There is no arm adjustment angle, so it will be difficult to get a consistent rotation of the fly along the arms axis for some hook sizes.
Learn more about the Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise in the following video:
Orvis Renzetti Traveler 2000
The Orvis Renzetti Traveler 2000 is one of the oldest models of fly tying vises that is still in use. Of course, the technology has been upgraded with it to keep up with the times, but it maintains its true rotary function and ease of use.
The vise comes with a heavy and balanced pedestal base with built-in pockets for holding hooks, beads, and other materials while tying. The vise also comes with an excellent and easily adjustable bobbin holder.
This vise can hold hook sizes between 4/0 and down to size 28 hooks giving it streamer to midge tying applications.
We like the small profile jaws and easy access to your fly that this vise provides. No other vise parts tend to get in the way when working on large or small hook sizes.
The vise can be fitted for both left and right-handed users easily and also features easy to access and adjust screw adjustments on the
The rotation is very smooth, and this vise has an extended rotary handle for easy use. The tension adjustment can be fine-tuned for a free rotating or fixed vise.
Take a closer look of the Orvis Renzetti Traveler 2000 in the following video:
Regal Revolution Rustic Pine
We are going to conclude our search, with the Regal Revolution Rustic Pine Tying Vise.
As the name implies, Regal vises can be considered royalty amongst those who like to tie their own flies. The Revolution is a high-end vise that provides high-end functionality and performance. This is an in-line rotary vise which means your hooks are always in perfect alignment with the rotary arm and gives you an even lay of dubbing, hackle, or any other material used on your fly.
The vise comes with a bronze pocket base that has built-in pockets to hold materials while tying. Right out of the box, this vise is easy to assemble and ready to start tying.
This particular model comes with traditional head jaws, but you can purchase big game or midge jaws separately. The traditional head jaws can handle hook sizes from 2/0 to size 24 without sacrificing any holding strength of accessibility.
Regarding adjusting for different hook sizes, you don’t ever have to worry about that with the Regal Revolution. This vise locks tight at all times and will adjust to whatever size hook you use without any manual adjustments needed. Simply use the jaw lever to open the jaws, slide your hook in, and start tying.
The rotation on this vise is unmatched. It spins almost on its own when the friction adjustment is totally open, and it keeps consistent revolutions with high-quality ball bearings.
This is an American made vise that is second to none in quality and performance.
What makes the Regal Revolution Rustic Pine Tying Vise stand out from the rest? Check out the following video:
Fly fishing in of itself is an extremely rewarding experience for most anglers. There is a deeper joy and sense of satisfaction that can be obtained, and it is through landing fish on flies of your design and craftsmanship.
The first step is owning a vise that will give you the most advantages in tying flies and the five products on this list will not disappoint.
What is the best fly tying vise? Please share with us your experience in the comments below.