The 10 Best Fly Tying Vises

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in February of 2017. In order to land a prized tarpon or tasty trout, you'll need to have a great lure, and the best way to get one is to make your own. One of the rotary vises on our list will help you do just that in less time and with fewer errors than you could manage freehand. They run the gamut in price, though, as with anything, you get what you pay for in terms of quality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Peak Fishing Rotary

2. Griffin Odyssey Spider

3. Stonfo Transformer

Editor's Notes

August 30, 2019:

Flying tying vises are designed to do one thing, making creating your own lures significantly easier. Because of that, our focus was on features that enhance that. Of course, we weren't willing to sacrifice on quality just for convenience, so the models on our list are also extremely well made. The only exception to this would be the Creative Angler Super AA Chrome. However, we believe its extremely low price can make it a good choice for somebody who is just testing out making their own lures and not yet ready to buy a more expensive model.

While the Stonfo Transformer was one of our favorite models because of the versatility it offers, it didn't claim our top spot due to its exorbitant price. Instead, that honor went to the Peak Fishing Rotary, which we feel even the most experienced fly tiers will be happy with. It offers smooth rotation, produces a secure hold on hooks, and features a build quality that could make it last a lifetime.

Those who like to tie their lures in the field, or perhaps at picnic table near the water, should consider the Griffin Montana Mongoose, Regal Vise Travel, and Zephr Travel Kit, as they are all designed for convenient transport.

Whatever model you choose, always remember that having a good fly won't be enough to get you that prized catch. It may help you hook it, but if you want to be able to land it, you'll also need a great fly rod.

Special Honors

Dyna-King Ultimate Indexer Made from a combination of brass, steel, and aluminum, the Ultimate Indexer offers just the right balance of durability and weight. Not only is it completely assembled by hand, but all of its parts are also hand sanded and polished to ensure you get a pristine and perfectly functioning tool. Plus, it can hold hooks from 8/0 all the way down to 22, so it offers a good amount of lure versatility.

Snowbee Waldron Capable of holding large and small hooks, and offering silky-smooth rotation, the Waldron is a handy device to have in any Angler's toolbox. It is CNC engineered to ensure extremely tight tolerances and has jaws with a Rockwell C 58 hardness rating, so it will perform just as well on day one as day 1,000.

4. Griffin Montana Mongoose

5. Wolff Industries Inc. Apex

6. Renzetti Traveler 2000

7. Danica DanVise

8. Regal Vise Travel

9. Zephr Travel Kit

10. Creative Angler Super AA Chrome

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