Rotary vises, plus

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bearbutt wrote:So many people started out on a Thompson--and you know how it is, the memory of the first vise--and first vice.

I started out on a rotary in 1973. A Universal rotary. They were made in Westfield, Mass., and I grew up in western Mass and fished the Westfield--and Farmington, and Swift. It was the local company--so why not?

My go-to vise at home is now a Regal with the rotation head. Not rotary. It does the job for when I need to see the back side, when laying down wingsets, or trimming deer hair (Muddlers, Stimulators, and so on).

But when I travel, I take my little old Universal rotary--it's made of aluminum, light, folds compactly--nothing fancy about it. The big round rotation arm reminds me of the arm on my mother's Necchi sewing machine. But for a period in the 60s and early 70s, it was a vise of some reknown--if you look through Valla's Founding Flies you can see a lot of names tying on the vise--Helen Shaw, Lew Oatman, Keith Fulsher.

I'm using it now at the cabin in the Adirondacks:

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The fly is a big dun stimulator that I use for the stoneflies on the Ausable. The rotary feature really helps a lot when trimming the elk hair up near the eye. You can't tie these too big or too bushy, it seems--the big browns just gobble them up.

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Re: Rotary vises, plus

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Nice Ed, bought mine about the same time. My only wish is they made the jaws out of a more durable material, wore mine out on big hooks. I remember my vise squeaked as it was being rotated, kind of irritated my wife if she was in earshot. Thanks for the memories, glad your still enjoying yours.

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I have a number of vises both old and new but none are a "true" rotary. I tried a Norvise at a fly show a number of years ago and just couldn't get the hang of it. I suppose if I tied all the time with one I'd like it but I don't need an excuse to buy another vise.......
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Re: Rotary vises, plus

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bearbutt wrote:So many people started out on a Thompson--and you know how it is, the memory of the first vise--and first vice.

I started out on a rotary in 1973. A Universal rotary. They were made in Westfield, Mass., and I grew up in western Mass and fished the Westfield--and Farmington, and Swift. It was the local company--so why not?

My go-to vise at home is now a Regal with the rotation head. Not rotary. It does the job for when I need to see the back side, when laying down wingsets, or trimming deer hair (Muddlers, Stimulators, and so on).

But when I travel, I take my little old Universal rotary--it's made of aluminum, light, folds compactly--nothing fancy about it. The big round rotation arm reminds me of the arm on my mother's Necchi sewing machine. But for a period in the 60s and early 70s, it was a vise of some reknown--if you look through Valla's Founding Flies you can see a lot of names tying on the vise--Helen Shaw, Lew Oatman, Keith Fulsher.

I'm using it now at the cabin in the Adirondacks:

Image

The fly is a big dun stimulator that I use for the stoneflies on the Ausable. The rotary feature really helps a lot when trimming the elk hair up near the eye. You can't tie these too big or too bushy, it seems--the big browns just gobble them up.

bb
Wow, that's the same vice I use at camp. It was something my grandfather had and I never knew much about it until your post. Thanks for the history lesson.

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