Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
This is the first of it's family I've seen, collected from a tiny, fishless stream in the Cascades. The three species of this genus all live in the Northwest and are predators that primarily eat stonefly nymphs Merritt R.W., Cummins, K.W., and Berg, M.B. (2019).
Trtklr on Feb 26, 2009February 26th, 2009, 9:20 am EST
i have a regal type vise. i don't know who the brand maker is or if its patented or what, but i love it! i can go from a #2 hook to an 18 with no adjustments to make, open the jaws, place hook, and release. i have yet to have a hook move in it.
I have seen nothing more beautiful than the sunrise on a cold stream.
Wbranch on Feb 26, 2009February 26th, 2009, 4:21 pm EST
I have a Regal and an HMH and while I prefer the HMH for smaller flies and being able to swivel the jaws left or right to view the sides of the fly you can't beat the Regal for sheer hook holding power and I love it for the dozens of #6 - #3/0 Clousers I tie every season.
Redband on Feb 27, 2009February 27th, 2009, 6:03 pm EST
I love my Regal vise I purchased mine in the early 1990's and if you want to tie small flies get the midge head it's for small flies #16-#26 and has a different head and jaw design. I have tied on many different vises and really prefer all three of my Regal vises.
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Shawnny3 on Feb 28, 2009February 28th, 2009, 4:21 am EST
I personally have never tied on a Regal, but I have never heard a bad word about them. Everyone I know who has one loves it.
I use an HMH, and it has always been good for me, but then I'm not really picky about the vise I use - I'm certainly not about to drop $500 on something that holds a hook. The HMH ran me about $150 and serves its purpose.
Wbranch on Feb 28, 2009February 28th, 2009, 9:52 am EST
Is the Thompson A vise the one that is black cast iron with a big red cast iron wheel you turn to tigthen the hook into the vise?? If it is now that is an older vise! I had one of those from the time I was 13 years old until I was 47 and tied thousands of flies with it. Then I bought my clamp-on Regal. A few years later I was fortunate enough to get a clamp-on HMH for free.
Wbranch on Feb 28, 2009February 28th, 2009, 9:35 pm EST
I bought my Regal before the company brought out the swivel head model.
Two vises is enough enven though I'd like the swivel head on the Regal for tying streamers. Maybe when the economy improves and I have some extra money again.
Patcrisci on Mar 1, 2009March 1st, 2009, 3:54 am EST
Wbranch, my Thompson A is stainless steel/chrome construction with a cam action lever that grasps the hook in its jaws. The vise as is meant to be used by clamping it to a desk or table with a C-clamp, but I use a pedestal base that holds the stem of the vise. This makes it really easy to set up and take down or move from room to room when I want to. I think I paid $25 for it.
Wbranch on Mar 1, 2009March 1st, 2009, 6:32 am EST
Thanks for your response! I'd forgotten the model of that old vise. I think I gave it away to some young aspiring fly tier. Actually my very first vise came in a little fly tying kit my parents bought for me when I was just 12 years old. If my memory is correct it was made of cadium plated steel stampings. It was very simplistic and clamped onto my desk and I think the jaws closed via an arm that actuated a cam type affair that squeezed the jaws shut when I would lift and pull the metal arm to the rear of the vise. I bet if I looked hard enough on the Internet I could locate a picture of one. I still have a few of my very first flies I ever tied fifty four years ago! I wish I could have another fifty four years of this wonderful love of fly tying and trout fishing we all share.
Wbranch on Mar 1, 2009March 1st, 2009, 1:30 pm EST
I was looking for a picture of the Thompson Model B vise and came across this link for a Vise comparison shoot-out with prices points from $50 to $150. The article is well written and three tiers give there opinions on a ton of vises. Neat article and after reading the vise article click on the "Home" and check out the tremendous amount of info on all things fly fishing.
I found a site advertizing a regal spinoff at $45.,??? who's to say, might be right ,India,China? We're talking A-Z quality here,they did offer 100% back if disatisfied. You have searh for it tho. I'll do some backsearchin,see if I can follow thru. I have not been able to upgrade to rotary ,forsaking instead for the more necessary equipment.I've been using a T-A for 50 yrs. Mine will hold the smallest dry fly hook I use, Mustad 94842[#28 t.up tap. eye. and if your' wondering why 28's,it's because i got the minutae bug again, after 25 yrs. i'm searching for a good "1" wt. rod blank,,could be glass or graphite or composite..any education on this from you guys?thank again, omg.