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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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UP of Michigan

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RiverRocks on Sep 5, 2016September 5th, 2016, 10:19 am EDT
I'm currently looking for a cheaper ($150-$300) vise to tie Atlantic salmon flys on. I've been using a cheap Cabelas vise for around 6 months now and I figured it was time for an upgrade. I would like a vise that you can tie larger flys (streamers) on and smaller flys (wire flys, small dry flies).
I've looked at vises like Renzetti Traveler and The Montana Mongoose. I would only like recommendations on pedestal vises. The littlest of help would be greatly appreciated.

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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Sep 6, 2016September 6th, 2016, 4:29 pm EDT
Get a rotary Regal and you will be able to do all you desire. Flies as small as a #20 and Atlantic salmon and streamer flies to 3/0. I'm quite sure it is less than $300. The spring operated jaw holds hooks instantly and they do not move. Hooks will bend before they move in the jaws. Another nice feature is the back jaw has a radial groove in it that aids in securing larger hooks. I use my non rotary Regal to tie hundreds of Clouser minnows and steelhead flies every year.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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UP of Michigan

Posts: 5
RiverRocks on Sep 7, 2016September 7th, 2016, 5:53 pm EDT
Thanks for the ad-vise, ha. Looks like I will be doing a Regal then, heard from multiple people that it's a really nice vise.

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