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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

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.

Artistic view of a Perlodidae (Springflies and Yellow Stones) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
This one seems to lead to Couplet 35 of the Key to Genera of Perlodidae Nymphs and the genus Isoperla, but I'm skeptical that's correct based on the general look. I need to get it under the microscope to review several choices in the key, and it'll probably end up a different Perlodidae.
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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Charlotte, NC

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NCNympher on Dec 1, 2016December 1st, 2016, 11:26 am EST
Hey guys,

Im trying to decide on what vise I should purchase next. I only tie flies that are #14-#22 and need a vise that is tailored towards those smaller sizes. It is also imperative I have a rotary feature on the vise. I have been looking at a Dyna-King Barracuda Junior Trekker which seems like a good one for the money. My price limit is about $300. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again... as many times as I cast hoping for a fish to take my fly, I ought to be in an asylum by now!
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Dec 2, 2016December 2nd, 2016, 2:25 am EST
There are lots of very good vises out there that cost less than $300.00. Check out this full rotary at Bass Pro. I have two vises, a older non rotating Regal for larger flies and a HMH with two sets of jaws for #12 - #26 flies. The HMH rotates but I wouldn't call it a real rotary. I can rotate it towards, or away, from me if I want to see the back side or bottom of the fly. I really don't need a true rotary feature because I am not in a hurry to finish a fly.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Roguerat on Dec 2, 2016December 2nd, 2016, 2:49 am EST

I'll agree with Matt that there's lots of vises for less than $ 300.

I bought a Renzetti Traveler 'basic' (no anodizing, just polished aluminum) for $ 160 or so a couple years back and really enjoy tying with it.

I appreciate the rotary feature for winding on dubbing or longer hackle and like Matt said, it speeds up the tying process and allows one to inspect a fly from different angles...but I still use my Thompson 'A' non-rotary and it's a great vise too, IMHO.

Welcome, and nice fish in your profile picture!


'Less is more...'

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bancroft michigan

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Partsman on Dec 2, 2016December 2nd, 2016, 8:32 am EST
My wife got me a griffin blackfoot mongoose last year, I like it. Like Matt I don't use the rotary option for quick tying, but I do like to look at all angles as work. The price was right at about $150.00.
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New Zealand

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Troutbum32 on Jun 3, 2019June 3rd, 2019, 10:42 pm EDT
Just in case anyone is still looking. You can get a complete fly tying kit for much less than $300. There are a bunch of recommendations here for a beginner fly tying kit to get started. They are available on Amazon for between $50 and $150.
20 Years Fly Fishing in New Zealand and abroad.
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Iasgair on Jun 18, 2019June 18th, 2019, 11:28 am EDT
I have the Peak Rotary vise, and I love it. It's around $150, and it will tie the size flies you want right from the start. I have had mine for over ten years and see no reason to replace it, and it may be another ten years before it wears down to where I may need a new one.

Matt, Roguerat and partsman gave great advise on different vises that are really great tools and value.

But not all vises are the same. What I mean is, where you place the hook, angles are different on different vises, and the height as well. Peak has it's jaws just a bit lower than others, so what you want to do is go to a fly shop that sells vises and place what would be your material hand, since I'm right handed and tie with my right hand, my material hand is my left, and place it on top of the main axle as if your placing wings onto a hook and see if it's comfortable for you.

But all the vises mentioned are excellent, and I'm sure you'll like whatever you get.

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