There is nothing that drives me crazier than a vise that will not hold the hook… and after years of teaching kids and senior citizens, I have come to realize just how vital my Dyna-King is! Although Dyna-King makes an array of top-notch tools for the job, The Dyna-King Professional in my vise of choice. From bass to billfish bugs, this vise shows no weakness. Various sized groves in the jaws allow all Dyna-King vises to clamp down on even the most gigantic saltwater hooks with zero hook slip. The widest groove at the back of the jaw works best for larger ought size hooks, while the next smaller groove is better suited for securing the lower end of the saltwater hook spectrum.
Choosing a vise that fits your budget and needs is difficult, especially if you are new to the craft or haven’t had the chance to try before you buy. That being said…When it comes to choosing a fly tying vise, you get what you pay for, so if you can stretch your budget, this is where you want to do it.
If the Dyna-King Professional Vise price tag isn’t in the budget, the Dyna-King King Fisher is the most affordable high-quality vise found anywhere. It is the perfect entry-level vise for budget-conscious or new tyers. Small yet durable, the Dyna-King King Fisher is made of the finest materials. Notch- lock cam, famous hook holding capability, and 360-degree rotation. The Dyna-King King Fisher vise shares the same high-quality notched jaw at an entry-level budget.
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My main vice is a Dyna King Pro and I sometimes use a Regal, but the Kingfisher is my backup vice. It is an excellent vise on it's own and it is always with me when I tie at shows and shops near and far. When I travel to the tropics, it is the only vise I take. It has the advantage of being compact, lightweight, and fully functional. In my opinion, there is not a better vice for the beginner. I have heard most of the hype about rotary vices and if you are really into wrapping chenille around a hook, you should get one. I have been tying for almost forty years and have never found the need for a rotary vice. If you decide do get something bigger or fancier, you will always have this vice in case there are problems with your primary vice. I never do this (ahem..hardly ever) but if you were to leave your primary vice at home, you always have a perfect spare.