Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise Review

Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise Review

After using the same vise for around six years now, I decided to upgrade to a Peak rotary fly tying vise. I did a lot of research and looked at several vises for a few years before decided on this one.  Another big contender in my search was the Renzetti Traveler and of course a Regal.  The Regal was a little too far out of my price range, but I do like their vises a lot and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making them.

I’ve never had a rotary vise, so I was interested in trying one out.  So far, I love it.   The ability to turn the vise while wrapping dubbing or hackle is a huge plus, and took me a little time to get used to it.  I prefer having the pedestal base over a clamp vise.  I like having it centered on my table rather than hanging over the edge, and the heavy base keeps it extremely steady on my table while tying. I’ve also never had a bobbin holder, so it’s been interesting incorporating that into my tying.

The peak has a lot of different options, and you can completely customize the way you tie with it over time.  I like that the bobbin holder pivots so easily, so that I can move it into and out of place as needed.  It also feels extremely solid, and the clamps tighten up quite well.   I tie many flies in sizes 24 and smaller, and I was worried I might need a midge jaw to go that small.  So far, I’ve tied a size 26 with no problems at all.

The other reason I choose this vise over others is the price.  At a $154.99 retail price point, you can’t really beat that for the quality and design of this vise.  I actually ended up buying mine from another angler that runs a small business, and ended up getting the vise, two material clips, and the d-arm for a bit less than $130.  I think it’s important to support local shops and angler owned businesses whenever possible.  I try to avoid buying my fishing gear, supplies, or fly fishing books from places like Amazon. Readers of the blog may have noticed that I’m quite thrifty, and I am willing to wait for a good deal.  Much like angling, I find that patience and persistence always rewards!

Here are a few pictures from my newly established tying corner in DC.  I made it out to the Gunpowder River in Maryland for a few hours already, and had a lot of fun.

 

The Peak Fly tying vise ready to tie
My fly tying corner
Another view of the Peak, along with this beautiful brook trout decoy I came across several months ago

 

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