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  1. #11
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    I'm with Randall. I have had my Renzetti for over 5 years and have tied hundreds of flies and have never had a lick of trouble from it. If the o-ring ever does give out, you can replace it for less than $1 with a new o-ring from Lowes.

    As far as the rotary feature is concerned, I rarely (never) use it to spin flies around and around, but when tying on curved shanked caddis hooks, I find it easier to dub, etc (without clipping the thread on the hook point) by rotating the fly 90 degrees toward me when wrapping the lower portion of the fly (as close to the bend as possible) and then sitting it back upright to complete the fly. Couldn't do that with a stationary vise. Its nice to have an option like that, especially if it doesn't cost any more...

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

  2. #12
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    Default New front Runner

    I played with the Renzetti a little and I think it has stepped into the front runner position. I still really like the simplicity of the HMH but for similiar money I can't see why I wouldn't get the rotary feature. I have heard a little criticism of the o-ring feature, but it seems that it is more about the concept than actual performance. Concerns about the o-ring concept was one of the reasons I was looking at the dyna-king, which I also played with the same day. And while it looked and maybe felt a little more solid or substantial it was nowhere as smooth as the Renzetti and had what I would call a "notchy" feel.
    Anymore thoughts or experiences appreciated. This will probably be a Christmas present, so I am still trying to make up my mind as to which one to "ask for".

    Mike

  3. #13
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    All of them are good vises. I would try to go somewhere and put my hands on as many of them as I could. Mount a few hooks, see how your hands fit on the vice, look at the finish to be sure it doesn't have too much glare, see how the height of the vise suits you, think about which one gives you the most headroom to work around the fly, That is really important if you are going to be tying very small flies. Look at what accessories come with the vise, some include bobbin hangers, material clips, and carry bags or cases. Everyone has features they like and dislike, you just need to weight all the options. I very rarely use the rotary function on mine for anything other than looking at the back side or the bottom of the fly or to reposition the fly to tie in something. Having the ability to positioning the fly to make the tying in of some material easier is nice, but both of these can be accomplished simply with a vise that will rotate 360 degrees. It sure beats having to take the fly out of the vise and turn it upside down with some flies.
    "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
    Salvador Dali

  4. #14
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    I have had three differrent vices. I like my Renzetti Traveler the best.

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