Joined: 02 Apr 2006 Posts: 3 Location: fairfield maine USA
Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:02 pm Post subject:
I really like all the adjustments on this tool. Hope you don't mind but I linked to your page on a local forum from Maine. You have a great picture on your site of a trout that looks to be swimming in air.
Joined: 30 Mar 2006 Posts: 14 Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:57 pm Post subject:
The Griffin Blackfoot Mongoose was reviewed here http://www.flyfishohio.com/Vise%20Review%201/so_many_vises.htm None of the vises examined in the review exceeded $150, so they are a step - or several - below what is shown in this thread. That said I think you'll find the Mongoose cam to be a very nice vice. I'd also suggest the Peak as a good, affordable alternative.
Joe C. _________________ Joe Cornwall
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
I don't have that exact vises, but my experience with Dyna King and Griffin can be useful to you:
I have a Barracuda, bigger than the Barracuda Trekker. A HUGE Vise which has the same jaws and system than the Trekker. I use that vise for large flies, tyed over saltwater hooks like Mustad 34007, from 1/0 to 5/0. It is great for large flies because the jaws have two sets of deep serrations where the gap of those big hooks fits perfectly. Literally you can break the hook shank before it moves on the jaws. But I had problems with medium sized hooks for trout, #8 or #6, they slip when you apply some tension on the thread.
The Griffin Mongoose has the same new Cam System of almost all versions of Griffin Vises (I have a Patriot Vise). It has a great holding power for "freshwater" hooks, they stay solidly attached while tying, but doesn't work too well with hooks bigger than 2/0.
So, my recommendation is the same one guy gave me on a forum some yars ago: It depends on what you are going to tie most. If you are going to tie a lot of trout flies, much more than big saltwater flies, go for the Griffin, or watch the Renzetti traveler, both are great vises for that job, but start looking for a stronger vise. If you are going to tie more salwater flies than small ones, go for the Trekker (You won't need the larger size of the Barracuda because both have the same jaws) but think on a light vise for the other flies.
For all kind of flies I can recommend you the Regal Rotary, great hook holding power but it isn't "true rotary", or the Renzetti Master (I don't have it, but I tryed one) but it costs US$630, too much money for a vise. _________________ Best,
Joined: 27 Mar 2006 Posts: 28 Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:15 am Post subject:
Thank you Carlos for your opinion
I think I will buy Griffin vice,becouse I mostly tie on 12-14nr hooks
Ranzetti Master is too expensive for me,Traveler is too small for tying at home..
I will write my experiences with my new vice
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