A most sophisticated work of steel and brass standing with the best of the fly world’s finest fly tying vises.   A streamside, HAND HELD FLY TYING VISE that grew into the solid brass and high grade steel, BENCH TOP FLY TYING VISE you see here, created by my colleague John Millar of British Columbia

Several years ago I concocted the idea of, and helped design, a HAND HELD TRAVEL VISE, now made by JOHN MILLAR, machinist extraordinaire, well-known throughout the USA, Canada and the world as one of the finest custom gun makers.

A few years after he refined the hand held vise a surprise package from John arrived at my home and inside was his first BENCH TOP VISE, a gift in exchange for some minor leather work .  I continue to advertise and administer the sale of both vises for John Millar.  Please contact me for further details, or purchase of the vise(s).

A TRUE ROTARY VISE BENCH TOP VISE, colour case hardened with charcoal/bone meal.  African blackwood and engraved accents grace this finely crafted tying vise with a 10 pound (4.54 kg) brass base in solid brass.  Turning on needle bearings your hook rotates smoothly at a speed you control with an adjustable knob (center, top), The hook rotates on its own axis, adjusted with and alignment pin, insuring even applications of thread to the fly with each turn of the handle, while the bobbin hangs free from the extended thread arm.  The vise head, with hook groove, adjusts to align larger or smaller hook sizes.  See photo’s above for detailed views. $1800 US.

The vise head is removable to become a TRAVEL VISE when mounted on a brass ‘platform’ (A leather hand strap is mounted on the brass platform to secure the assembly to the hand).  The vise head slides back and forward and, tilts up and down to allow adjustment to fit individual hands.  The hand held vise assembly is included with the BENCH TOP VISE at no extra cost.  As a ‘stand alone’, item the TRAVEL VISE as described above is available for $550 US


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