I'm looking to get into tying some flies and i'm looking for suggestions on a vise. I'm not trying to spend $250 in case I can't take to it. Also would like to see if anyone has one for sale.
I saw this thread while at lunch & was going to post that same review. My 1st vise was a Danvise. I no longer have it for 2 reasons...1) I fell into a new Renzetti Traveler for $75.00 (it was used once!) & 2) a cancer stricken friend of mine had become unsteady with his hands but could still tie on the Danvise, so I gave it to him. The Danvise may be the best "bang for the buck" available.
Just to add one more thing, it tends to come up a lot when the HMH name is dropped that "Oh, it's not a rotary vise!" 1) this is true except when the head angle is set horizontal, which is perfect (in my opinion) for streamer tying. And 2) at least for me, the only time I have ever wanted rotary action in a vise was when tying streamers. It makes it simple and quick to wrap body material on a larger streamer like x-cut rabbit or anything in a long dubbing loop. On small hooks and dry flies, I almost never use a rotary function, but different strokes for different folks, I guess. I keep the head angle horizontal for all streamers because I get a ton of room to work on both sides of the hook, usually at a steeper angle for small nymphs and dries.There are a ton of great recommendations everyone has given. I have personally moved up the vice food chain as the years of tying have gotten more varied. I just have one piece of advice for you OP.
Make sure to get a Rotary Vice!
Anything else will piss you off when your fly tying skills improve with time.
As far as the machined, $250 beauty..lets just say it's the LAST vice you'll ever buy and plan on handing it down then you've taken your last breath, lol.