Basic Vise Form Factor
It looks massive but nothing seems to get in the way. Sets up as a right-hander or southpaw, as you like. The top makes a good hand-steadying rest for your off-hand.
The vertical stalk is tall enough for a bobbin to hang but not a lot taller. There’s a supplied 2. 75-inch vertical stalk extension which seems to be intended mostly for table clamp (rather than pedestal base) users. If you put some kind of lock washer on the stalk extension, I think it could be useful with the pedestal base as well and would raise the fly closer to eye level. . . easier than buying a tall table or cutting the legs off one’s chair, anyway. More on the usefulness of this vertical stalk extension in the next section on “tilt. ” more…
After much research I bought a new Griffin Enterprises Montana Mongoose fly tying vise a month or two ago, purchased from J. Stockard Fly Fishing. With all the varying comments out there about this vise, none of which seem to discuss some key specifics of great interest to me, I thought I’d publish a more thorough initial impression.
In the daily drone of making a living, it’s easy to lose ourselves. I spend five days each week grinding out dry technical manuals on a computer. My co-workers eat lunch at their desks, surfing the internet or playing video games. Instead, I go fishing.
A one-hour fishing trip might not seem like much of an escape, but that time away is renewing. A river flows through the town in which I work. The escape I find on the banks of the river energizes me. I can drive from work to one of my fishing spots and have a fly in the water in eight minutes. more…