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Peak may be the relative newcomer on the vise block, but they've certainly come out with a solid product. This vice can get you into fantastic quality, features that can grow with you over time and flexibility to tie virtually any sized fly, all without breaking the bank. Now that I've tied many flies of several different sizes on this vise, I can wholeheartedly agree with others that this is a great vice. Your hooks will bend before this vise lets go, the full rotary is nice and smooth for those difficult to tie flies and the table top base is large & heavy, making this vise stay wherever you put it no matter how hard you yank on the thread. The bobbin holder that comes by default is a nice touch and you can get it out of the way easily. I definitely appreciate that it's manufactured right here in the US, yet doesn't have the typical domestic price. Personally, I like the look of the stainless steel and brass, it's just very utilitarian and I like that in my tools. I definitely recommend picking up a few key accessories - the brass screws, the d-arm and possibly the riser extender and material clip. If you're tying a lot of size 18 and below, the midge jaws will almost be a necessity, if anything just to get the bulk of the default jaw out of the way and give you more access to the fly. Since I can't offer a "perfect" review for nearly anything, I'll point out a few faults I've noticed. As mentioned, the default jaw is fairly bulky, moderately inconvenient for size 18-20...and Peak doesn't "recommend" the midge jaws for extended use with size 16 and above. The angle of the jaw holder can make it a little difficult to get perfect horizontal wraps without careful finger placement on your hackle and it will sometimes get in the way for tailing on some hook sizes. Overall, though, a fully outfitted Peak will still come in under the price of the well known premium vises and you'll get more features for your money. This thing will last a lifetime, no doubt.
I have had this vise for about two years now and have experienced no problems with it and tie about three dozen flies a week, sometimes more. I will say it can't really hold hooks smaller than a 16 but I don't do that often. I like the pedestal base it is very nice and heavy enough unlike some other bases.
I did a lot of research before buying this vise. This is a great vise, with a lot of metal, only a couple plastic screws. The bobbin rest works great. You can rotate it. I have gone down to size 18 hooks with no problem, but will get the midge jaws for smaller. For the price, made in USA, very little plastic, this is a top notch vise.
I also like the “D” arm and material clips, sold separate, or as a set.
I have this vice about 3 years now and have to say its one of my best purchases. The vice itself is very high quality for a great price. Holds hooks of all sizes (even tiny 22's in the standard jaws) without any slipping at all. Rotating the fly couldn't be easier with a quick flick of the arm. I've been using the C-clamp which gives good solid grip and has a wide enough mouth so it fits any table. Is there really a need to spend $300 on a big name vice when this one gets the job done so well on a budget. Spend those savings on tying materials or a nice gift for your significant other so you can get out fishing more. Simple, effective American engineering. Would highly recommend it.
I initially had problems with the pieces fitting together and contacted Peak. I had to return my Vise to manufacturer, and was impressed that they resolved the problem and returned it within 3 days.
I also have a more expensive rotary vise and prefer to use my Peak vise. The accessablity to the hook because of a smaller profile clamping mechanism allows for easuer tie in of smaller materials near the hook bend.
The C Clamp design allows for securing to very thick table tops or thin table tops... nice design.
I would recommend this vise over other more expensive rotory vises.
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