Reader Reviews: Peak Rotary Vise

Fly Tying, Fly tying Vises, Product Reviews — By on September 22, 2011 10:14 am
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Rating: 9.4/10 (20 votes cast)

Designed for optimal tying efficiency and ease of adjustment and set-up. Materials (including Stainless Steel, Brass, Tool Steel, and Aircraft Aluminum) are chosen to last a lifetime of tying. Hardened and tempered tool steel jaws hold hooks, from size 2 (depending on exact hook wire diameter) down to the smallest you can buy, securely. All adjustments are accomplished with minimal effort. The large stable base will hold this vise where you set it, and the non-marking feet protect the surface you set it on. The steel base is powder coated in white, for a surface that will stand up and provide a backdrop you can see your materials against. The base also includes an integrated hook/bead pocket with rounded edges for ease of removal, and our accessory post mounting hole. The base is designed to pack flat with the vise removed for travel. The rotation resistance adjustment screw provides infinite adjustment and is easily manipulated. A height and length adjustable bobbin cradle and pivot mount are supplied with the vise. Loosening a single set screw allows the vise to be removed for travel, the brass tip on the set screw prevents marring the vise shaft.

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21 Comments

  1. Vince Wilcox says:
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    This vise is rock solid and made in Loveland, CO right here in the USA. I have likely tied as many or more flies than anyone else using a PEAK Vise, as I started using one when they first came out and tied production flies, over 100,000 on the same vise I started with. I have had to replace the jaws, which they are more than happy to help with warranty issues. I Gave usability a 9, only because i have had troubles tying small parachutes with the angle of the vise in relation to the post. This is a very honsest assesment from a signature tier, writer and photographer that just finished a new book “Vince Wilcox’s Naturally Artificial Signature Flies” – Lyone Press April 2012. The vise I chose to use to shoot over 1,000 color step ties, PEAK.

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  2. Mark Steffens says:
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    No pro here like Vince is; just a very satisfied amateur user. I got mine when they first came out too and from the sound of Vince’s review it will be handed down to my grandson’s granddaughter. I tie parachutes down to 24s with this vise with regular jaws and am probably too dense and too slow a tier to find any fault with the vise but the fish don’t seem to mind. You could ask a fair number of rainbows and browns below Mio about that. Good Made in USA product.

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  3. Pat Pattillo says:
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    I haven’t had this vise long enough to know about durability or reliability. The one shortcoming to me is the inability to easily turn the vise toward me so that I’m looking at the fly from the front instead of the side. I fixed this problem by gluing the allen wrench (that holds the shaft to the base) to the set screw with epoxy and installing a 3/8 hardware store collar on the shaft just above the base to prevent the shaft from sliding down to the table.

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  4. Pat Thurman says:
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    I have had a Peak since they first came out and retired the Renzeti Traveler. I love the peak and have tied small to large flies. Bought the midge jaws. They have lasted me years.

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  5. Michael R. Earle says:
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    I have been tying through 4 vises now. That’s 35 years in human terms. I had looked at, and tried on, vises for three years before I purchased my Peak. I just couldn’t justify the next leap in price, for a vise that will do the same thing, and maybe look better to my friends. I purchased the vise with all three jaws. The midge jaws is amazing. I haven’t been able to tie flies that small for years. The salt water jaws hold hooks better than the bench vise in my work shop. You can really crank on thread when tying Striper Flies. And it will come in handy when I deside to take up fly fishing for sharks or decide to dress up my pulp hook. Two things I will be adding to the vise. First is the riser. It would be handy to have the fly up higher, i.e. to see better, and the other is the pedestal base. One thing I do enjoy doing is making Bass Bugs. This vise will hold a hook until you deside when to take it off. It does not move when spinning deer hair. The overall rating is because it isn’t as pretty as the more expencive models, and that’s OK with me, and the usabillity is due to the fact you can’t look at the front of the fly. I agree it would be nice to be able to do that. Especially when trimming deer hair. Last, I would highly recomend this vise to anyone that enjoys tying, but isn’t looking to tie one hundred dozen flies to pay for it. It is the best quality for the price I found. I’m thinking this is will be the last vise that I buy (at least NEED to buy). It is that well made.

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  6. Greg Schafer says:
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    I’ve used and sold these vices for five years and I’m here to tell you they’re very functional in all respects and with all the accessories and jaws it ties a variety and is very easy to handle. I would recommend this vice to anyone.

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  7. Ron Thomas says:
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    I work as a fly fishing guide and tie a lot. I teach fly tying and recommend this vise to those taking the class. It is simple to use and the most solid vise that I have tied with. The jaws hold tight and are really easy to adjust. I use the pedestal version and when I really need to crank down on a larger fly, this vise doesn’t move an inch. I have tied on a number of different vises, and would have to say that this is my favorite and I’m pretty sure this will be the last vise that I will buy.

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  8. David Rogers says:
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    This is the first vise I bought and maybe the only one I will ever “need”. I tied on a Renzetti and a few other vises before I made the leap to buy my own. I looked pretty hard and couldn’t find a better vise than the Peak. The price was way better than any equivelant vise AND it is made with pride in the USA. I would love for my local shops to become Peak dealers. I recommend this vise to all my friends. All of my friends who have tied on the Peak really like it. My fly tying instructor thinks the Peak has the nicest rotary function of any vise he has tried I also bought the Peak light and really like that to. I would like to see brass screws instead of the plastic as the standard instead of an option. I haven’t had a problem with the stock screw, but would prefer the brass on general principles. It would also be nice to be able to look at the front of the fly as others have mentioned.

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    Like many of the others I began tying on another brand of vise, mostly Renzetti. I took numerous fly tying classes to begin with before I did my research on vises. All of my research indicated that the Peak was best for it’s price range. I truly did consider a Renzetti, but after everything was said & done I bought a Peak. I tie a wide range of Flies from small Trout/Panfish to big articulated ones for our Michigan Steelhead/Salmon, besides lead head Jigs & plugs for Bass. My Peak has never failed me in any aspect. If I had one criteria I would change I would agree with a previous writer, I would change the screws & fitting to all brass. My set screw for the bobbin cradle sheared off a while back, but not from over tightening. I enjoyed my Peak so much I bought one for my son-in-law for Christmas. All in all, I would most definitely recommend a Peak to anyone, on any level of tying experience. These are rock-solid vises that will last & bare the Made in USA label. As others have said, I will be passing this onto the next generation because it will still be a workhorse when they start tying. Thanks———-<

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  10. D.L.Bagwell says:
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    Usability, and function of much higher priced vices, and at a fraction of the cost….what else need be said?
    I do advise the purchase of the additional midge jaws, for regular tying of 22 or higher flies.

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  11. Joe says:
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    Love this vice. Have it about 3 years now. Price is excellent. Jaws are awesome. Would probably be best if I invested in the midge jaws but can tie down to size 28 even with the standard jaws (yes I’ve done it and yes it’s a little fiddly but the std jaws have absolutely no problem gripping a 28 – now if my eyes worked as well). Its real easy to use and rotate.

    Great piece of equipment and its engineered/made in the USA!

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  12. Ron says:
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    Bought my Peak from Vince Wilcox
    Just a great overall vise true value for the dollar

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  13. Jeff Smith says:
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    Great vise. Absolutely love it. Only reason for the 9 stars for usability is that i find it a little cramped when i turn a fly upside down to tie material to the underside. Small problem, it’s a great vice.
    I have a clamp version and like others was frustrated with needing an Allen key every time i to take the vise down or wanted to rotate it. I searched unsuccessfully for an appropriate sized thumb screw and eventually solved the problem by buying a 2″ long 1/4″-20 machine screw, cutting the head off and bending it 90 degrees to form an “L” shaped screw to replace the grub screw. Problem solved! Works like a dream.

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  14. Jeff Smith says:

    Should have said “BRASS machine screw”!!!!

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  15. OkieFlier says:
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    I have had the Peak vice for 6 months and really like its versitility and features. It would have been great if it came with the brass screws but have had not problems with the pastic ones. Would reommend it to anyone looking for a quality tool for fly tying

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  16. bigdewy says:
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    I’ve been tying on my Peak for over 4 years and have never had a problem. I bought it used from another FTF member and don’t know how long he had used it before me. I tie on hooks down to #24 with the midge jaws and it holds solid as a rock. A great vise for the price.

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  17. Chris Patterson says:
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    I’ve had my Peak rotary for two years now and have been completely satisfied. Midge jaws are a great addition but not necessary. It’s rock solid, made in the US, and a great price too. Would absolutely recommend and buy again myself.

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  18. Grim Reaper says:
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    I have only one problem with the Peak Vice if you big hands as I do, I had a very hard time working on the back of a fly by the way the head is angled. Tying tails and all the things that go on back there It was not easy to do. It is however very well made and the price is very attractive as well. Also by God it is made in America a rare thing today. I did go with a Nor-Vice which is in my opinion better in many ways,(to many to list here) it also cost more but it is made in America as well, but worth every penny!
    For most you find the Peak a good buy, and will last for years. But I still like my Nor-Vice much better.
    Tight Lines:)

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  19. Paul O says:
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    I’m a casual tier. I’ve used my peak vise for several years now. It has served me well. The only issue I have had was the plastic clamp that secures the swing out bobbin holder broke once (due to my clumsiness). I suppose that’s not a bad thing. If it was not break away, damage could occur to the holder. I bought the replacement but to be honest, I didn’t expected have to pay for it even though the warranty was up; its such an insignificant piece. Overall however, I’m happy with the vise.

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  20. Frank says:
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    I have one but don’t expect much in the way of customer service. I asked for some new screws because..well the plastic ones broke..and it being a lifetime warranty deal I figured Peak would help me on something as little as a screw. I was dead wrong….they told me basicly too bad so sad…and told me to find a dealer and purchase more. What kind of lifetime warranty is that???? Would not recommend. There not exactly giving them away and for the money better service is certainly out there. Otherwise its an ok vice…just wish they had some support.

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  21. Rob says:
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    Killer vise for the money. I was a little reluctant to spend 150 but it is absolutely amazing. Hook hold is much better than cheaper vises and the rotation is flawless. It is as high quality as you need, so no need to spend $400 for a vise that isn’t much better. Definitely worth the extra money from the 30 dollar vises that let hooks slip and jam on the rotation or don’t even rotate. Best quality for money ratio. I would recommend saltwater jaws if tying size 4 or bigger, the bigger hooks slip sometimes.

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