Regal Fly Tying Vise Review – Regal Revolution

featured, Gear, Product Reviews, Product Spotlight — By on June 11, 2016 8:15 pm


Regal Vises have been around for along time. If you polled fly tiers on all the vises they have used, Regal would probably hold a top spot. They are dependable, timeless, and made in the USA. Check out their newest model, the Revolution

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  1. Randy Miller says:
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    Have used Regals for over 20 years. Thousands of flies later and it still performs as new. You just can’t wear these out. Hold every size hook with an excellent grip. Love these vises.

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  2. John luscz says:

    Regal’s are great. But my renzetti is better and my preferred vise.

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  3. Paul Prentiss says:
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    There is no better vise,. I’ve been using one over 30 years. I tie everything from size 24 midges to 4/0 saltwater flies. For many years these were the preferred vise of commercial tiers.

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  4. Ron says:
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    Regal’s a good vise behind Dyna King & Renzetti.
    I only tie saltwater flies & my 2 choices are my Dyna King Barracuda & my JVice.

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  5. Tom Millman says:
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    I have several different heads and they all work great. the best all around vise and I have it for years.

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  6. Alan says:
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    My regal is 30 years old and still going strong. From size 24 to 6/0. No adjustments necessary.

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    Its a great vice and a pleasure to tie with, but………. my Law Bench Vice is for ME the very best ! No doubt !

    Kind regards, Ad

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  8. Jere says:
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    Super Vice. Bought mine in 1979, and have tied thousands of flies from large streamers to midges. Looks, and ties today just like it did in ’79. What a value! 1/2 the price of numerous other vices, and I wouldn’t trade mine for any of the others.

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  9. Chris Taylor says:
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    I’d give this a ten for hook sizes smaller than 2, but for larger hooks, and even with the Big Game jaws, they slip. If you are a trout guy, this is the best vise out there.

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  10. Mary S. Kuss says:

    I started tying on a Thompson Model A in the early 1970’s. Got my first Regal (an Inex that’s still working just fine) around 1980 and never looked back. The standard jaws will easily handle a hook up to 3/0 without slipping. There is a notch in the jaws to accommodate larger hooks. If you don’t have the hook in the notch, yes it will slip. If you have the hook settled in the notch, you could grab it with a pair of pliers and the hook would bend before it would slip. On the other end of the spectrum, the stainless steel jaws do a better job than the midge jaws because they come to a finer point.

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  11. Tom Unnasch says:
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    I have tried a lot of different vises but always come back to my 30 year Regal. Easy to use, no adjustments needed and holds hooks without slipping. I always get slippage with Ranzetti, Dynakings, and everything but the Regal. I’ll never switch!

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  12. Dan Gracia says:
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    I gave it top marks all the way across although the Regal vise I have is the one with the head that turns all the way around but is not really that centerline rotary “Revolution” vise they are featuring here.

    My first vice in 1976 was a Sunrise knock-off of the Thompson “A” vice. It didn’t hold hooks well and when I got my tax return in 1977 I bought a Price vise, which was the first vise that would let you turn the head 360° around, with built in stops at 180° and 360°. It also had a simple mechanism to hold the hook. You put the hook in place and turned the knob on the end to tighten it – very simple and elegant. I needed to be able to turn the vise to inspect my flies because I had taken up tying full-dressed, feather wing, Atlantic salmon flies. Proportions are everything with them and every thing has to match perfectly.

    I found that ability extremely handy tying trout flies too. At the time, I was teaching the Orvis West Coast Fly-Fishing schools and found myself tying flies almost every night to augment the few that the students brought. Most of these were sizes 18, 20, and 22 because we held our schools on Western Spring Creeks.

    After a few years, the jaws on the Price vise spread apart a bit at the very tips. Made it hard to grasp #20 and #22 flies. Price replaced the jaws for me…twice. The third time it replaced them, they put midge-jaws on it instead of the all-purpose one. Now I also tied a lot of steelhead flies and these midge jaws just didn’t handle size 2, 4, and 6 hooks, which was normal for Pacific Northwest steelhead. So now I needed to look for a new vise.

    The fellow I taught the schools with had one of the early Regal vises – the one with the crinkle-gold coating on the head and the head that wouldn’t twist around. We had both tied thousands of flies over the years and his vise from about 1976 still worked fine and didn’t show any signs of wear. But the non-moving head had prevented me from buying it in 1976 and again in about 1991. Then, in about 1991, Regal came out with their rotating vise. I think they called it their “360” vise. It’s now sold with a brass pedestal and called the “Medallion” vise. I immediately bought the C-clamp version and used it heavily with no problems at all for the next 23 years.

    Then in 2014, I was putting a size 20 hook in the jaws (jaws were angled up to make it easier to grasp the small hook) and the handle slipped out of my hand before I had the hook positioned where I wanted it. That launched the hook across the room and chipped the jaws at a point where I could no longer use them for small flies. Very bummed because it was my own fault.

    For the next year and a half, I used my Renzetti vise, which was one of my back-ups. Finally couldn’t stand it anymore and sent my vise head with the broken jaws in for repair just a few weeks ago. They were able to put new jaws inside that old head and I got it back within about 2 weeks of sending it in. Cost was $50, which I think was reasonable since it wasn’t a defect.

    I am so GLAD to have my Regal Vise working again. It really is the best vise I’ve ever owned and by far and away my favorite vise!

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  13. CharlesChlysta says:
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    I have tied on a Regal now for over 30 years and find it to be dead reliable. I upgraded to the revolving head as soon as it came out and have added a stainless steel head for smaller flies. There is no vice out there that matches the ease of hook in and out of the vice and I find it holds hooks from size 24 to 2/0 securely. I also tie with a Renzetti master vice with an Au Sable speed crank set up by Rusty Gates. I tied flies for him for about 15 years and used both vices. I like them each equally well as they each have their own qualities. The Regal for ease of getting hooks in and out of the vice and the Renetti for true rotary function. In my file tying classes I always suggest the Regal as a vice that you can tie with for the rest of your life and it comes in the c-clamp model at price that does not break the bank. You can find cheaper vices, but none matches the quality and functionality of the Regal. The other vices that are its equal usually come at a much higher
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  14. Harold says:
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    I purchased my first Regal vise from a member of the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders back in 2011. Now I have the Revolution Big Game Head. It’s a pleasure to tie on this vise because of the rotary action and I can place an 8/0 Partridge Attitude Extra hook with in its grips.

    Great vise!!!

    Tight Lines

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  15. Dave Hall says:
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    I have had a Regal Vise since mid 1980’s I’ve tied thousands of flies of different sizes. Never had a problem holding hooks. The only problem is right now I’m starting to see wear on the jaws I’ll have to replace these soon. I give the Regal Vise makers a straight A’s for their design & product. Happy Tying

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  16. Don Miller says:
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    Been tying for nearly 45 years. I’ve had 4 vises in this time, the Regal being one. Loved the Regal vise for years until a trip to Canada. Had a bunch of fish break the hook at the bend (never happened before) and it turned out the there was a burr on the jaws that was notching the hooks causing a weak point. After fixing that, was tying small (24) flies one evening to hear a loud ping. A piece of the jaw right on the tip had broken away making the vise useless. Had to send it back to the manufacturer for repairs. Went back my Renzetti and have not had a problem since. Still love the function of the Regal, but the Renzetti is a bit more trustworthy for me.

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    I bought my first quality fly tying vise in 1992 which was a Regal. I was so pleased with this vise because of it’s ability to hold a hook without the slightest degree of slippage. The vise I had previously was a cheap version of the Thompson Model A Vise. This vise would frustrate and anger me so much because of it’s inability to hold larger hooks, 6-10 securely. So when I started tying on my new Regal, fly tying became an absolute pleasure in my life. The day I brought my new Regal vise home, I got my cheap vise and smashed it with a mini sledge hammer for all the frustration it gave me.

    I tied on my regal vise for many years without any problems before I started to experiment with other makes of vises. I eventually purchased a Renzetti Masters vise and the HMH Standard vise. What I like in the Renzetti is that it is a true in-line rotary vise and allows me to better work around the fly I am tying on, and I am able to perfect the fly with the most correct proportions. The Renzetti also holds hooks securely like that of my Regal vise. What I like in the HMH vise is that it’s a beautiful tool that is made of top notch quality in materials and workmanship. You won’t find a higher quality vise out in the market like the HMH. What I also like in the HMH is the ability to change out jaws that will accommodate hook sizes 10/0 down to 32 in just seconds. The HMH also holds hooks securely like the Regal and Renzetti do. The midge jaws that HMH has produced are the best midge jaws on the market.

    More than ten years ago, I sold my regal vise just because I wasn’t using it anymore. But, when I found out that Regal had produced a jaw in stainless steel with a slimmer profile than the original one, I became interested in purchasing this vise. In April of this year, I went to my local fly shop and saw that they were now selling regal vises, which they had not done previously. They had a display of all Regal vise models, one of them being the stainless steel jaws with the head of the vise painted green and a matching tool rack. Unfortunately, the vises on display were not for sell. So, I immediately got together with the owner of the fly shop and had her order me the same regal vise that I took interest in that day. A couple of weeks later, I got a call from the fly shop and they told me my vise and tool rack were in. A couple of days later, I went to the fly shop and picked up my new Regal vise and found it to be better than the original one that I purchased back in the early 90’s, because of the stainless steel jaws and the slimmer profile.

    Since receiving my new Regal vise, I have been tying on it and have found to be a workhorse and pleasure to tie with. I would have to say that the quality of materials that make this vise, including the workmanship are equal to the HMH vise. Make no mistake, I will never sell this new Regal vise like I did with my original one . This vise with the stainless steel jaws is the perfect vise for the trout fisherman, which describes me.

    Thank you Regal for producing such a high quality fly tying vise at just half the price of other top vises on the market. This is the last vise I will ever purchase! I’ve been tying flies for over 25 years now, and like noted above I experimented with other top quality vises. Any of you who read this review of mine who are in the market for purchasing a quality fly tying vise, you cannot go wrong nor will you regret purchasing a Regal vise! It is a vise that will last you a lifetime plus the lifetime of your grand children.

    Sincerely,

    Sarge

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