The vise, without question is the most important tool to start this adventure into fly tying. When you search fly tying vises online you are instantly inundated with a river of information and many different styles and sizes. Right off the bat the choice is hard, but let’s narrow it down a bit by answering a few questions making it easier for you to choose. When looking at vises you will notice there are two distinct different styles, rotary versus conventional.
The rotary function allows the tier to spin the fly 360 degrees and holds the fly level aiding in wrapping materials around the hook shank, a common step in most fly patterns.