Regal Vise Company / Pro Staff

Regal Engineering has recently updated their website. Their Pro Staff listing includes some of my friends, and also a few people who are contributing fly tiers for my current book project. Here is the link to the Regal Vise Pro Staff page:

I have been tying on a Regal Vise for 21 years, and I have no interest in looking for or trying something else. Other vises on the market may have bells, whistles, lights, and built-in CD players, or at least considering the cost of some other fly tying vises on the market, one could buy a Regal Vise and still have enough money left over to buy bells, whistles, lights, and a CD player. My feeling on this is part of my character; even if I were a millionaire, I would still not be buying an $80,000 car.

That’s just how it is. I love my Regal. The hook-holding capability of the Regal Vise, the no-adjustments for any hook size, and its ease of operation have made the Regal my favorite fly tying vise. I tie on a Medallion Series C-Clamp with the stainless steel jaws. Its non-true rotary feature may not be what the epoxy tiers desire, but on the other hand, this aspect and design provides specific advantages when tying certain types of flies. I have discovered these quirks through time at the vise, some even by accident, and I am pleased to say I have been able to exploit these particular features to my tying advantage. Some of these techniques not only afford for faster and improved tying, but also have the real added benefit of reducing some of the awkward body and arm postures that can occur when tying certain types of flies. If you tie flies for long stretches at a time as I often do, these simple tricks make for less fatigue and increase tying efficiency. Like parachutes for instance…it’s a longer explanation, which I choose not to write about here, but I certainly will be happy to demonstrate these techniques at any show, class, or venue where I am appearing.

Another nice feature of the present model of the stainless steel jaws is that they are more acutely tapered and have finer tips than the traditional and original Regal Midge Head. Last night I tied several old bass flies on blind-eye hooks, up to 3/0 and I did not place these hooks in the hook-holding groove cut into the jaws, but inside the tip of the jaws a little. The hooks were held securely in place throughout the tying procedure. And if I would have wanted to, I could have inserted a size #22 dry fly hook and tied a Griffith’s Gnat with no adjustments. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

I have added a link to the Regal Vise Company on my links categories.

8 comments on “Regal Vise Company / Pro Staff

  1. Scott Bernard says:

    Although I have other vises now, I agree with you whole heartily. When I started tying in the early 90’s, all I wanted was a Regal. I owned a copy of one first, but I still remember the day I bought the real thing from the counter at LL Bean.

    • Thanks Scott, appreciate your reply!
      By the way perhaps you know Don Corey said the Penobscot Fly Fishers are interested in having me back again this March, on Sunday March 25th, he was going to check if the facility is available. I have been invited back to the 2012 L. L. Bean Spring Fishing Expo over March 16 – 18, making other events in Maine possible around those dates. Thanks again!

  2. Dave Lomasney says:

    I have tied with other vises over the years…and just this past year picked up a Regal to try, and fell in love with it. The holding power of the jaws are second to none!!! Other vises I used, I found, ALWAYS let the hook slip, no matter how much I tightened the jaws. I have tied many flies on my Regal and have never had a hook pull out! If you haven’t tried a Regal, do so soon, you won’t regret it!!


  3. Bill says:

    I also use a Regal to the exclusion of any other type of vise, and I prefer to use a pedestal base because it lets me turn the fly-in-progress to whatever postiton I need to perform virtually any tying operation with a minimum of trouble. I’ve tried other types of vises from time to time, but always felt “cramped” for hand space behind the fly and irritated by the manipulations required to get a hook secured in the jaws.

  4. Catskilljohn says:

    I have always wanted to try a Regal, and I am seeing more and more of my tying buddies going that way too. A few years ago Regal was offering a “trade in” policy for the tyers at the Somerset show, you gave them your vise and they gave you a brand-spanking new Regal to use…or keep, if you liked it, I think everyone kept it. It was a pretty slick way to advertise your product, as we all know, many people love to emulate their favorite tyers, and when everyone is tying on the same vise, sales go up!

    I have always seen Don with one, and Brandt has one, Mead I think too, Foxy Joe was using one, they all love them. Thanks for this post Don, good stuff. CJ

    • Thanks CJ!
      CJ, by the way folks, was the fellow whose recent post here featured his reproduction of Plate M from Favorite Flies and Their Histories, by Mary Orvis Marbury. CJ is also a contributing tyer for my book, The Favorite Flies of Mary Orvis Marbury.
      I’m sure Regal will be at Somerset again, CJ, if you’d like to consider trying one I can put in a good word for ya’!
      Yeah, you mentioned Dave Brandt and Bob Mead, they’re both on the Regal Pro Staff too. Not sure about Joe Fox.

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