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.