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“Better Flies Faster”

Norm Norlander’s slogan “Ties Better Flies faster”.  There has never been a more true statement in fly fishing.  I have been using the Norvise now for about 6 years.  To me there is no other.  It can do all the things any other vise can do and more.  The only thing that I can say that would be a negative (Its not really that big of a deal anyway) is that the standard jaw (for me) only handles hooks down to size 16 well.  But ………but….but.  Norm has a midge jaw attachment that you can get that solves all that so……… issue.  

As you can see mine has a few miles on it.  Just for a guess (on the safe side) I figure somewhere in the area of 15,000 flies later. The finish is a little worn but I could care less and I am not exactly easy on my stuff.  Over that time it has only needed one tune up that a friend did for me. I got some thread tangled up in the internal bearing somehow.  maybe in a crazy spinning frenzy of some sort.

Sometimes after a couple of spools of thread if you are using waxed. A build-up can happen in the bobbin tube. This doesnt mean much for the occasional tier but if you are tying alot you will recognize this. I built a tool for this.

Pretty simple really a piece of heavy mono that fits the tube with the end burnt ever so slightly.  I think this is 40lb.  remember to insert from the tip of the bobbin that way it pushes the wax out of the bobbin not all the way thru the tube.  I have just electrical taped it to the allan key that came with my vise.

This Green thing is a thread keeper that is available from norvise.  Someone showed me t chop the top off and put it right over the tip of the bobbin.  It gives you a little more to hold onto.

Norm has a whole series of videos on youtube doing demos with his vise this is one of my favorites







  1. Bitchy McNitpicker

    Where the fuck is the comment section on this dirty whore of a blog?

    • I guess you found it and don’t ask me anyway I limp my way through this I have no idea. There was another comment I trashed by accident cuz I was trying to approve it via iPhone. Ie got the fat fingers so it hit the bin. It was asking if I am back in the shop thi summer. The answer is yes I will Guiding for the shop but you will likely not see me behind the register

  2. admin

    Should be working now Bitchy McShmitpicker.

    With Love,
    – Dr. Phil

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