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………..no 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