Most upgrades I get  into are because I hate bad workmanship, always helping friends and customers and I realize improvements are good things.  I am not cheap nor frugal.  I am not on some crusade but some things are so apparent, it’s Mammon, the money GOD who turns out the junk.   If I can make something better I will tackle it.

Workmanship:  I found a few vices from Pakistani, also seen in India, and China.  What ever cheapies for a ridiculous price under ten dollars so I went to my other source, my junky garage and started fiddling and found a few other parts, springs mounts and a set of #3 bastard files and went to straightening crooked and unfinished edges and squaring surfaces so the clamp on accessories will fit flush.  In no time I had all three done… 

They use soft metals and brass and amazing what a few strikes and strokes here with a file can straighten. And here and there with a small model makers square and I had the thing in gear.  A carefully applied coat of  “ Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails in Black out” applied to the filed areas and Voila!   If I took them apart I could heat them with my heat gun and powder coat them with coatings from Harbor Freight. About $7.00 for black or white.

Then I re-tapped and counter-sunk all the nuts bolts and screws to conform with locking nuts when applicable and no slip lock washers when needed.  The last step will consist of relieving about a 3/8 inch of the gripper part of the head and texture the surface by checkering to secure hooks better when this one wears.  Right now it will do the same thing and produce for me what a more expensive something by Bla-Bla, a designer costs. 

•  Trick:  If you have hooks slipping on a polished head a temporary fix is cut to shape two pieces of GORILLA tape. Place on the inside of the grip and hooks will slip no more, trim with a razor blade, after a hundred hooks, I replaced the tape, cost $00.00002. 

•  Solution And Kids: I knew for ten dollars not to expect much, little persons ( more commonly referred to as grandkids) willing to learn need for the stuff to be decent.  They can see,  and they are as critical as they mature.   But I knew what I had in my hands, the potential and when they look at my expensive stuff, they are just as proud.  So when teaching I use the same vice they use, modified and simple , upgraded and smoothed out.

I would correct the sloppy-ness as ( You get what you pay for)  but luckily lower quality and lesser workmanship can be improved with simple hand tools, files, drills, countersinks, and taps.  Makes a great backup, travel or learner vice for a youngster that will do what he or she needs to do learning about the gift of flyfishing.

•  The Tube Vise Game On A Budget By Size

  • Next  I needed some tube conversion holders and I had seen the offers from two popular vice manufacturers.  They looked like pin vices.  I had been using Pin-Vises for a long time working on modeling for my business so I had a few gathering dust. Dust is not permitted in my world.  It gets used or blown out.  
  • The larger mandrels for  Salt streamers  and flies were made from Bicycle Spokes, Amazon a package of 24 or thirty was seven dollars and they came with those nice caps thats crewed on and acts as the stopper end.  Pressing the tube against the ring end keep it from spinning.  Mandrels can be any size since it now since they can pass through.  Clever and cheap.  
  • It allows extras such as add on tubes and extensions due to the pass through feature…  I am working on the other two Pin Vises which will clamp into by way of a plate on the bottom and fit any of my conventional vices.

•  Springs And Things                                     



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