For quite some time I've been looking at various fly tying vices. There are so many out there the choice is overwhelming.
My old vice frustrates the hell out of me. The jaws are adjusted by a screw that draws them into a collet. it's okay if I was tying loads of flies on the same size hook, but that's not what I do. I'm constantly changing the hook size so have to fiddle about to adjust the jaws each time, a really rubbish system.
I've been using the Regal Medallion for a couple of months and it is stonkingly good and so easy to use it allows me to tie flies quicker, it's has made me realise how time consuming my old vice was.
The Regal Medallion is a side lever vice so no adjustment needed, ever, brilliant! Okay it isn't cheap, and there are cheaper side lever vices out there, but you get what you pay for and this is a serious piece of kit that will last a lifetime. It's simple, robust and heavy with few moving parts or gimmicks, just a good quality, solid, well made, nicely finished tool and I recommend it.
The full range of Regal Vices are available from www.flytyingcompany.co.uk