Norvise - outside of the box fly tying?

badcaster

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I'm thinking of having a try for a Norvise, but not sure if I'll get the full benefits of it, being mainly trout and grayling flies that would be tied.

I appreciate these don't come cheap and Fly Tying Boutique stock them, but I'm not sure if it's worth the bid on the one that's up on eBay? What are they mainly used to tie, tube flies? Or am I being simplistic?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Just had a friend pass away and our flytying group has been helping his widow to sell off his gear, but cannot get interest in his Norvice ?
He tied most of his flies on it as it was "bullet proof", including his "Bronze and Silver" Fly Dressers Guild flies. (had two Norvice set ups and two HMH's)
He was to give a demonstration to our club on the Norvice this year, but sadly passed away before it could be run.
 

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I'm thinking of having a try for a Norvise, but not sure if I'll get the full benefits of it, being mainly trout and grayling flies that would be tied.

I appreciate these don't come cheap and Fly Tying Boutique stock them, but I'm not sure if it's worth the bid on the one that's up on eBay? What are they mainly used to tie, tube flies? Or am I being simplistic?

Thanks in advance.
Well you missed out because I had one in the classifieds for less than half price for a few months. It was only 6 months old and came with the receipt and mounting board from FlyTyingBoutique. What I found is it did speed up my tying but my quality went down. Picked myself up a Stonfo Kaiman and love it. Some people love the Norvice some don't. I thought I liked it for a while but little things started to annoy me especially small flies. A lot of tying I see with it on YouTube people tying large flies are tying without using the rotary :LOL:
 

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For UK style trout flies its a waste of time, you won't really use it to its potential so you are better off with a normal vice. The Norvise is great if you tie bigger American style flies or tie a lot of streamer type flies but i don't see the point in buying something that isn't cheap that you won't use as intended. The fact they don't sell well 2nd hand tells a story in itself, great vices and great quality IF you use them they way they are intended to be used.
 

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I'm thinking of having a try for a Norvise, but not sure if I'll get the full benefits of it, being mainly trout and grayling flies that would be tied.

I appreciate these don't come cheap and Fly Tying Boutique stock them, but I'm not sure if it's worth the bid on the one that's up on eBay? What are they mainly used to tie, tube flies? Or am I being simplistic?

Thanks in advance.
The Norvise is a good tying system. Best familiarise yourself with some of Norm's tying videos on youtube. Or on the Norvise web site.

A lot of pro's and better tiers have them, it is a simple fact. But they dont use it exclusively, normally having something more conventionsl ss well - Regal etc,. I like the accuracy and speed, and easy repeatability, when tying several of one tupe of fly. It is easy to get into a good productive rhythm with a Norvise. Its almost therapeutic like a spinning wheel. Awesome for mymphs. Great ribbing accuracy, Brilliant for spun dubbing - there is a very famous technique for that using a Norvise. Find Norm Norlander's Norvise dubbing video on youtube.

(Obviously) I have one, and wouldnt be without it. I have another vice also which I use for more complex specialised one off type flies. (Regal Revolution) withshank jaw. It is solidly bench mounted so I can really put some weight on gsp thread in different directions when tying intruder type flies, complex streamers and anything that requires longish spun dubbing/hackle loops. (Most of the flies I use in spring and autumn).

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Thanks for the input guys, very helpful info, I'll check out the you tube videos. it's currently going at £75 with no bids on eBay which is not expensive really compared to the new price so i'll have a think, time is running down on the auction though. 👍
 

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Thanks for the input guys, very helpful info, I'll check out the you tube videos. it's currently going at £75 with no bids on eBay which is not expensive really compared to the new price so i'll have a think, time is running down on the auction though. 👍
It's well worth a bid at £75.
 

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Thanks for the input guys, very helpful info, I'll check out the you tube videos. it's currently going at £75 with no bids on eBay which is not expensive really compared to the new price so i'll have a think, time is running down on the auction though. 👍
It might not be at £75 long after advertising it on here! maybe edit your post to £1075 to put off potential bidders :ROFLMAO:
 

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Years ago I mentioned on here about an Enigma that I was watching guess who missed out?
 

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For £75 that is good. If you feel as if you want one, then get in quick, as they don't come up that often. Beats the new price, worth seeing if it comes with any "extras".
 

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I'm thinking of having a try for a Norvise, but not sure if I'll get the full benefits of it, being mainly trout and grayling flies that would be tied.

I appreciate these don't come cheap and Fly Tying Boutique stock them, but I'm not sure if it's worth the bid on the one that's up on eBay? What are they mainly used to tie, tube flies? Or am I being simplistic?

Thanks in advance.
did you win it then ?
 

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That does seem like a great buy.
For anyone that ties a lot of nymphs it would be the bomb. I find the Novise brilliantly speedy and accurate for that job.
There are better vices for larger more complex flies - essentially flies beyond size 8 wooly bu*gers so to speak. But that is not to say it can't be done - but for me I want more heft and greater bobbin dangle or drop for the length of dubbing/hackle loops I personally employ.

There are some very famous US tiers that use Norvise for large flies, Intruders and the like, but I think it is as much for ease of video clarity as anything else. Keeping it all on plane - Jay Nicholas is great exponent of this. You can search him on YouTube, he is a great guy, knowledgable and a skilled teacher. (former US govt. marine biologist).

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That does seem like a great buy.
For anyone that ties a lot of nymphs it would be the bomb. I find the Novise brilliantly speedy and accurate for that job.
There are better vices for larger more complex flies - essentially flies beyond size 8 wooly bu*gers so to speak. But that is not to say it can't be done - but for me I want more heft and greater bobbin dangle or drop for the length of dubbing/hackle loops I personally employ.

There are some very famous US tiers that use Norvise for large flies, Intruders and the like, but I think it is as much for ease of video clarity as anything else. Keeping it all on plane - Jay Nicholas is great exponent of this. You can search him on YouTube, he is a great guy, knowledgable and a skilled teacher. (former US govt. marine biologist).

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That’s about one quarter of the price I think, very cheap if it’s what you want.
S.
 

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