The most productive flies in use today are created using modern tying materials, innovative techniques, creativity and careful handwork. The modern fly tyer requires more control and flexibility to get the most out of these materials and unleash ones creativity. A rotary vise gives the artist that ability. Whether wrapping hackle, ribbing, tying legs on a bug or inspecting  your work, a rotary vise gives you more capabilities and flexibility yet minimizing material waste.  No matter what fish you are pursuing,  take advantage of all that's available and advance your tying to the next level, “Go Matthias Rotary Today”!

Matthias Rotary Vise Details

The screw caliper style jaws allow wide gap adjustment and massive holding power on virtually any size hook.  An internal spring holds open the jaw when the hook is released allowing easy insertion and removal of the hook.  The caliper screw is actuated by a lever so very little effort is required to secure the hook in the jaw.  The jaw angle can be changed without tools to allow the user to select any jaw position, see the slide show below for a few examples.  This is convenient when switching between very large and small flies or to achieve a wobble free rotation.  

The smooth rotary rotation can be locked at any point during use allowing the tyer to attach materials to any surface of the fly easily.  Adding eyes to the underside or gills to the sides of the thorax was never easier.  There is no more struggling to see the back side of the fly, just roll the turn the knob.    

Rotational turning resistance is easily adjusted from zero drag free spinning to full drag, whereas allowing the user to adjust the vise to one’s own preference.  All parts are made in the USA and machined from aluminum alloy, brass or alloy steels with a black finish. 

Today’s tying materials are amazing in both quality and selection compared to just a few years past, but can be quite expensive.  In preparing for a recent Permit and Bonefish trip I spent over $550.00 in tying materials for the flies. Using a rotary vise I had far less waste since the materials did not need to be cut into short manageable lengths.  In addition it was a breeze to work from both sides of the hook to attach materials 



The following are some common adjustments and care items for your vise

Hook Gap adjustment

Efficient clamping is achieved by proper adjustment of the jaws for each size hook. As a quick starting place turn the clamp lever knob all the way clockwise and then turn it out about 1 turn.  Then, using the small jaw knob, adjust the gap of the jaw tip to allow the hook to just slip in.  Now adjust the large knob until the gap along the between the jaws is approximately parallel all the way the other end of the jaws.  Continue to turn the clamp knob lever until the handle of the knob is parallel with the jaws.  Now place your hook into the jaws and adjust the small knob until the jaws just touch the hook.  Now the jaws are ready to clamp your hook securely using the clam knob lever.  You may want to adjust the small knob one way or the other as this will affect the position of the clamp knob lever and also how the jaws contact the hook.  

Try this quick trick to set your vise for wobble free rotation. 

Mount your hook in the jaws in the position you prefer with the shank parallel to the base or table.  Using the index finger of the hand you hold your bobbin in, point at the hook eye.  Now, rotate the vise and observe if the eye of the hook goes up and over your finger or down and under  If it goes up and over, grasp the middle axle joint and move the jaws up.  If the hook goes down under your finger, grasp the middle axle joint and move the jaws down.  This will allow you to adjust your vise to any size hook without tools in a few seconds. This fast, tool free, adjustment is where this vise excels, especially for those who switch hook size often.  Other vises require complicated adjustments using tools and take allot of time.  

To change vise for left hand tiers

To change the vise to left hand, straighten out the lower arm (F) and the Jaws (G) so that they are approximately parallel to the table or base.  Remove the crank knob locking screw (I), crank knob (A), rotary nut (B), and the drag washer (D).  Loosen rotary lock knob (J), Remove the rotary shaft (E) from the head (C) and reinstall this assembly into the left side of the head (C). Ensure the jaw clamp knob is on the same side as the rotary lock knob on the head and are facing you. Reinstall in the reverse order.  Adjust rotary tension as described under free spinning drag.  The vise can also be ordered set up for left hand tie.


Occasionally spray or wipe the jaws down with WD-40 or similar product to protect the steel jaws.  Brass parts can be polished with metal polish or brass cleaner.  To adjust the tension of the joints to allow for easier or more firm joint/jaw angle movement tighten or slightly loosen hex screw at joints.

Free spinning drag

How easy your vise rotates without using the lock can be adjusted to personal preference.  This can be done by loosening the knob locking screw (I) and turning the rotary nut CW to increase rotary tension or CCW to loosen tension, and then retighten the locking screw (I).  This adjustment is not normally necessary and may require several adjustments to achieve a smooth tight rotation.

List Price
Rotary Vise with pedestal mount
Rotary Vise with Lap Clamp mount and Pedestal
Rotary Vise with Lap Clamp mount (with no pedestal)
Rotary Vise with C- Clamp mount
Bobbin Holder
Magnetic hook pad
Stainless Steel Stems, used to change height of vise on pedestal (also fit Lap Clamp) 4 inch
Stainless Steel Stems, used to change height of vise on pedestal (also fit Lap Clamp) 6 inch
Stainless Steel Stems, used to change height of vise on pedestal (also fit Lap Clamp) 8inch




Robert R. Selb

Classic Fly Fisherman

231 S. Broad St.

Lansdale, PA 19446

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