History of the Fly Tying Vise

The first mention of the vice was by Taylor in 1800. Although it was described in 1800, the vice didn't really come into common use before 1875, and that may have been due to the adoption of the eyed hook, which was championed by the dry fly men.

Early fly tying vise models were basic vices made with soft cast iron jaws, which were too soft to grip a hook properly.

Before the and after the first vises people were used to the idea of tying flies in their hand, using a skill was which was passed down from one angler.

Jump forward in history to 1985 - Norm Norlander received the patent for his unique rotary fly vise on October 1, 1985, two years after he applied for it.

Creation of the NorVise - Rotary Fly Tying Vise

"It’s fair to say that Norlander created the ultimate vise for rotary fly tying. The jaws on the Nor-Vise are short and simple. They’re also positioned perfectly horizontal to coincide with the axis of rotation: line the hook shank with the top of the jaws, clamp the hook, and give the jaws a whirl. The hook rotates with no wobble, and the shank is in line with the axis of rotation."
Fly Tyer Magazine, Winter 2011 Issue

Norvise Rotary Fly Tying Vise

Unbeatable Norvise

As experienced fly tiers know, the revolutionary rotary fly tying vise by Norvise has advantages over other “rotary” vises. Combined, these advantages make the Norvise a tool of both art and science — yielding a lifetime of fly tying success.

Centerline Perfection

Norvise positions the hook on a perfect rotational centerline, allowing the hook be spun, replacing tiresome hand-over-hand wrapping. With the shank of the hook always aligned to center, the material is “turned” or “spun” onto the hook. This is a real labor and frustration saver.

“Just wanted to say a huge Thanks for my Nor-vise, I love it.”
Cheers Dwayne

Body Material, Hackle and Dubbing

Precision ball bearing and heavy brass hubs enable Norvise to work like a spinning wheel for the world’s most fluid dubbing, creating perfectly shaped and textured bodies. Working thread, other body materials and hackle are applied better, faster and easier than by any other method.


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Bobbin Kit

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Travel Case

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