Fly-Fisherman Magazine, February 2002
"BEST $100-$200 VISE" "This traditional-design vise is one of the real deals in contemporary vises"
Fly Rod and Reel, March 2002
"HMH Spartan-Just the item if you're a trout fly tier seeking high-end performance at a midrange cost; you perfer simple, functional equipment; quality and value."
Dec Hogan, Salt Lake City, UT
Author, Steelhead Guide, Casting Instructor
"Just a quick note to tell you how much I love my new HMH Vise. It's a dream. Thank you."
Dick Talleur, Manchester, NH
Author, Instructor and production fly tier
"HMH has been my choice of vise for more than 20 years, and continues to be. It's the ideal combimation of functionality, quality and value."
Shane Stalcup, Denver, CO
Production Fly Tier
"My original HMH vise is still going strong after nearly 100,000 dozen flies. The craftsmanship, ease of use, and dependability easily make the HMH the hands down best investment I've ever made in my fly tying career."
John Gierach, Colorado
Author, Trout Bum
"A few years ago I bought a used HMH, just because I always wanted one, and now I use that for most of my tying." (Good Flies)
Tom C., Kersey, PA
"This vise is great. I started tying a year or so ago and had a 'cheapy'. I saw this vise reviewed and highly rated in a fly fishing/tying magazine article. It convinced me to go with the HMH Spartan. The review was right on the money. The quality and functionality are great."
Darryl H., West Newton, PA
"I've owned an Orvis Edition HMH Spartan for a while now and absolutely love it! I actually own far more expensive vises, but time and time again I always return to my HMH - great vise guys! P.S. Your midge jaws are the finest available"
Time to Tie Some Flies
(From Fish & Fly Magazine, 2nd edition of the Tackle & Travel Annual)
By Dec Hogan
I've been seriously into fly tying for close to 30 years and have used the same trusty Regal Vise for 20 of them. I was skeptical to tie on a new vise of a different manufacturer. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Right? Part of my skepticism was correct. At first it was a bit awkward-for about 30 seconds. That's all the time it took for me to fall in love with my new HMH Standard Vise. Now I'm not going to go into a comparison of the Regal versus the HMH. My Regal served me well with no complaints for many years and thousands of flies. I was so committed to tying with my Regal that trying the HMH felt a bit like adultery. I got over it real quick.
The HMH Standard is one simple and sexy vise. Kind of like a fly reel, it's so subjective to personal appeal. More important than looks however is how that baby holds hooks in all sizes. The HMH's smooth cam lever cinches down the locking stainless steel jaws to hold the hook firmly in place. The whole thing is infinitely adjustable with full 360-degree rotation. The jaws are easily changed to facilitate the entire range of available hook sizes. The Micro Jaw will hold a size 28 with ample room to tie on that miniscule hook while the Magnum Jaw tames even the burliest of 6/0 iron. For my steelhead flies in sizes 2/0 to 10 the Omni Jaws are my workhorse.
The Standard Vise retails for $279.00 and comes with one jaw of your choice. If you are interested in tying tube flies, which has become very popular as of late, the standard vise can easily be converted to a tube vise with the HMH Tube Vise Converter ($64.95). Simply remove the jaw and replace it with the converter. HMH offers a wide spectrum of mandrel sizes and all the tube supplies you'll ever need. If $65 is a little much just to experiment with tubes, HMH also offers a Starter Tube Tool that clamps into any vise that will accept a 2/0 hook. The quality stainless steel with brass fittings tool retails for $24.95.