Peak Rotary Vise Review and Giveaway

This contest has ended. Congratulations to Jeremy N of Chattanooga, TN!

Hey fly tiers! Thanks for stopping by. We hit another milestone on the channel recently (600 subscribers) and to say thanks to one of you, I’ll be giving away this new Peak Rotary Vise ($155 value).

If this is your first contest with Savage Flies, welcome! To enter simply subscribe to the channel (commenting on the video would also be nice) and then send me a picture of your bench with the date written on a piece of paper visible somewhere. Just like this picture of my bench below. Email this to matt at with “October Subscriber Giveaway” in the subject line.

I’ll keep this contest open from October 1-15, 2020. And it will be open to all subscribers in the US and Canada. (I’m sorry I just can’t afford to ship a six pound vise overseas.) I’ll do the drawing in the evening of Thursday, October 15 and will announce the winner in the next day’s video (Friday, October 16).

Now about the vise (if you haven’t, you should really watch the video)… this may be the best under $200 vise on the market. I bought mine almost five years ago as my first rotary vise when I decided I wanted to seriously get into tying. It was my primary vise for about two years, during which I probably used it a few times a month. It didn’t take long to fall in love with the thing and for a long time I thought this might be the last vise I would ever need to buy. This thing really is amazing.

(I know, the picture above has my Regal in it, and oh boy, do I love that thing too. But I DO still tie on my Peak. I keep it at my bench at the farm. And I’m not giving away my own vise– I’ll be giving away a brand new one.)

Some of the pros:

  1. It’s heavy. Coming in at 5 pounds and 14 ounces (2.66 kg), it’s not going to move around on your bench.
  2. Very high quality parts. Machined aircraft grade aluminum, a brass barrel, stainless post.
  3. So few moving parts, there is literally not much that could go wrong with it.
  4. It comes with a bobbin cradle. With several of the high end vises you have to buy this separately. Nice touch to Peak for including it.
  5. It is simply fun to tie on. Even if you don’t use the rotary function very often, it is quite convenient being able to turn your fly over to tie in a throat, or to just look at the other side of your fly.

Some of the cons:

  1. Being heavy can also be a con. This is not a light vise you’d necessarily want to throw in your carry-on luggage. I mean, I have before, but it’ll add almost six pounds to your suitcase.
  2. The locking screws that come with it are plastic. They do offer brass screws, sold separately, but as of October 2020, they’re about $18.
  3. I would prefer the pedestal not being white. If you’re not a clean tier (and who is), you will quickly get head cement and stray fur and feathers glued to it. It’s not hard to clean so this is not a major flaw, but I’d just prefer a brass or solid dark color pedestal.

For those of you tiers and subscribers who have entered some of my previous giveaways, thank you for your support. If you haven’t won anything yet, I encourage you to keep watching and participating. Hopefully I’m just a few months away from getting the channel monetized, and when that happens I should be able to give back more and more often. I am really looking forward to that!

Thanks again for your support. Good luck!

Disclaimer: this giveaway is not sponsored by Peak Engineering. In fact, this site or the corresponding YouTube channel is not sponsored by anybody. Of course it isn’t. See above. I’ve only got about 600 subscribers. Who would sponsor a small-time channel like this? Nobody. That’s who. It’s just me, on a mission to help folks get into fly tying and to give back a little to the community.

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Author: Matt O

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