Peak Fishing introduces new vice concept
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The growing popularity of large flies for fresh and saltwater predators has triggered a new concept in fly tying vices from Peak Fishing.
The US company has produced a new line of vices based on what it calls the large iron retention system (LIRS), engineered to hold the largest hooks on the market.
The new products, part of Peak’s Jurassic Series, are made to accommodate oversize hook wires and handle the extra heavy force exerted on long shank hooks when tiers use high tensile tying threads.
The LIRS is big and tough – hence the Jurassic name – and has a one-of-a-kind drawbar retainer with a 0.200 wide slot to hold a far larger hook than most, if not all, other vices.
Unlike conventional vices that rely on friction to clamp the hook between two parallel jaw faces, the LIRS captures and retains hooks to withstand the robust process of tying big flies.
An oversize pedestal base further enhances stability and includes mounting holes for bolting to a bench, plus an integral hook and material pocket.
The vice provides 360˚ rotation for access to all sides of the fly or jig. In addition, the head pivots to adjust to various hook bend designs.
There are three sizes of vice in the series, starting with the largest, the JS1, and descending in size through the JS2 and JS3. Feedback, on the Jurassic series, says Peak Brand Manager, Al Ritt, has been good.
“We sold through our first small production run of the JS1 and are just completing a run of new parts. We are also near completion of the first run of production parts for the JS2 and expect to be shipping both in early October.
“We had pre-sold almost 50% of the first production run of JS2s before the end of September, along with 30% of the second run of JS1s.
“Both these models are built with beefed up mounts, riser shafts, brass heads and rotary shafts. This allows the Jurassics to withstand the extreme torque generated when tying heavy threads on long shank hooks that provide a long lever arm.”
The third and smallest vice in the series is the Peak Rotary Vice (PRV) LIRS and is built on the same mount/riser/rotary shaft platform as Peak’s current PRV series. This means that anyone with a PRV can purchase an LIRS head and convert their existing vice. The JS1 and JS2 have the same inter-changeability.
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