Orvis Edition HMH Spartan Vise

HMH fly tying vises stand the test of time.


A proven design for many years, and one that professional and amateur tiers alike rely upon, the HMH Spartan, in a review on flyfisherman.com, was “highly recommended” as a tremendous deal in a traditional, versatile vise. A real workhorse made to last, the vise features draw collet jaws of chrome-moly tool steel, investment cast, precision machined, hand finished, and then hardened. The Orvis edition features a nickel-plated cam lever and green base. C-clamp version opens to a 2" gap.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 23 reviews


23 of 23 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    A thing of beauty - 4/2/2015
    By: from Raymore, MO

    The chrome cam lever on the Orvis Edition is larger and easier to use than the on the regular Spartan vice from HMH. The longer 9" stand rod on the C-Clamp version allows for plenty of room.

  • 5/5

    Best around - 3/4/2014
    By: from Eugene, Oregon

    Not my first vise but my last. Love the low profile, not a bunch of stuff to get in the way. Holds all sizes of hooks firm, easy to adjust tension and solid base to work from. One small complaint is the desktop base is a little short for my taste but I'm a pretty big guy.

  • 5/5

    Great Vise......... - 3/2/2014
    By: from Traverse City, MI

    This vise lives up to all the reviews that I read prior to purchasing. They said quality for this mid priced tying vise through-out, and this vise lives up to that expectation.

  • 5/5

    Excellent Fly Tying Vice - 2/24/2014
    By: from Sydney, Australia

    My first venture into a fly tying vice ! As a beginner, and after many global reviews and research, I wanted a simple, quaility, finely machined, aesthetically pleasing pedestal vice... whilst not requiring a mortgage broker at the same time !! The HMH fits that bill. I'm still learning, but first attempts using the Spartan have been a dream. No issues with weight, grip, tension or slippage ... just issues with beginner's patience !! As I get better, I will invest in the OMNI Micro jaws ... purely for increased visibility around smaller hook sizes (20+) I'm obviously not an expert, but I'd recommend this to any fly fishing mates wanting to venture into fly tying.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    My first vise - 2/10/2014
    By: from Westchester County, NY

    I bought this vise from Orvis after taking their FlyTying101 course. From my first tie I knew I was hooked, and that this was something I would pursue for the rest of my life. After reviewing vises online for about a week, I decided to purchase the HMH Spartan (pedestal). The vise is very well built from precise machined parts. Very solid and effortless action. The rotation, once tightened, is stable, and smooth. I can't image ever having to buy another vise.

  • 5/5

    Great Vise - 2/10/2014
    By: from Bradenton, FL

    I have tied my first set of salt water flies and found this to be a wonderful travel vise. Easy to use and very effective. Better than a more expensive model I have been using.

  • 5/5

    Excellent vise - 1/3/2014
    By: from Charlotte, NC

    Impeccable fit and finish on this precision crafted vise. Not only does it perform it's required function of securely holding a range of hook sizes, but it's handsome looks adds to the tying experience!

  • 5/5

    perfect - 12/26/2013
    By: from prince george canada

    I bought this for my hubby for Christmas after doing as much research as possible. He loves it! He's one for quality and for the price he said it was a good deal. He stated that it is very smooth.

  • 5/5

    Superb Vise - 9/25/2013
    By: from San Jose, CA
    Top 10 Contributor

    This no-frills vise is probably the best vise out there for the money. Bombproof construction, easy adjustability, smooth rotation, the fine-tuned jaws holds the hook uniformly, and doesn't have a clunky design so you don't have to maneuver around added "stuff" on the vise. Another smart feature is on the gold ring that controls the tension of the rotary function: there is a micro screw that locks the ring that will keep the rotary function constant to your preference. The vise comes with the "omni" jaws, which are designed for hooks 2/0 - 20. I tie many saltwater, bass, and trout patterns with these jaws and they do a fantastic job. HMH also sells their "micro" jaws for hooks 18-31 and "magnum" jaws for 6/0-10, all of which are very reasonably priced compared to most other vise manufacturers, and the jaws are removed and installed easily just by unscrewing them.

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