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Gear Review: Colorado Fly Works’ Pueblo Vise

Colorado Fly Works has married form, function and style to create a full rotary vise that provides an exquisite tying experience. COO, Scott Harwood explains the birth of the idea, “The vise concept came from the need to offer a vise from our company that we could design and manufacture in USA using disabled veterans.  Since we have a large group of vets in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo area, this seemed like a great fit.” When speaking to machinist, Ron Lehne, about this project I was struck by the innovative design features that he and the team came up with when creating the Pueblo. Harwood describes these features:

This vise introduces two(2) new patents to the industry in vise design. 1) The dovetail jaw design provides for a very stable, easy to use, jaw slide which promotes easy adjustment along the jaw base and extreme stability of the jaw at various angles. 2) The cam on the jaw is a uniquely designed feature exclusive to The Pueblo Vise which makes hook changes simple no matter what size hook you are working with.

This vise is slick. It is beautifully machined and well designed. Made in the USA.

The Details

Some of the noteworthy details that we discovered while tying with the vise over the last several months were a smooth rotation platform and the ability to hold an array of hook sizes. There is a groove in the jaws that required a little time to get to know but after some practice it was easy to use effectively to hold on firmly larger hooks. I managed to get to check out two different pedestal bases, one sporting a cool anodized fish graphic and the other with a bomb proof black finish. Both were heavy and nicely finished. All parts are beautifully machined, feel rugged and are sturdy. Options exist to choose the type of rotary handle that suits your tying style as well as two options for the jaws of the vise. I preferred the cam jaws that they offer for my saltwater tying while trout fisherman and others may enjoy the two point adjustment jaws that use dual thumbscrews to fasten the hook. Both performed well in the many hours of tying I performed with each. Both types of jaws and handles are displayed on the Colorado Fly Works YouTube channel. There you will find many videos outlining many of the vise’s unique design features as explained by CEO, Jon Neville, and the rest of the team at CFW.

Rotary adjustment knob option pictured here. There is also a knob with machined handle available (previous photo). Cam jaws are displayed here as well.

The Mantra

The folks at Colorado Fly Works have a dream to create high quality fly fishing and fishing equipment for the world. Part of that dream entails creating jobs through Project Healing Waters, which assists recovering veterans with employment, and donating generously to charities as the company grows. Currently CFW donates a portion of their proceedings to Dumb Friends League (pet shelter), Volunteers of America Brady House (battered women’s shelter), Pratt House (providing permanent housing for low income and homeless families). They believe in being socially responsible and take it very seriously. Specifically, CFW donates 10% of the sale of each vise, from the manufacturer, to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing – Colorado Springs.

The simple yet effective two point adjustment jaws use dual thumbscrews.

The Lowdown on Pricing and Distribution

This vise comes in four(4) basic models starting at $338.40 for the basic model to $378.00 for the top model with the handle and cam jaw features. Custom orders are priced on a per-order basis.

Currently, Colorado Fly Works‘ Pueblo Vise is only offered through approved dealers. Their contact info is below:

Colorado Fly Works

Any dealer who wants to carry this vise can contact Director of Marketing, Jason Curry: (970) 418-4550 or  jasonwcurry22@gmail.com

Email: contact@coloradoflyworks.com

Phone: (970) 418-4550

The Pueblo Vise appears in many of the videos CFW has to offer on their YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out.

 

 

 

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