Griffin Odyssey Spider Review
Griffin Odyssey Spider Review – Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise – The Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise is the entry-level model in Griffin’s range of full 360-degree rotating vises. Despite its low price, this vise meets Griffin’s high quality standards. The tempered steel jaws can hold hooks from size 28 to 4/0. The C-clamp secures your bench or table. Griffin vises are light years ahead of the pack. The technology in these vises delivers a tying tool that will operate flawlessly for years to come, from function and design to durability and pricing. For the price, the quality is exceptional. Made in the United States of America. Guaranteed for life.
Griffin’s inexpensive fly tying vises are well ahead of the competition thanks to advanced fly tying vise technology. Griffin assures a lifetime of immaculate performance and durability with models and features to suit both professional and beginner fly tiers. Their newly designed aluminium c-clamp gives the most positive gripping of any fly tying vise on the market. When you combine this with exceptional heat-treated steel and stainless steel cam jaws, you have the greatest fly tying vises on the market. This is the entry-level model in our real rotating vises line. This Vise satisfies our high quality standards. Jaw capacity ranges from 28 to 4/0. All hook sizes can be accommodated by the cam-operated mechanism.
- Supreme hook holding power
- Features true 360 degree rotation
- Includes C-clamp mount
- Tempered steel jaws holds 4/0-28 hooks
- Made in the USA
- Lifetime warranty
Griffin Odyssey Spider Fly Tying Vise Review
I enjoy spanking new items just as much as anyone else, yet there are some items that I keep for years. My old fly tying vise, like my now 12-year-old pickup, was another item that had seen better days. In terms of personal effects, it was simply antiquated! I don’t remember precisely when I acquired it (getting a vise isn’t really a life milestone), but it was probably around 1994. Despite having a semi-busted and cheesy c-clamp base, it worked well enough for the modest flies I usually tie, plus it had a nostalgic feel to it.
Clamp material: steel/aluminum
True-Rotary: Yes, it is true that it is true that it is true that it is
Yes, bobbin holder.
C-clamp as a foundation (about 1.5 inches of usable depth)
Sizes of hooks: 28–4/0
That ancient vise did its job, but it wasn’t particularly impressive and lacked some better features. A true rotating feature was one such feature that I was interested in but wasn’t convinced I wanted. Not only that, but the table clamp and vise jaws were becoming increasingly unreliable, so I thought it was time to upgrade.
I have no qualms with spending more money on some fishing gear, but a fly tying vise isn’t one of them.
I don’t tie very often and didn’t need a high-end vise, so I set a limited budget of $100 for myself. I came upon the Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise after looking at a few different vise manufacturers. It had genuine rotary functionality, excellent customer evaluations, and a price that was just below my budget—so I ordered one!
There is some assembly involved, but don’t worry—there aren’t many components, and putting everything together takes only a few minutes.
The vise looks great, feels robust, and is a relatively slim, compact product after it’s put together. It has a height-adjustable c-clamp base, a simple wire bobbin holder, twin screw jaw adjustments, and rotary firmness, handle positioning, and jaws height adjustments.
Griffin Odyssey Spider – Testing/Tying
Griffin claims that the Odyssey Spider can handle hook sizes ranging from 28 to 4/0, which should cover the great majority of fly tying applications. So far, I’ve tested it with hooks ranging from 4/0 to 10, and I’ve discovered that these hooks are held in much more firmly than they were in my cheap old vice. When it’s fully dialled in, the jaws are straight and smooth on the inside, yet there’s plenty of holding strength.
To retain a hook, release the rear (big) knob until the jaws are about the width of the hook at this precise location. After that, set the front knob so that the jaws’ tips are about the same width as the hook. Insert the hook and tighten using only the large rear knob now that the jaws are nearly parallel. When you’re done, simply back off the same rear knob and pull the fly out. Subsequent hooks of the same or comparable size can be simply inserted and tightened down using the huge rear knob, but if you make a significant hook size change, you’ll need to repeat the entire adjustment process.
These adjustments happen quickly once you grasp how it works.
The c-clamp base takes a good bite and firmly holds the edge of a table, while the rotational feature is one of those features I’m not sure how I managed to live without for so long. It comes in in when I’m equally applying cement or epoxy around a fly’s head, wrapping material like dubbing or hackle, or checking the rear of a fly to make sure material is dispersed evenly. The hook shank can be exactly aligned with the horizontal rotating axis of the vise by adjusting the height of the jaws with the provided allen wrench for true-rotary capabilities.
Each side of the rotary handle has a jam nut. The nut on the end secures the rotating handle, while the one nearest to the main stem modulates the rotation resistance. Although I adjusted the resistance rather high, the rotary operation is still smooth and effortless.
Finally, the bobbin cradle is a useful accessory that keeps the bobbin from twisting or swinging around. While the bobbin cradle may appear to be obtrusive, it easily swings to the side, out of the way, and can also be dragged up and down with ease. The bobbin holder is essential if you’re utilising the true-rotary feature to wrap materials on the hook rather than doing it by hand.
Don’t worry about memorizing everything—each vise comes with a helpful tiny instruction guide.
I’m really pleased with my purchase of a Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise. While this is billed as an entry-level product, I think it’s a wonderful pick for individuals who are new to fly tying or have advanced talents. Since this vise accommodates hooks up to 4/0, the only people who could be disappointed are musky and saltwater anglers that tie HUGE designs. For the rest of us, this vise does an excellent job.
The Griffin Odyssey Spider Fly Tying Vise is created in the United States and includes the above-mentioned instructions, as well as an allen wrench and an extra rubber o-ring. For around a hundred dollars, this is a great true-rotary vise combo!