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Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I take care of my vise?

Periodically apply light machine oil to all moving parts. Humidity may cause your vise to rust. We suggest you store your vise in a dry place when not in use. Never leave your vise exposed to the elements or in your boat for an extended period of time.

The jaw o-ring will eventually break but replacements can be purchased from us, click on misc. tools and then on spare parts kit or most hardware stores carries a #12 neoprene O-ring.


2. Where can I purchase your vises?

We have many dealers worldwide. Please refer to our Home Page where you can search for our dealers by their City or Postal Code. If you are searching for a Dealer outside the USA, please click on the + on advanced search and choose the country.


3. What is the purpose of the Bobbin Cradle?

The Bobbin Cradle enables you to pull thread straight out from the hook. This prevents the thread from wrapping around the hook shank while rotary tying. Proper placement of the cradle while rotary tying should be directly inline with the hook shank and centerline of the rotary shaft. If you don't need the cradle in the tying process, simply swing it out of the way.


4. What is True Rotary?

The True Rotary feature allows you to rotate the hook a complete 360 degrees with perfect hook alignment. This insures that the application of thread or tying materials is smooth and uniform.


5. What are the advantages of True Rotary compared to stationary tying?

There are two distinct advantages of our True Rotary vise. The full rotation capability allows you to view the fly from virtually any position without having to move the vise or remove the fly from the vise's jaw. Secondly, you can apply material by rotating the hook instead of wrapping with the bobbin by hand.


6. How do I use the Parachute Attachment?

You will need a hackle plier to use our Parachute Attachment. You need to attach one end of the hackle plier to the Parachute Attachment spring and hold your material with the other.


7. How do I use or adjust the Rotary Actuator?

This is used to rotate the vise on the Presentation and Master series. The rotary actuator can be used either in a fixed position, (allowing the vise to rotate in either direction), or adjusted to rotate in only one direction and free rotation in the other direction, (which allows you to swing the handle down out of the way). Check Video for more details.


8. What is the Clouser vise or Clouser Arm?

The unique designs of these vises are engineered to facilitate proper material placement along the hook shank which is critical for achieving the silhouettes and profiles these patterns require. With the exception of the rotary shaft, the Clouser Series offers the same features as the Traveler Series including the ability to rotate the vise 360 degrees.


9. What is the proper hook placement?

To insure years of trouble-free service from your vise, correct hook placement in the jaws is vitally important. We ask you to please review your instructions for proper hook placement. Improper hook placement will cause your jaw to break. Placing the hook on the extreme tip of the jaw and over tightening the clamping screw or putting too much force on the cam will eventually cause your jaw to break or chip off. Failures of this type are not covered under warranty. There are 3-jaw positions, (for the Traveler and the Presentations 2000 & 4000), according to hook size.


10. What is the purpose of the Traveler Base Stem?

The height of the vise is designed to achieve maximum stability for the base. Generally, longer stems yield less stability. However, our stem extension for the Presentation 3000, 4000 and Master Series will afford maximum height with no appreciable loss in stability.


11. Where is the Master Video?

The instructional video that used to come with the Master Vise has been replaced with written instructions. We no longer provide this video.


12. Will the Saltwater Traveler jaws work on my Traveler Vise?

No. The Saltwater jaws only work with the Saltwater Traveler vise. The jaws are too big to fit into the Traveler vise jaw housing.

However if you have a Saltwater Traveler and wish to tie smaller flies, you could get a Renzetti Rotary Bent Shaft, ( Specify Right or Left) and a set of Traveler Jaws for hook #28 to #4/0. 


13. How can I convert my Traveler vise into a Saltwater Traveler vise?

You can do this by buying a Saltwater Traveler vise head only (top part of vise that will fit into your existing stem) or buy purchasing a Saltwater Traveler Rotary  bent shaft and a set of Saltwater Traveler jaws.


14. What does the warning label on the products mean?

The State of California passed the "Safe Drinking and Toxic Enforcement of 1986" better known as Prop 65. While we believe our products are not harmful, we are required to post this label on products sold in California. We made the decision to place this label on all products, regardless of who buys the products.


15. What does Prop 65 require?

Proposition 65 requires the Governor to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Agents that cause cancer are called carcinogens; those that cause birth defects or other reproductive harm are called reproductive toxicants. This list must be updated at least once a year. Over 700 chemicals have been listed as of March 10, 2000.


16. What kinds of chemicals are on the list?

The list contains a wide range of chemicals, including dyes, solvents, pesticides, drugs, food additives, and by products of certain processes. These chemicals may be naturally occurring, or synthetic. Some of them are ingredients of common household products, others are specialty chemicals used in very specific industrial applications.


17. What is the warranty on my vise?

Renzetti warrants that all its products will be free from non conformities in materials and workmanship for the life of the vise. Wear and tear is not covered under the warranty. Please read the product's instructions to avoid possible damages due to improper hook placement or rust.


18. How do I file a claim?

Please call us or email us for a repair authorization number, return the product, postage pre-paid, to Renzetti Inc., 8800 Grissom Pkwy, Titusville, FL 32780. Include a note explaining the problem and a day time phone number. If the repair of your product is not covered under the warranty, we will invoice you for parts, labor and shipping.


If you do not find an answer to your question, please call us at 321-264-6101 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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