Tie a Pheasant Tail Nymph on a Norvise
tied by Norm Norlander



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Here in the Pacific Northwest it is Winter Steelhead Season which is a always a weather dependent proposition. We need rain but not floods.  Lately it has been the lack of sufficient rain to provide really consistent action.  In fact we have resorted to such desperate measures as washing our trucks.  Our Winter Steelhead seem to respond to brighter patterns and the approach locally involves spey style pattern with a bit of glitter and color especially in off-color water.  There are lots of patterns being submitted by Norvise fly tiers, shown on You Tube that are worth watching.  As far as Norm’s personal fishing success - lets just say I have been busy with the fly shows, OK?


Customer Letters

I met you at the Massachusetts Fly Fishing Show and purchased the whole thing. We subsequently spoke about using the bobbin and you told me to drop you a line about the video that was included but not placed with my order. I am looking forward to it and I'm sure I will enjoy it as much as I am enjoying the vise.

I have tied more flies in the past 3 weeks than in a year. Dubbing bodies has always been a frustration. The vise makes it so easy it is a pleasure to use it. This is one of the great advances in tying. The second greatest advance is the bobbin. The rewind feature is amazing. No longer having to keep tension on a thread while holding a bobbin and rewinding it . The workmanship is excellent. I have (had) other more expensive rotary vises that were not as smooth and did not have the hook holding power of the Norvise. As for the bobbin, there is nothing comparable.

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you next year. My regards to your lovely wife.

Anthony P. Jr. M.D.


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It's that time of year when we should be thinking about fly tying and replacing all those “did not work patterns”, replenishing the ones we ran out of, and copying the killer pattern sample you “borrowed” from a friend. When we set out to do some “production work” our Norvise really comes into its own. Take a few minutes to review the Norvise video on how to get set up. There will be some really great ideas that will be most helpful in improving both precision and productivity when we get into some serious fly tying. The results will be full boxes of dozens of perfect patterns.


Norm demonstrating at the Sportsman's Show in Anchorage, Alaska.

It's that time of year when we are sort of “wishing instead of fishing”, so we go to the Fly Fishing Shows to check out all the new stuff, places to go and how to do it. Norvise will be participating at some of these events and I look forward to this opportunity to meet with you in person. It is a great opportunity to pass on some new techniques and ideas for getting even more out of the best fly tying system in the world. Go to our Show Schedule to see when we will be in your area.



Norm in his shop working on his new fly fishing boat.

During the show season things slow down a bit with the construction of Norm's new fly fishing boat. He has made some progress. As you can see from the photo, Norm has moved on to the construction of the full-size boat. At this time, both sides are in place and the bottom has been secured. Now the finishing details and multiple coats of clear varnish. Norm hopes that he'll have things finished and "fishing-ready" by May. Stay tuned and we'll let you know about his first outing on his favorite lake.



One of the fun things to get involved with during these winter months is fly tying with others. This can be a lot of fun and also an excellent opportunity to learn something new as well as make some new friends. In many areas fly fishing clubs will get together on a regular basis, maybe at a public building or a members home. In some cases the local fly shop will provide a place to do this in their shop. It is amazing how often we pick up on something significant that has a very profound effect on our fly tying. New patterns, techniques, materials as well as fishing. Shown below is a group that gets together at Mossy’s Fly Shop in Anchorage Alaska every week. Interesting that most of them are using a Norvise. These guys know what they are doing!


Hey guys! Here's a great review of the Norvise from a Norvise owner "down under" in Australia. We might be a little biased but we couldn't agree more with their assessment and a "5 out of 5" rating. 

Product Review: The Norvise Fly Tying System

Not long after I started fly fishing I took the leap to tying my own flies. My first vise was a cheap nasty deal that I bought from a local sports store which clamped onto the side of a desk. This was quickly replaced by a slightly more expensive (but still cheap) tying kit that came in a nice wooden box. This vise was made from brass, and if nothing else, it looked the part, and it served me well for a good fifteen years or so. Then I stumbled across a review in an Australian fly fishing magazine of a new product that had come onto the market. The article spoke of how this system – called a Norvise –  revolutionised fly trying through the use of both a spring-loaded bobbin that applies tension on the tying thread, as well as the vise itself, which allows the tier to spin the fly effortlessly around its axis. Think of it kind of like a lathe, and your on the right track.

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Another feature of this newsletter will be to develop a forum for Norvise users to communicate with each other as well as myself. It may not be possible to answer all your letters personally but this does provide great input for the future.