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HMH Fly Tying Vises

Jonathan Larrabee, the face of HMH Fly Tying Vises, sits with a newly finished vise in his shop at the Pepperell Mill Campus, photographed by Portland Headshot.

Jonathan Larrabee, the face of HMH Fly Tying Vises, sits with a newly finished vise in his shop at the Pepperell Mill Campus, photographed by Portland Headshot.

The finest fly tying vises you can own

The milling machines that Jon and his staff use to make these gorgeous fly tying vises sit right across the hall from my photography studio. It’s eye opening to see so many small companies that are nationally known for what they make right here in the heart of Maine.

HMH Fly Tying Vises
Building 15 Suite 219
MON-FRI, 9AM-4PM, and by appointment
www.hmhvises.com

Who are you and where are you from?

We are HMH Fly Tying Vises. We are one, if not the oldest current manufacturer fly tying vises in the United States. We started in New Boston, NH originally and after moving around a few different places, we settled in Maine in the mid 1990’s.

Tell me a little about your business?

We manufacture and assemble fly tying vises and sell the tools and materials for fly tying. The products we make and sell are all around the art and practice of making a fishing fly. Many enthusiasts buy a vise to make their own fly’s rather than buying the completed fly from a store. We have made many loyal customers who have been tying their own fly’s on HMH vises for 40 years.

What made you choose the mill for your business?

Since 1995 HMH was located in the Ft Andros Mill in Brunswick. We decided in 2015 to move because the campus is much closer for me. The commute to the mill is about 15 minutes compared to a 65 minute commute to Brunswick. It was similar to the space we had at Ft Andros, so it was a comfortable fit for us.

How long have you been doing this?

We have been in business since 1975.

What makes your business interesting to you?

Fly fishing is a niche market. You either love fly fishing or get fed up with it the first time you try it. I have been fly fishing since I was a teenager, so you begin to know people and get into that niche of people who share the same passion. We are also a very small company who gets to play around with and supply both the much larger companies and also small ‘Mom and Pop’ companies. We sell all around the world. Shipments left Building 15 just this week headed to Taiwan, Denmark, and England, not to mention Canada, Oregon, Minnesota, and Arkansas.

My sons were in London this past summer and went into a store a block from Buckingham Palace. When they went in there was an HMH vise for sale! How cool is that? A little closer to home, you can find our products for sale not only, in the large outfitters such as L.L. Bean, Orvis, Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, but also smaller shops like Bretton’s in Wells and Eldridge Brother’s in York.

What makes you stand out from others in the same industry?

We are 100% Made in USA and the vises are 100% Made in Maine with the accreditation to go with it! Our customers know we have the highest quality and strive for perfection. They know this because we give every vise leaving the shop a Lifetime Guarantee.


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The Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford, Maine photographed by Portland Headshot, a brand of Peter Greeno Photography, for The Mill ProjectThe Mill Project is a joint partnership project between Portland Headshot, a brand of Peter Greeno Photography, and the Pepperell Mill Campus, redeveloping Biddeford’s historic mill campus.

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