Re: Want to tie, need information.
For starting out, hooks and beadheads are going to be one of your most expensive items. However, if you shop around online, you can save some serious money. Besides when I impulse-buy hooks at the local Orvis, I try to order mine from Allen. Their hooks are good, and the price is great. I haven't tried their beadheads yet, but the price is equally competitive. Having the quality vise is a very important start though. I bought a Danvise and while it works, I am already looking to upgrade to something a little more stable. However, the Danvise will definitely travel with me. But like William said, online is where it's at for sourcing materials for good prices.
Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...