Re: Want to tie, need information.
If you know any hunters, two pheasant tail clumps will keep you ion PT materials for a LONG time! If not, 4-6 center tail feathers will allow you to tie an easy 50 of a selection of most sizes of PTNs. If you need ribbing wire, strip an old section of wire from Xmas lights and you're set.
A Hare's mask will allow you to tie 50-100 GRHEs because you use hair from different parts of the mask for the fly. And if you blend a synthetic with the fluff hair, it'll go even farther. It will also allow you to achieve many color combos, like olive, tan and rust by using just a natural colored mask.
You can buy a bag of strung herl, but the best quality 'stuff' comes form buying individual feathers and then picking the herl off the stem. Most bagged stuff isn't as robust, so it won't look as nice when tied. A stem will yield 30-40 flies usually.
If you can find a mottled Whiting hen neck, it will serve for many different flies and last quite awhile. If not, buy a grizzly and a brown speckled.
Buy a package of assorted goose biots, that will serve for your Prince wings and other flies later. As a second option, you can get a Tyvek envelope (from the post office) and trim the white section into "biots" for prince wings (the fish don't seem to mind =) )
And yes, Whiting 100 packs are a good way to go for dries, but they are a bit tougher to find right now and they aren't cheap. You might want to contact Denny at Conranch and see what he has available wwwDOTconranchDOTcom he has great product at very reasonable prices.