Re: Hello I'm New Here..
Last flies I purchased I bought out of this sort of guilt reflex. I picked un interesting flies in a local shop, mentally dissected them and memorized them and put them back in thier correct little bins. After realizing I had everything I needed to try the new-to-me patterns I was going to leave empty handed because what I went there for wasn't available.
The one guy working there was genuinely friendly and amiable on my way past him to the door. I stopped and thought about it for a second, went back and picked up one of each of the flies I was going to copy. The guy looked at me a little weird; maybe because I was buying singles and had an odd little collection. He smiled and shook his head when I offered "Examples are a good thing to have, non?"
Anyhow, I am pretty sure your best-bang-for-the-buck flies are going to come from a local tyer or from a tyer how is willing to tie to suit for you. You'll pay more for the flies, but they will probably hold up and fish a whole lot better.
I'm currently out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message, and if you would like to reach me by phone, please hang up now.