Well I started several years ago with a inexpensive vise. I tied Elk Hair Caddis, Hairs Ears, birds nests, wooly boogers and one or two other simple nymphs. Matter of fact my son's and my trip to the Upper Sacramento River a couple weeks ago we both caught fish on some of the flies I tied way back when.
I just paid for membership dues this morning for the local Fly Fishing Club and I'll take their fly tying class so I can become proficient also one of the local shops gives lessons on tying one fly per week on Sundays for only $2. So until I make to my first Club meeting next month...
I think I'm set on buying a Peak vise with pedestal since I didn't like the clamp on the other one . The Peak just seems to me to be the best bang for the buck to me.
I have a couple questions is there a web site or several sites that is the best place to buy tools, hackle, etc. at the best prices?
I also remember back when I tied before that a friend of mine told IIRC to buy hoffman saddle hackles, because they were the best bang for your buck compared to some of the more popular brands. Is this still true and are there other things like this I should know about?
Anything else I should know in this regard.
If you can't tell getting a bargain is very important to me...because I'm a California State Employee and we are being furloughed 3 days per month which is almost 15% of my income.