Buy only what you need to complete the patterns you want to tie. So many websites (if you don't have a local shop) to get free shipping and no tax, usually with a $25 min. I do this a lot. Caddis Fly Shop, J. Stockards, Fly Fish Food....all of them have some great tools on for good prices. Just look around and make a few purchases. Stockard has hooks on sale now...through end of the month. Each month they have a sale on items...and sign up for newsletter for free shipping and bonus bucks.
BTW I was like you, I started tying a month or so before my daughter was born. I filled my clouser box in the hospital. Nurses give you some odd looks, but after they see what you are doing they laugh. Then once you get home, that baby enjoys sleeping in those rocking cribs, prop them up next to the computer and fly vise. Watch You Tube fly tying videos and tie em up while she sleeps. So many naps a day....so many flies to tie.
Now 22 months later, I can't tie a fly if she is awake...she wants back at my bench and yells "hooks, hooks, hooks" while pointing at my bench....LOL! She gets back there and pretends to tie flies and disorganizes my threads and tensile. Good times!!
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