I have tied for a lot of years and spent way more on materials than what I could have purchased the flies for. I made the mistake of reading "how to tie" books and if they called out possum, I bought it, and if they called out other exotic materials I went out and bought them. I have a desk full of materials that I only used for one pattern. My suggestion is take a class from somone and learn to use a few basic materials to tie a lot of patterns I only fish and tie dries now and rarely tie anything over #18 so my materials are limited. I tie for my pleasure and I also give a lot of flies away. I am one of those guys that if I am fishing and doing well and someone isn't and asks what am I using I will tell them and also give them some flies if I have a lot with me. For me there nothing better than catching fish on a fly I have tied !!! Another note: There is group of retired guys that tie flies at the Kent Senior Center every Tuesday from 9:30 -11:00. Everyone is welcome . We have extra materials. Just bring your vice and your lies !!!!!!!!!