you wont need much if you are just starting out, and especially if you are just going to tye saltwater patterns.
Salt water patterns are pretty straight forward and easy to tye (in respect to a lot of trout flies) and as Jim points out there, there are only a few popular patterns that will cover a lot of species.
The main objective is to get a vice that holds the hook securely and most vices will do this, even the cheaper ones. My vice cost £20, its small and clamps onto the table, it works fine.
After that, then 2 bobbins (to hold 2 different colours of thread) for convenience, a good pair of scissors (these blunt over time and are worth replacing periodically, look after them - avoid cutting thick wire etc if possible), a whip finishing tool, and a dubbing needle, with suffice for starters. Some basic materials will be all you need for starting also, and then you can start looking at resins, UV torches etc as you progress.
if there was any other advice i could offer on how to learn how to tye, then it would be to watch all the videos on youtube by Davie McPhail - just to see techniques and how it is 'done' by one of the best out there. Great videos, saltwater patterns are pretty straightforward.
A fantastic hobby. Enjoy
[b]2017 hopes: first tope / a specimen flounder (2.5lb+ or >40cm+) / a 6lb+ wild brown trout
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