I'm considering taking up tying some of my own flies this winter. Mainly, I'm interested in tying the flies I use the most and subsequently loose the most. Adams (18, 20, 22), griffiths gnats (20 22, 24), midges, assorted bead head nymphs (pheasant tail, prince, etc.) and non bead head nymphs (assorted hares ear, zebra nymph, etc), Woolie buggers, bluegill poppers (foam body and cork body), assorted foam bugs (spiders, hoppers, creepy crawlie things, etc.)
So, my question is given the thousands of gadgets out there, what is really needed to get started tying some of the above basic kinds of flies? Also, specific recommendations are welcome (i.e. Brand XYZ scissors, Brand and Model XYZ vice, etc.).
Also, recommendations of good books and videos to get me started on the right foot.
Unfortunately, I do not live close enough to LRO to attend a fly tying class there and I'm not aware of any classes around my area (need to check)
Since I've never done this before any recommendations are welcome. If the recommendation is run away and just buy your flies, that is also a welcome recommendation.
I do not see this as a cost saving proposition (investment in tools looks like it would buy a LOT of flies) but more of a "darn, I need a black widget waxing fly and I don't have time to order one to be shipped before the next outing" kind of a deal.