Steelhead win their battles quite often. I agree that they are great fighters. 77j
You can learn to tie by visiting www.flyanglersonline.com
. It is a wealth of information with very good tutorials for beginners. As you progress with your abilities, you'll find advanced tutorials there too.
Check out this post
before you buy a vise. It contains one of the best fly tying vise reviews that I've ever read.
Best bang for the buck for tools? Hmm...scissors, bobbins, bodkins (dubbing needles), tweezers, and possibly more. I like to buy tools made by cosmetic companies when possible
. I find them at department and drug stores. The quality can be exceptional. Purchase prices are generally
lower for equivalent or better quality in my opinion. Though, I'd better note that I now have a trained eye and the experience to know what to look for in tools for my purposes. Your best bet might be to search for the basics on this board (search function) and across the web (Google). Fly Anglers OnLine can also get you started.
1b2 and enjoy the hobby.