Started out pretty much like Xvigauge. I started back around 1962. First vise was homemade, a clothespin, 3/16's machine screw, couple of washers and a wing nut. Most materials came from Herter's Inc.. Picked up a kit from the local sporting goods store and that included a better vise. Tied mostly for myself and a few friends from the day one. It was almost all wet flies and streamers, fishing the local lakes for Panfish.
Got hooked up with a local sporting goods store back in the early 90's. Did a lot of wet flies for him for the early Spring fishing. Made a name for myself in regards to wet flies. That store had been gone for a few years. I still get calls from guys that bought my flies thru him in the Spring, looking for Black Gnats.