Re: Introduction and Next Steps Questions
Welcome to the forum and to the sport. The beauty of the sport is that there is no set schedule on what you should attempt to do. Try one aspect of the sport, and keep at it until you want to try something different.
Raindogt mentioned tying. Be prepared for another addiction. You can spend many nights tying into the wee hours without notice time pass.
I'm a big fan of learning basic entomology. It is not necessary to learn the genus and species of each bug. But it will help being able to tell the difference between a mayfly, caddis, stonefly, or any other bug a fish may eat.