Re: New CDN member
Hey brucered welcome to the forum-- there's a lot of good stuff to browse through in the forums and info in the FAQ forums that might help. But keep asking questions as they come up-- lots of good folks here that can help get you going.
It sounds like you've got a lot of great fishing up your way--- and having a brother that fly fishes is a good thing- you can raid his fly boxes at the next family gathering.
One thing to keep in mind as you get into this, is that most people that chase a lot of different types of fish with a fly rod end up with more than one outfit. Rods with heavier line weights are used for throwing larger flies - so where a 10 weight might be a good choice for throwing large stuff at pike, an 8 weight might be a better choice for steelhead or throwing large poppers and bass bugs for largemouth, and a 5 weight might be a good all around choice for trout in streams.
So you might want to zero in on an outfit that would be a good choice for the types of fishing that you'll be doing the most.