Re: Novice from STL
If you are close to St Louis then Feather-Craft gives free casting lessons every Saturday morning. I don't know about Winter time though. I would give them a call and see what they can do for you. 1-800-659-1707
Or, better yet just stop by and have a great time looking at all the fly fishing gear. Everyone who works there is very knowledgeable about fly fishing. They have a full selection of rods from most manufactures.