Re: help picking a rod
The standard seems to be a 9' 5 weight rod. That said, there is nothing wrong with a 4 weight for your target species. Good inexpensive fly rods are going to be in the $175 to $200 range new, less used. If you choose new the two that I would consider are the St Croix Imperial and the Winston Passport. My personal choice would be the St Croix because it is still make in the US but that's just me. You should try to find a shop where you can test cast them and probably get a bit of free coaching at the same time. A good rod will make the learning curve easier. Almost any reel will do as your target species are not going to be testing the reel's drag. A good line will also facilitate learning. Until recently that ment a $60 line, however Allen (an advertiser here) and Hook & Hackle now offer some good lines at a much lower price.