Re: Introductory Rod for a beginner..
Do yourself a favor and get a few lessons and/or hire a guide either at home or in the smokies. A guide will cost a bit more than lessons but it will end up being a lesson on the water. Use their equipment - let the instructor/guide know you are a beginner and would like their help in figuring out what rods might suit you. If you start out in this fashion you can't help but find that fly fishing is very much your bag. If you go out and buy some equipment cold and go try to catch trout with a fly rod you will get nothing but frustrated.