Re: advice to a beginner please.....
If I were you I'd find a fly shop that gives lessons. Not just casting lessons but fishing lessons. The usually will supply or rent gear, and give you the option to buy your gear afterwards if you decide you want to continue in the sport. Not sure where in PA you are located but Brandywine outfitters in Exiter use to run a fishing clinic. Thats how my Mom got started when she decided she wanted to join my Dad and I fishing.