Re: Hello from Idaho!
Dennis you are right in that you need to watch someone or better yet see if there are classes. This will also help you in finding the right rod.
If you think you have the basics down, then I suggest trying different actions out. You will find one that you will feel effortless in casting.
Until then, I don't think I can give you ideas on which rod.
Are you a fast action / medium action / slow action caster?