Welcome to the forum. This is a great site for beginners. There are several experts moderating this forum so you should get some excellent advice.
I’m happy to see that you’re taking a fly fishing class. A good education will go a long way. Did you know that Tyler Junior College offers an evening fly fishing class also? I am the intructor. That class includes a day at Beaver's Bend State Park. In the fall, Kilgore College will probably offer a class at the Longview campus. I'll teach that class also. This May, I'll be teaching a class for Panola College at the Center campus. Hopefully you can join us some day.
Again, welcome to the forum and thanks for registering. Please keep the posts coming.