Re: beginner got a good set up?
yeah, a bamboo rod is made out of planed strips of wood, so you'd see that. Sounds like you have a fiberglass rod, probably yellowish?
The fly guy probably set you up with a weight forward 6 weight fly line, (with a thicker portion at the front end) and it'll probably work well with you rod if you want to practice casting with it, or tie it to your sister and reel her in.
Take alook at the youtube video to get a feel for what you're supposed to do, then tie 1" piece of yarn on the end of the leader as the "fly" if you want to practice on the lawn. (Don't practice on cement or gravel it'll scuff up the fly line.)
Make sure you have 30 feet behind you for your backcast, and nothing like kids, power lines, trees etc in the way. Strip out about 10 feet of fly line from the tip, and another 10-15 feet from the reel onto the grass next to you and have at it.
When you start, remember it's all about the timing. Go easy and don't try to muscle your way through the cast. Distance and timing will come, for now work on getting it out 25-30 feet. That whip crack sound you'll be hearing means you're not waiting long enough for the backcast to straighten out before you make you're forward cast. It'll be frustrating at first, but everyone starts this way so pay your dues, and you'll be casting well before you know it.
Keep posting questions as they come up. There's lots of good folks here to help out. Good luck!