Originally Posted by williamhj
Hopefully no damage to your rod! Glad you didn't get hurt either. A good argument for sunglasses. To work on your cast use unweighted or lightly weighted flies. Heavy flies require adjustments to your cast so learn the basic cast first then add the weight.
+1 to the above. With a rod of that length and line weight you won't be tossing a huge or heavy fly until you get a lot of "time in grade" casting wise. Don't forget to keep the rod canted out 5-10 degrees to keep those pesky flies off the back of your head.