I am getting an instructor to help me out before I learn on my own the wrong way.
Great! You will be very glad that you did. Make sure to let them know that you also would like some instruction specifically on casting in tight streams.
I've got the 8'6" 3wt TFO pro and like it very well. If you have the need for it, you'll find it to be lots of fun for panfish on small ponds as well. I am normally totally opposed to overlining rods, but if all of your casts are going to be 25' or less, a 4wt line would work well on that rod too, as its pretty fast for a 3wt.