Re: starting flies?
If you do plan on fishing for trout, I'll tell you a little secret. Most of the time, trout aren't all that selective either. Unless there is a blanket hatch of something going on, it you put a fly where a trout can see it, and it looks at least semi edible, you'll catch some fish.
We like to make like trout have a PHD in entomology. guess what, they don't. When they are hungry, they don't particularly care if it's a cheeseburger, hot dog or chili fries that comes floating along. As a matter of fact, now I'm hungry.
Most important thing to remember - have fun!