Re: Seeking help with decisions for a fly fishing newbie
I'm not sure where you are located, but if there is an Orvis shop near you, they give free fly fishing classes from time to time. I think it's called FF 101. It is a free class, they explain everything a beginner will need to know, and will teach you how to cast. I tagged along a few years ago with my wife and in-laws (they had never fly fished) before we took a trip out to MT. It actually helped me get back into it, since I was coming off of a 10+ year hiatus. Yes, there is a slight sales pitch, but it was worth it. They also gave you some coupons to use in their store if you decided to buy something.
Just throwing out a "free" option that will probably be useful to you as a beginner, while saving your cash for the equipment. It will also give you the opportunity to cast different rods to see what type suits you the best.