Re: Seeking help with decisions for a fly fishing newbie
Buy the appropriately sized Cabela's, Redington Combo or call Allen Fly Fishing and have one put together there and you still have plenty of cash left to get a couple lessons and the rest of the stuff you have to have. I don't know how big those rivers are and how large the fish you will be catching run so rod length and weight will have to come from someone other than me.
After that, make some acquaintances with fishermen much more experience than you in the local shops or even from this forum and take them fishing with you. Let them give you advice and watch how they fish.
Learn to read the water with them. Remember: Foam is home, Rocks rock and Wood is good!
Poof! You are off to a great start.