Welcome to the forum and to the US. If you like trout thatts cool, but you're a 'Murican now damnit! Bass are almost mandatory. Plus you have pike up there as well as bluefish, tuna and stripers. Buy yourself an 8wt and expand your horizons. Cabelas was selling a nice package, a Redington Pursuit rod and reel for $99. That's basically free and a cheap way to try it out. Add in a handgun, a NASCAR or NFL hat and a pickup and we'll make an American out of you in no time.
PS Drinking our beer and whiskey is not required. I'd stick with the Scottish stouts and Abelour or MacCallen.