Re: Newbie questions
If you're going to go after only those species, and don't expect to fish for trout, then I would actually go with a 6wt rod. A 6wt will work better for the larger/heavier flies that work well on bass. Definitely go with a floating line. The best flies to try starting out will be Wooly Buggers in dark colors, size 8. Further down the road, look into getting some Clouser Minnows and some small poppers. ffffg is right about bringing the line in by hand to land fish in most all cases. You use basically the same motion that you would to add action to the fly by stripping line, just with the rod held up in the air, pulling tension against the fish.