You will find this site to be one of your best resources for advise and information, do not refrain from asking a question. I would recommend that after you get settled on the rod and other gear (This will evolve with time ) when that perfect spring day comes and you hike down to the river, find that perfect spot with pools, undercut banks and runs with nice boulders that large dominant trout are holding behind and than you see 3 or 4 rises ....
This is the time to do nothing at all !
Sit down and watch the rises, what type of rise is it ? Read the water, what is the best way to work it and not spook the fish? What are they feeding on ? Turn over a few rocks and see what is living there. You don't have to know their scientific names but what color are they? size? do they have tails ? how many tails and legs?
A neat little book I got yrs. ago that helps is "Hatch Guide For New England Streams" by Tomas Ames Jr. perhaps they have one for your parts?
Slow down and enjoy the journey and may it be a long and pleasurable one !
Remember the old story?
"There was an old bull and a young bull up on the hill and the young bull says "hey , let run down and .......one of them cows? The old bull says "I got a better idea , lets walk down and ...... them all "