Originally Posted by peregrines
It'll vary a bit depending on what you're chasing (and the fly sizes you'll be using) as well as the waters you'll be fishing. It sounds like your dad has a pretty good idea of what works for him. It's easy to find stuff on the web that says "get this and this and not that", but a good policy when starting out is to defer to local expertise---- so listen to your dad
Thank you kindly for taking the time to put so much info in your post. I appreciate it.
Basically, your list of equipment echoed my "beginner newbie" thoughts, except for the WF Line.
OK, a little background now that there's a solid answer posted:
Dad fished mostly for salmon. However, his "frugal" attitude is that there's no reason you can't use the same set up for pan size trout as you do for river run salmon. Right now, I have an 8 ft 5 wt Streamside rod, with an Okuma reel, loaded with Dacron backing and a Double Taper line. There's a knotless tapered leader tied to this.
Now, this is a set up suggested by the shop where I bought it a couple of weeks ago. Had I known what I know now, I would have asked for a 9' rod as I've read they're easier for beginners to cast with.
Right now, my fishing activities will include what I stated above, trout from pan size to 3 lb (no bass in this area of the world) so except for the length of the rod is the only thing I would have changed, from what I've read so far, and maybe the line type as you noted.
Dad's opinion, is I should have gone for a heavier set up in the beginning so I could comfortably fish for everything from 6" trout to 8-10 lb salmon. From what I've experienced so far, with light gear (as I have) it's fun catching small trout on light action, but I think caching those (most of my fishing activities) wouldn't be nearly as exciting as catching them on a rod set up for salmon. That being said, he says there's no reason I couldn't catch 8-10 lb salmon on the set up I currently have.
My opinion as stated to him was starting with light gear (as I have) and learn the craft, and then move up to heavier gear for salmon.
His response was "Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that's B*** S***".
So, to end my rambling, thank you again for your response, and in my opinion, you proved me right.