Welcome to the board. There are a lot of folks on here that are from your area, so ask away, just throw out some of the water youíd like to fish and the stuff you want to chase (bass?, panfish?, trout?, or even salt water stuff?). Iím sure folks will chime in with recommendations for gear in your budget, flies etc.
One thing you might want to do is check out Trout Unlimited: Council/Chapter Search | Trout Unlimited - Conserving coldwater fisheries
or Federation of Fly Fishers: Locate a Club
for local groups that are nearby. Youíll learn a ton and itíll really help your learning curve. Most will have beginning tying classes, casting clinics, informative meetings on local water, techniques, group outings to local streams etc, and youíll meet a bunch of folks you can learn from, try out different gear, and meet new friends.
There are also tons of books, and online resources that will all help cover the basics, but good place to start is to do a search through this board for threads on folks that are just getting started. A lot of them might help answer your questions, but feel free to ask if they donít.
Youíll have a blast.