Yup. Sounds like you’re off to a great start and have gotten great advice Alcorn.
The 6 weight will be your go to rod for SMB, LMB, trout and panfish, but you might use the 9 weight for stripers in lakes in IN if you chase them, and for throwing large stuff for pike in the BWCA and fishing large wind resistant stuff like deer hair bass bugs for LMB in heavy cover. (It’s also a great weight for salt water if you take trips)
Flymasters in Indianapolis FlyMasters of Indianapolis
is a decent shop and is pretty wired into the fishing opportunities and the where to go part. You could also download a copy of the IN DNR’s Fishing Guide here, it’s got a fish locator by lake/county towards the end of the pdf: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-2009FG_lo.pdf
A really good way to learn is to join a fly fishing club, there’s a few in Indianapolis that the shop could steer you to, or you could track down a club affiliated with the Federation of fly Fishers—there’s a couple in Indiana.
Locate a Club
or a Trout Unlimited Chapter if there’s one near you:
Council/Chapter Search | Trout Unlimited - Conserving coldwater fisheries
There’s a lot of stuff on this forum to browse through and the FAQ section here can probably can help a bit. You might also want to google “fly fishing 101” or pick up an intro to fly fishing book like the LL Bean Guide to Fly Fishing ( or anything similar from your local library. It’ll cover basic stuff to get you going. But since you’ve done a lot of fishing in the past, that will help a lot too in terms of finding fish, knowing where they hang out in streams etc.
BTW, I think you mean “Clouser Minnow” a great fly for most fish that swim, including smallmouth. It has barbell eyes on top of the shank that flip the fly so it rides hook point up, so you can fish it deep among rocks. It sounds like your GF’s father has you covered and is giving you great advice. You just might have to marry her….