06-24-2009, 07:48 PM
Re: Just another Newbie
Welcome to the board,
Sounds like you've been getting great advice, and your buddies will get you off to a great start--- and it's great you have a source of flies.
I haven't used one, but I've heard good things about the Scierra too.
As far as lines go, it can be tricky matching one up with a rod, and they're expensive. It would be good to try a few before buying if possible- perhaps lawn casting with your buddies stuff to try a few different ones. If that's not possible I'd try and find a fly shop, take your rod along and see if they can help match one up-- there are some that are a bit heavier than standard from Scientific Anglers (SA Mastery GPX) or Rio (Grand) that go for about 70 bucks that might be a good match if you're new to casting, as well as a ton of other options, typically from 40 bucks and up for name brands like SA, Rio, and Airflow. Less expensive "no name" brands can be great too---- or ****, so I'd stick to the names.
As far as leaders go, a couple monofilament tapered knotless leaders
7 1/2 foot 3X (for throwing weighted stuff like buggers)
9 foot 4X for dries wets and small nymphs
and a couple spools of tippet (untapered mono) that you'd add (about 2' or so) to the end of your leader in 4X, 5X and 6X. (there's a good post in the FAQ section on leaders and tippets)
With your buddies' flies and some of their coaching you should be all set.
Good luck, and keep asking questions as they come up.