Excellent it sounds like you’re having fun, even without the fish. How’s the casting going? Just as a heads up, it's always a good idea to put a piece of yarn on the end of your leader (or tippet) when practice casting, it'll keep your leader or tippet from fraying. Casting is mostly a timing thing, rather than strength and muscle, so relax and take it easy, it will come. Oh and that crack you here once in awhile means you're not waiting long enough for the line to straighten out on your backcast
It sounds like you're ready to blast off for trout with your 5/6. Are you planning to do steelhead too with the 7/8? That would be great for that-- but a little steeper learning curve than trout. The 7/8 would also be great for smallmouth and largemouth bass if you have them around.
Where abouts are you in Oregon and what water do you plan to fish for trout?
If you have a local fly shop, it might be a good idea to buy stuff there- they’ll be a great source of info on local patterns, where to go, show you how to rig stuff up and answer your questions. We can help there too though if you don’t have one nearby. And feel free to shout if you have any questions at all.
In the meantime, here are some links that might be helpful:
This one is in response to a post from a guy that is new to FF but will be taking a job as an intern in a wilderness area in Utah--- it goes into stuff you’ll need besides rod and reel and fly line and backing. You won’t need the compass, signal mirror stuff if you’re fishing near civilization.
Here’s a good link to different knots used in fly fishing:
Animated Knots by Grog
Here’s a link to a post with more embedded links with some general stuff that might be helpful (a search feature for finding a local fly fishing club—a great way to get up to speed) and some pretty good fly fishing videos:
And here’s another pretty recent one with info on a basic trout fly selection, some links to reading water and “mending line” to get a natural drift with your fly on a stream, how to fish different types of flies etc:
We have a few folks from Oregon, you might want to post your questions in the main forum so they get a lot of responses. We have a few members in Oregon, and hopefully they'll weigh in with some tips for your waters.