My wife bought me an inexpensive Fly Rod combo as a gift when she heard me tell her how I never fly fished in my life and wanted to learn. I picked up the rod and headed to the pond. Picked up a few bream and a small bass. I was hooked. Now I own two rods, but my casting stinks. Practice makes perfect, and I hear the Bass Pro shop holds fly casting lessons on Saturday mornings. I pretty certain I should have posted this on the fly fishing forum, but I yak to my locations and for the most part use I use conventional gear. Good luck to you Rick, happy fishing!