I also wanted to add a lesson I have learned through years of flyfishing. When you are starting out the best way to get into the sport is to accually fish, even if it is with cheap gear. Cheap combo models will give you an entry level foot in the door. Also you don't have to fish for just trout. One of the best ways to hone your skills is on bluegills at a local pond. A cheap rod and bluegills may not sound like the way to look like the guys in magazines, but even they will tell you that skills are more important than gear. Skills are only gained by practice and if you don't like flyfishing(heavan forbid) there won't be a $500 rod in your garage that reminds you.