Rods and Reels
What kind of rod do I need to start with? Good question. Lots of answers. Mainly what are you going after and how much do you want to spend.
Starting out, I wouldn't spend that much. I would even check pawn shops and used gear stores. Sometimes you can find good deals online. So just check around and price shop. Things don't cost the same at every store.
Next is the action. If you're not familiar with the term, it's how much the rod bends. Rather how much of the rod bends. Slow rods bend almost to the grip. Fast rods mostly bend at the tip. Slow is better for starting out. Getting the timing of casting down takes a little practice. Like the name implies, you have more reaction time on the slow rods. Getting the timing down in the beginning is more important than accuracy. But it won't take long. Just remember to look around. Your fishing, in a beautiful scenery, where none of our problems have followed. No frustration allowed. Breath, cast, reel, catch. SMILE!
Fly rods are sold by weight. So are reels. Most people say they should match. A 5 rod with a 5 reel. For starting out 5 and 5. If you're going after bigger things at first go bigger. You should start out with the smaller fishes and rigs. At least till you get the "swing" of it.
Fly rods come in lengths from 7 to 9 feet. For starters get a 7.5. The longer the rod the farther you can work the fly. Big open river bend = 9feet. 7 is for quicker more accurate casts, and where there's not a lot of room.
Rod lengths vary from 7 to 9 feet. Get one you feel comfortable with and works in the terrain you're going to fish in.
Next on the list is the reel. Which kind should I start with? They come in weights just like rods do. For a beginner go for a 5. Bigger fish = bigger reel. It also depends on how much line you need.
The arbor is the tube that your line reels around. It effects line memory and drag. It also is a factor in how much line you can have.
Line memory is the lines' uncanny ability to remember it's been coiled around the arbor when it needs to lay straight when you cast. It can be very annoying. If you don't know already, one day you might.
The arbor also determines the retrieval rate. Every rotation of the arbor picks up line. Large arbor, quick retrieval.
Arbor also effects drag. Drag is where a fish can pull out line. It takes a certain amount of pressure to do this. Large arbors have more consistent pressure. Which equates to less fish breaking line or pulling out the hook.
There are 2 basic types of arbors. Large and small.
There used to be only one type. Small. The large arbor is the biggest advance on fly fishing gear EVER! Well maybe not ever but it does help. . . on bigger fish.
If you're after small trout or whatever then a small arbor will work just fine. Remember, for decades that's all there was. People still caught fish.