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A good primer that helped me is "The Curtis Creek Manifesto" by Sheridan Anderson. After 10 years, I still look through it to remember some basic stuff. Spend a few bucks at your local Fly Shop for a lesson or two on casting and gear selection, that will get you startd on the right foot and keep a lot of fustration out of the learning curve. Stay active on this site - sometimes you have to wade through some (fun)BS, but there are some very good fly fishers here and all will answer questions. Don't get intimidated by the infinite combinations of rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippets and flys. Start with a basic (in my opinion) 5-wt with a wff line and a hand full of Elk Hair Caddis dries and Pheasant Tail nymphs.

Then, get on the water. Rivers, streams, lakes and surf. Flail away. Catch something and, if one of the troubled species, release.

Another thought is for you to show up at any of the impromptu gatherings. We all spent time with our lines landing in a pile at our feet.

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