Last night was my first time on the water with a fly rod and it was an experience. I talked my Dad into letting me "borrow" his old fly rod for something to do and the thing is older than me (I'm 30). He spent about 10 minutes showing me how to lift the line and cast without hooking myself in the ear. I took the rod home and spent about one hour practicing over the next couple days. I was ready to go fishing (queue laughter). I grabbed the rod and hit the water, within 15 minutes of hitting the water I lost 3 flies, hooked the back of my shirt, got tangled in the grass and bushes behind me about ever 3rd cast, and managed to spend more time untangling myself than in the water. Why would anyone in their right mind do this? I'm ready to head back to the car and grab my 5'6" ultra light for some real blue bill fishing. Then it happened, a blue gill hooked himelf on my popper (I had nothing to do with it). By some combination of lifting the rod tip, stripping the line and the fish swimming straight at me I landed him. It was a small palm sized bluegill but felt like a monster. My heart was racing and I had a huge grin on my face. I left the water shortly after that fish and spent the rest of the night thinking about that little disturbance in the water when the fish took the popper, in fact I had a dream about it. I'm hooked... If I have another time on the water like last night and I'll probably hurt myself or the rod. I've watched some youtube.com videos and borrowed a book that tells about the equipment, but I think I'll need someone to show me. Is there anyone is around Akron/Goodyear heights that wants to show me the basics. I can't really afford professional lessons but I'm past the point of putting down the flyrod and going back to a bobber/worm.