I have a fly rod that has been collecting dust for about 5 years now. The few times that I have actually attempted to use it, Ive been lucky if I caught a few chubs. My lack of ability has kept the fly rod at home. I know that Im going to catch fish with spinning gear, and I know that Im going to catch trees with the fly rod. That makes it difficult to take the fly rod when it is a two-hour drive to get to the nearest trout stream. Im thinking about giving it another try (the trees are in BIG trouble). This time however, I want to start with smallmouth. They are very plentiful, easy to catch, and I dont have to drive 2hrs to get to them. Hopefully, they will be easy enough to catch to keep me interested in using the fly rod. Now, I have NO idea what Im doing with this gear, and I have never even fished with anyone that knows what they are doing. Let me repeat that I have NO idea what I am doing! So, I have some really stupid questions: Do you even use the reel when fighting a fish? Ive never been it that particular situation You dont use the reel when working the fly do you? I think that my rod is a 6wt (whatever that means), and I have some yellow floating line on the reel. Will this be sufficient for smallmouth fishing? Can I use a fluorocarbon leader, or should I get some of those Orvis leader things? The yellow line has a loop on the end? Do I work a streamer like a grub or a jig? Would it be easier to learn to fish (cast) a larger fly (bass popper), or something lighter like a streamer? Will the dude at BPS know what type of flies I should get? Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!