guys, thank you very much for the advice!
Seagull, I've had a couple of monsters make a complete fool of me in the past few days. My buddy's lamson velocity reel that he let me borrow (along with his 9wt) now has a broken drag system.... I'll leave it at that.
Flat, I like your 10 secrets. I fall in line with most of those (other than no boat). Not married, and I spend an unhealthy amount of time tying flies. I remarked to my fishing buddy that I couldn't believe no one was out fishing on a saturday evening. He said something like, "most people have social lives, you just fish". Oh, yeah, I forgot about that.