BK Mahoney"s is a great shop! But I must say the guys before me told you correctly, go to Little River Outfitters. I do however suggest you take their beginner class if you do not have someone to take you under their wing. I started with a used 9' 5 wt rod and reel and was happy with it until I learned the difference. Living in JC you are close to some premium water so success is just around the corner.