I bought what must have been one of the last 12', 6:4 rods from AllFishingBuy, along with some line and tippet. I asked the guy at Leland Fly Fishing in downtown SF to pick out 10 "all around" flies for me. I went with the AllFishingBuy rod, knowing that it would likely be of lower quality, because this is my very first foray into the sport, and I know there is always opportunity to buy more gear later. Besides, it doesn't make sense to spend more money on a nicer rod when it might not even be the right rod for me. I'm surprised this wasn't anyone's advice.
Once my gear arrives I plan to head to the Golden Gate Casting ponds for perhaps a lesson and definitely some practice.
I bought and read the "curtis creak manifesto" - an illustrated fly fishing primer. Great book - visuals are quite helpful, along with the pared, choice words of the author.
Looking forward to getting some practice, and hopefully finding some experienced, wiser teachers to show me the ropes.