1 bit - ASK
If there's one thing I learned in my past 37 yrs - don't be afraid to ASK
There's no dumb / stupid questions.
Everyone here has been in beginners shoes.

2 bit - LISTEN
Open your eyes and ears - listen to those that have been there. But don't be afraid to ASK.

Don't be shy on 1 or 2. Some people come across as guru's of fly fishing. Given their due, and acknowledging their seemingly vast knowledge - also remember - they are only human.

I've asked, I've listened. I've gone a long way in a short while - still asking, still listening.

And (as I see he's been here about) as my bud flyfisheranonymous notes - don't forget the PIE.