Thanks a lot you guys. Sounds like you have a lot of experience up there. I think I really lucked out. I was searching ebay for rods and got a St. Croix Premier 8wt for $85 including a decent reel with disk drag and all lined up. Haven't got it yet but its supposed to be brand new. That should do the trick.
Thanks for advice on patterns. We are staying real close to Coopers Landing so I doubt that we'll have trouble getting flies but I like to bring a good supply. If I start tying now, I should have some done by August!