I have picked up quite a few books already. I have fly fishing for dummies, the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide, Trout Streams of Southern New England,(fuller) Hatch Guide for New England Streams,(Ames)and the novel Trout Bum, (Gierach) I also have Barr Flies which is also very helpful. I have subscribed to Fly Fisherman Magizine for 2 years. I have a few DVD's by Scientific Anglers, and the Trout Bum movies too. All these Publications are helpful, but implementation is the hard part. Getting the drag free drift, not getting hooked up on the branches and so on.
For my equipment I have 2 rods. I have a Pfluger 8'6" 5 weight, with an orvis Battenkill reel, and I have a White River 5'8" 4 weight with a White River reel.(for the nasty overhanging shrubs) I have a pair of breathable waders, and a bunch of common tools. I am going to upgrade mu 5 weight though. It is a tip flex and my cousin has a mid flex that I can cast much better. I am thinking of the Orvis Hellios.