Thank you for the warm welcome.
I'll take your advice regarding the poppers and the small lake scenario but what about a "getting started" rod and reel combo? Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops have some great choices and Orvis has a very nice setup for beginner's. The ones that I am interested in range from around $150 to about $200 for a four piece rod, reel and line to get you started. Are there any specific names of manufacturers I should be looking for? I'm guessing that since we're just starting out high quality equipment probably isn't the most important thing - the high quality stuff can come later as we get better at casting and learning fly fishing techniques.