As has been noted, a considerable number of the fellows live in your immediate area. And, it's about time we get a fresh approach to the views of 'crotchety old men.'
) Well except for Ryan and ExtrmBkr; their 'crotchety,' just not 'old men.'
Several very active members of the board are in your immediate area; when you deside to take the 'spey plundge' lessons will be the least of your problems.
As said above: "Welcome A-Board!"