Welcome you came to the right place for serious fly fishing and associated subjects. Another transplanted east coaster like me I see only I have only made it as far west as the great lakes (Chicago).
Look forward to your contributions.
P.S. I grew up in Northern NJ learned to fly fish there and the NY Catskills. Spent boyhood summner in Lake Winnepausaukee , NH area. Still love New England states. Now fish mainly Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin steelhead, salmon and stream trout.