When choosing a fly rod you need to ask yourself what are you fishing for. If it is trout the best alround rod would be a 4 to 5 weight rod of about 9ft. If you are mostly fishing small streams a shorter rod of 8 to 8'6". Rod action I would suggest medium to medium fast depending on your casting ability. For a novice a medium action rod is more forgiving. Most fly rods these days come in 4 sections, I don't see any advantage in 2 or 4 ptece rods they are harder to travel with and as resale value goes, nobody wants them.