Great topic! Flyfishing AND catching nice fish, riding the bike to do it, and wife gone for 3 months!
I am too late to add my advice but will. When I got into flyfishing, I also practiced in the yard with a piece of tape on the end of the tippet. It was pretty easy until I went fishing and put a fly on..... when the line came back for the backcast, I realized there was a hook coming at me!!!!! Took awhile to stop ducking. So my advice would be to practice with a hook on.
Great fish for a first time out!!!! I have yet to get out this year and its killing me.