Fly fishing alone is challenging - figuring out trout (especially in New England) is really challenging. For some people, Chris for example, catching their first trout can take some time. In his case over a year. The question becomes, what does one do to help speed up the learning curb? If you don't have access to a mentor, don't let it deter you. Sometimes hiring a guide, picking their brain, and catching a few fish is all it takes to open the flood gates. Once your start figuring out the basics, it gets easier. Once you catch that first trout, it gets easier to catch more. Be patient and soon you'll be double fisting fish, but most likely posing with one.