I vote for a 8wt 9' , 3 or 4 piece, with
a intermediate line. Look at a SAII 8/9
# reel, and as mentioned the rod is key!
Check this out:
I sent my wife to FF classes last year$$, but she didn't keep practicing, and lost a 30-40# tarpon a couple of weeks ago in the Cayman's. The guide spent the entire morning with her working out what she was doing wrong, only to lose
a fish cause she didn't bow or let go of the spool handle on the jump. This was a $400 fly fishing on-the-water lesson!
I spent $100 on Bone, Tarpon, Permit fly's, $300 on a 4 pc fly rod, $100 for
bonefish flyline and backing, $100 for a spare spool, plus another $100 to fill it, $75 vest (you got to look good)
$50 for a flats hat.... ect.....
My advise is "DON'T DO IT!"