The first "Short Cut" focuses on setting up a fly rod. If an angler purchases the fly rod, fly reel, and fly line as separate parts, the angler can walk out of the shop and have no clue about putting it all together. In most cases, the fly shop salesperson has the expertise to add the backing and fly line to your reel and get you ready to go. In some shops the salesperson is a guide and will share their skill and knowledge. Whether they are a guide or not, they should be able to accommodate the customers requests. Just ask.
As for pre-assembled kits, they can range in price from about $100 to over $500. There are so many manufacturers of fly fishing equipment, finding the right one for you and your budget may require some homework on the part of the customer. It definitely will pay dividends to ask questions and utilize the sales staff at your local fly shop. Most fly fishing professionals will share their knowledge and experience freely to enhance the growth of fly fishing.
If there are questions about getting started in fly fishing, post them in the comments section of this blog post and we will do our best to provide an answer.