Thanks for the welcome everyone. To be honest, I've done some serious research on swarm traps, trapping, and bee hunting. I'm not sure my first experience with bees should be removing them from a swarm trap though.
So I'm hoping to get up with some local beekeepers before swarm season to get my toes wet. As far as hives, frameless seems like the best option for me so I'm currently studying the pros and cons of vertical top bar hives vs. horizontal top bars. I can build both cheaply so I may just try both. Thanks again.