Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
Welcome to the world of Spey
That Gathering in Monroe is the way to go. It's been around for a long time. A lot of casters, of all levels, will be there. Talk to them about what they use, where, & why. There will also be complete rod setups available for you to try. Ask for Aaron Reimer.
fwiw: my own preference, over the last ten or so years, has been a head setup. This allows me to change heads/sink tips (or not) to suit the seasons, without having to keep a huge inventory of rods,,,& reels,,,& lines. Not to mention, tote all that stuff around,,,,and worry about someone stealing it while I am 100 or more yards down the river!
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.