Kush, those are priceless observations. As I read, I was thinking: What kind of skill(s) should we be competing to demonstrate in a spey competition? Put another way, what are the demonstrable advantages to fishing with the two-handed rod?
The question sort of answers itself. We want to cast far - and then farther. And we want to have superior control over the fly once it's on or in the water.
The first idea I had started at the edge of rationality, and then devolved. What if we had a contest with a sort of hocky net-contraption anchored to a stream bed, several feet under water, where the object was to drift a fly-substitute into it, using the contestant's choice of sinktip or other fly fishing-compatable sinking device... with the net rigged with some sort of sensor... no, too high-tech... perhaps an underwater high-res. video camera... with screens where the judges and audience could watch the "fly" hit or miss the net...
No, too expensive and unwieldy to be practical. What was I thinking?...
Wait a minute - how about a pair of poles, anchored to the bottom and three - five feet apart, cross-current? It wouldn't test successful bottom-probing; but if we can afford to give up that important third dimention, we could test accuracy, effective mending, and distance, as stringently as we deem practical. How about having the near pole 100 feet out for rods of 14 feet or longer, 80 feet for shorter rods? Too much? A judge would have to stand out by the poles, or perch in an anchored boat. But that course could be set up in even an ankle-deep river pool.
As another approach to education combined with competition, how about this: a cadre of the best locally available spey gurus teaching a class of students, of intermediate or higher skill level, specifically how to cast farther, and consistently. After a few hours of this group instruction (no point in exhausting the students with all-day training), finish with distance casting competition. Whether the results are announced or not, the students will presumably be delighted with their progress in one day.
Arright, stop snickering and pointing at me! Let's hear your ideas!