Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: wherever it's wet
How much actual speycasting, let alone flycasting have you actually done? While there is a lot to be learned from the internet, some things should actually be practiced or done physically to be understood. To be a student of speycasting/fishing is akin to embarking on the martial arts path. You no sooner become adept at one style or techinique, when another presents itself for your perusal, learning, and mastery. Many that have been speycasting/fishing for years still consider themselves students as there is always something new to be learned, debated, or debunked.
People here are adept at many techniques and styles and willingly share their knowledge and expertise. It takes some deep wading at times, but eventually it begins to make sense. Others are at various stages of their spey/doublehanded journey, all are welcome. The wonderful thing about this quest is finding the style or technique as well as the rod and line that suits you----and there are many. This is what claves are for, I believe the next one in your area will be Kaufmann's Spey Days--usually held in February. Another option would be to join Aaron and the boys at Carnation (every Saturday from 9 - noon) for free guidance along your spey path. Closer to home contact M&Y, Whistler Flyfishing or Angler's West for those in the know.
At this point you are making judgements based on somewhat limited knowledge gained from reading the internet. If you really want to learn, keep monitoring this website, invest in lessons---it will shorten the learning curve, and practice, practice, and then practice some more.
Please stick around, enjoy the journey, ask your questions(politely or at least diplomatically), and good luck with what can truly be a wonderful obsession.
~~Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.