[QUOTE=Dana]In my experience, most people who say they want to learn how to Spey cast really want to learn how to use the two hander in an actual fishing situation as quickly as possible. Usually the single Spey is not the answer.
If we had a two day course together, I'd start you off with the single Spey and teach you the Circle Cast later; however, if we are on the water and have only a few hours together before you start your week of fishing, I would presume that your focus is fishing with casting as the means to that end, and I'd teach...the Circle Cast and Double Spey.
My point exactly. If someone wants to learn to cast then the single is a must. If it is just a question of getting some line out, working within a short time frame, then I would definitely agree. The two day time frame may be a little long as I have found that most people can get a half decent single with a full days instruction, however I would defer to your experience in this area.
PS appreciate the diplomatic skill you must have developed in the teaching profession
One point not addressed however was the tendancy of the snap/circle to retard the development of a decent single. (illustrated somewhat by some of the subsequent posts). Human nature being what it is, most people have a hard time after mastering a technique that gives some degree of success, going back and learning a technique that initially will give a lesser degree of success allthough in the long run they know that it will benefit them.
For this reason I also dislike the idea of starting people on a short belly (probabally the only area I would disagree with Simon on) and find that their progression moves much faster if they start with a mid. It also gives them a goal to work on.
As I said just my 2 cents