Actually guys, I bought my first line from Poppy, and stop in a few times a year. He is the guy that got me off my rear and away from the one hander.
I finally broke down and watched a spey video, and learned the names flr the casts I'vve been making. I removed the compensator and fished it with the floating mid section, and it casts fine. I think I found my groove. Mostly I just need time on the river, but it is a 6 hour drive to the Clearwater, so time on the water is rare. I've been torturing the local trout population with small streamers on the swing. They aren't 16 pounds, but it is practice.
Thanks for all the advice. It's helping.