Thanks for the input and suggestions, I really appreciate it! Interesting you recommend starting with the two hander. Had I not asked I probably would have started with the single hander thinking it would be easier but I get that technique and “feel” from the two hander would be better to learn with. Yooper, I will look for the book as well thanks! Is this process one I can learn on my own relatively easily through reading, videos and practice or should I bite the bullet and get some lessons/instruction?
FlyFish USA has the book.
In regards to learning on your own vs lessons. My answer is both! You can definitely learn on your own, but eventually you’ll want to meet with an instructor as well.
I would start with the videos and Travis Johnson’s pamphlet. Get a feel for it for a couple months. Come back here and ask some questions. Then when you have a confidence factor building and are discovering what you like, hire a casting instructor and get all your money’s worth.
Just remember: slow and steady with these rods makes for good casts. When all else fails, loosen your grip, take a breath, and do it as slow as you can without stopping. Let the rod do ALL the work with these rods. Watch how Jon Hazel seems to be putting almost no effort into his casts. His arms aren’t moving a whole lot, and he never is trying to muscle it and ‘throw’ the line with his arms. Slow & smooth = power
Don’t worry about making mistakes, everyone does all the time regardless of skill level.
But definitely start with the 2-hander. In fact, I wouldn’t even recommend starting with a switch rod. Always start with a 12’6” and above. Because as someone noted above, you could start with a singlehanded or even a switch rod and realize you can cast it pretty good, only to grab your Spey rod and discover you can’t. Start with the Spey rod, and you’ll be able to cast anything else