Hi Skagit Rat,
Getting spey casting lessons early on with shorten the learning curve considerably. For about the price of a good spey line, you can get 2 hours with a certified two hand instructor. This investment will pay dividends long after you have worn our a line and move on to a new rod.
I tried to learn spey casting from book and videos. In a couple of years, I had a decent fishing cast and a whole bunch of bad habits. It was not until I began working with experienced spey casters that I began shedding my faults and my casting improved dramatically.
There are several good instructors around the Snake River. You can find them by going to the Federation of Fly Fishers website and searching under the find an Instructor tab.
Keep spey casting, it only gets better and better.
FFF MCI and THCI
RL Winston Rod Co. Pro Staff