Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Rivers near 415
Dive right in, but by all means do plenty of research before you invest heavily in the rods you've called out, the choices and combinations of rods, lines and heads (or integrated lines), and tips are vast considering the style of casting you want to learn and the quarry you seek. The forums on Spey pages have helped me immeasurably. As an example, I feel I started out way too heavy and too short when I first learned to DH cast, it led to a lot of frustration and wasted time. It was only after spending time researching here (and elsewhere) that I figured out what style/weight/length/tips I like to cast and feel confident fishing.
Take a field trip and head over to Kiene's or The Fly Shop and ask their staff what they recommend for those waters and how you'd want to fish them, they're always happy lend an opinion, you don't have to buy from them, but they be happy if you did...