Im deciding between RIO slick shooter and Berkey Big.
What do you mean by stretch it?Berkely Big Game 40lb is about the cheapest running line and is pretty good. Split a spool with some buddies and you will only be out a couple bucks. Just be sure to stretch it in the morning before you start fishing.
Then you still have almost your whole budget to go to a local shop and pick up a head, sinktip, and some local knowledge.
Thanks Rusty for the kind words,reel/line and a mini lesson.I can get a 45ft snap T no probs.Just wanted to mention that I had the pleasure of meet NewbieSpeyBoy (and his non-fishing dad) this morning and what a fine young 11 year old lad he is. Welcome to this forum and enjoy your Spey journey!