Spey flyfishing has caught on very strong in the past few years. What I am curious about is how many folks on this forum have fished a real two-handed setup for steelhead longer than 10 years? Even folks like Syd didn't fish a two handed rod all of the time. Now purists are jumping out of the woodwork claiming to fish for little trout and summer runs with a spey rod. Were talking 6" to 8 pounds of range here! I know there are times when a two handed rod is better for fishing deep holes where the big boys are but when a hatch is on, the technique is useless. To be honest about this whole entire spey thing, I think the flies are more practical than the fishing techniques. You certainly won't catch more fish regardless of how much MORE water you can cover if you don't know where to find em or what they will respond to. A well tied spey, dee, bucktail or grub can make or break your day though. What is even more bewildering is that there are now classes dedicated to this form. Simon and Jim Vincent makes a killing off of these classes!!! Economically, Spey rods are a bad omen. It causes people to spend more money on gear and less on gas and beer. Gotta have the Sage 14' 9 weight for $495 and the RIO Simon signature addition line with 6 tips for $120. Gotta have the Bauer MX4 with a spare spool for $545 + $245. Don't foget the Alec Jackson signature steelhead irons and the $400 blue eared pheasant skin and the $5 per matched pair of bronze mallard. Don't leave home without the $4 3' steelhead tapered leader! I see marketing pays off.