Hey, I'm sure this topic has been covered several times but I find advice much easier to take when it is actually directed at me. I'm looking to purchase my first spey rod. I was thinking of an 8 or 9 weight somewhere in the 14' range (winter steelhead). I was wondering if there are any opinions as to good rods for a beginer. Other random factoids: I'm partial to Sage, I would much rather get a rod that I'm happy with than get a cheap one now and upgrade in a year, I'll probably end up building the rod myself if I decide on an expensive rod. Any advice? Cheers, Philip P.S. if anyone has a rod in newish condition that fits the above bill that they're looking to get rid of I'd like to hear about it.