As Kevin so eruditely pointed out, "Mao Tse Tung said you'll have to make a great leap forward." True. But our great leader and chairman also said, "The longest march begins with the first step." Or maybe it was Sun Yat Sen that said that. No matter the point is well taken. Of course you should get into spey fishing. It's what men dream about when every thing around them turns to Shultz. You plan, you plot, you lust for, you covet, you perfect and there life is. If you didn't dream of fishing, what would you dream about? Also, getting back to our great leader and chairman's note about long marches and first steps, try doing this: Make a list of things you will have to do or think you will have to do, after reading all of the above, to become a spey fly caster and then list them in order of importance. Stay to the list, moving a bit at a time, pay check to pay check, and one day the door will open for you. I personally believe that those guys on the Skagit and those on this very site are some of the world's best fly casters. How blessed we are to live near them and have a chance to meet, at least to watch them. The photos kill me. This little guy, ass deep in boiling water, throws a ton of line in a long arching loop that catapults like a rocket way the hell out there. If it's a thrill to watch, I'll bet it's even a bigger howl to do. Not many fish these days. But there still is a lot of free casting room to play in. Best of luck and get hooked. :THUMBSUP BOBLAWLESS P.S. Every time you go out, you should be able to cast a tiny bit farther, say the length of your elephant or so.