Hi James, Heard nothing but good things about Bob Meisers rods, Gordon has said its a brilliant rod, thats good enough for me, its just that some of the companies use names that can be confusing to people getting into Speycasting. Loomis have a greased line spey rod (traditional style), that states that the traditional style of speycasting maintains a relatively fixed length of line, leaving you less tired and more focused on your prize. (better get that one).Not sure about the greased line though. Or should i go for there Roaring river (Scandinavian style) that will generate high line speed, with a much faster shorter stroke, (damn which one.) Well there is always the Sage European, that says that i will spend more time fishing effectively and less time stripping in line, false casting and snagging streamside bushes. (o thats the one for me). Or if your doing that would you not be better getting a lesson. Now to get a line for my rod , think i will go with the cortland early season sylk line with a maintance free plastic coating to glide through the rings. I have nothing against any of the companies and i'm sure there fishing gear is good, i just love there marketing.:beathead: Gordon (speyghillie).