Its appraoching X-mas and I'm shooting for a two hander for trout on big rivers like the Kootenai, Clark Fork, Upper Columbia, etc... I'm primarly going to be using tips, nasty nymphs and streamers. The problem I've heard with trout/switch speys is that they tend to fold when doing basic spey casts with big flies and tips because of the rod weight, length and lack of backbone. Poppy is pointing me in the direction of a Meiser which I will try this weekend while I'm down there. Does anyone out there have any first hand experience filling this niche or offer good advice? thanks, Adam.