Old man, yeah, it's his style of fishing. Since he's casting down and across, he's already lost a good part of the drift. What most mean by "having fly in water longer" is that you can mend much easier, and have more rod to help do this, paying out line easier. I assume that's what is meant. I know I could get more line in the water quicker, and work it longer with a spey then I could my one handers. Now, onto rods. I no longer have speys, in fact, only have one one hander left. Not by choice, but thanks to this injury I had have sold off most of my rods. But I had a 9140 Sage for my winterrun fishing. This was a cannon that I mostly used for tip fishing. Rarely ever a floating line. (9wt 14' for those who aren't up on Sage rods). Had an older Cabela's 7wt 13' I used for summerruns. Never had a problem with it, and only used for dry line fishing. I know the more I used the speys, the less I used one handers. BUT, I ONLY fish salmon/steelhead. I don't fish trout. I do agree with Kerry (I think it was him) that said it's a different style of fishing. Those who are used to a one hander will have to change their casting style. I know I almost tossed out my first spey rod. Couldn't get it to cast more then 20'. Arm was getting tired of casting (I was really tossing that baby hard, so a 14' rod will wear you out fast casting this way) so I switched to my "weak" arm. Fealt ackward, and REALLY slowed down my cast. Guess what? Tossed out a 70' cast first time out. Had to relearn that I had to slow down and let the rod do ALL the work. I'm not the most proficient, and am FAR from the best, but I can do a spey cast. Once I'm back on my feet, have a few rods back, will actually for once get lessons on spey casting.