I too agree, the line/rod combo isn't right. 600grn skagit and 15' versitips doesn't sound novice friendly at all. If you're truely at your wits end and have nothing to loose try this....Shorten the head 4' to about 520grns, either cut back your rio tip (type 3) to 12' or just use a 8' of t'14, 4-5' of leader and a size 4 fly (Hook cut off or not, your choice), get on the river with a friend, talk yourself through the steps of the cast and practice. Don't even worry about shooting line until you are consistently casting out nice short casts. Work one cast until you got it down, perhaps, assuming your a right handed caster, the Double Spey for river right, and the C spey for river left. hang in there, James.