I don't disagree with anything Fred or Jim Swan has to say on BIG rods. I myself like a 14' model now that I'm approching my golden years. That being said I think the naysayers are missing the point completely in that mtlhead would like to get another spey rod and doesn't have a lot of coin. I will have to say I can very much appreciate his position. I can tell you that the outfit I posted above is one Hell of a lot better then what I started with. Unfortunately the experienced spey rod market is not really overflowing with smaller/lighter tackle. In my opinion a 15' spey rod is much better then no spey rod.