I am thinking of buying a Spey rod and reel. If I buy an 8wt. rod, do i just buy any ordinary 8wt reel - or do I buy a larger reel to better balance out the larger rod? Also, any recommendations on flyline?
Here's a thought: there's a guy named Aaron Riemer who has a small shop in Carnation called River Run Angler's. He's got a web site at www.speyshop.com. His shop is dedicated to the spey style of flyfishing. I don't use a spey rod but I have run into him on the river a couple of times. He's a very nice guy. Having seen him cast once, I can tell you he knows what he's doing. Anyway, one of the things he does is give speycasting clinics. You go out and use his equipment. Since most spey outfits are not cheap, and since this is such a different way of fishing than the single-handed approach (which I understand some people just don't take a yearing to), it seems like a darn good investment before you go spend a bunch of money on the outfit.
Also be sure to keep an eye on Ebay. A spey setup can be quite an outlay of cash and as some one mentioned many people jump on to the spey band wagon only to discover that it's not their favorite instrument. The result is that almost new rods become available on a regular basis. :WINK