Handed my first 2hander when I was 10 or 12 years old; real Green-heart, silk line and all. Mr.Coles (yes a Scotsman) and I'd motor up the mouth of the Bella Colla and set up a tent camp. Only down side is it could really rain! But guy that the nac for building huge beach fires to cook out food, dry clothing, keep warm etc. I swear to this day the man could set a buck of water on fire. Anyway, Father very ill (he died from a brain hemorrhage) and moved out of Ocean Falls, BC to Vancouver. Was many, many years till I saw my next spey rod. But off the back stories. I had to 'self learn' the second time around (Sage sold me #4 of the 9150-4 off their production line direct.) But I've taught a lot of people how to cast a 2hander and there are a few 'universals.' With one major exception it was a lousy match up of caster/line and rod. Poor Sod was totally over matched by what fly store clown had sold him. Soon learned to bring at least 4 rods, frequently five, with different line set up, different builders, different actions BUT ONE CONSTANT! NEVER A SINK TIP OF ANY KIND WHILE HE LEARNED the basics and got them down pretty good. Then a light RIO Virsa tip, no more until that was under control. Next tip: Unless you fish REALLY BIG RIVER's a 14 foot 8wt is all you need, but a rod built by some one(model) whose designs match your style of casting. But back the the 4 or 5 rods, run them through the one at a time with ongoing 'instructions' (first part of the cast is just a line lift to get as much of that stuff off the water you can as you set up the anchor). A LIFT, NOT A DRAG IT BACK THROUGH THE WATER. If you do that, you're dead meat already. Hard habit to break! Second bit was just bring the rod around (double spey here) and set a proper anchor roughly 1.5 rod lenghts out and a SMALL tad below you. Etc. Two things you really have to constantly remind is when (I have to think about this with a Skagit Head -fuzzy memory as I rarely use them) I STICK THAT ROD TIP UP AS HIGH IN THE AIR AS YOU CAN GET IT! "D Loop" has to have somewhere to go; don't crimp it. Where to aim your cast? You have a few options, but not many. You're forward cast should go right over the fly line to leader connection and a hard stop aiming over the top of the highest tree you can see. Why? Gravity Works. You need to give the line/leader time to roll out . Aim low and you'll have a line crash. Second cast they learn is the Perry Polk; we all get line crashes and come RIGHT BACK with one of those and you'll rip the line right out of the water and send it screaming out. A 'Never Fail.' But back to the rods; 'they' will find one that's 'just works.' Now we play with line changes. And we will find some that really do, some that really don't. Put one on that does and lets go fishing. Last call on a very (like you can get really hurt error due to forward cast) is having the rod too straight up and down (vertical). Line will follow the rod tip, the fly will follow that. If you (until the rod passes your ear) DON'T have that thing canted off 5 - 10 degrees that fly is aimed right at the back of your head! JUST TRUST ME ON THAT ONE!