I am brand new to two handed rods and I just purchased an Echo Solo 13ft 8wt spey rod to get me into the game. I need to pair it up with a properly balanced reel and line. I'm a big fan of the Echo brand, so I am thinking of sticking with the Echo Ion reel. I use the Ion 6/7 for my single handed rods, but I think that the reel cpacity might be a bit on the small side to handle thicker diameter shooting heads, etc., plus that reel might not balance the rod out all that well. My guess is that the Ion 8/10 would be better (although only slightly larger diamter than the 6/7), but that the 10/12 might be overkill. I'd love to hear your thoughts on reel choice. Next we come to lining the rod for swinging flies. I'm thinking winter steelhead on some larger rivers. I've done some research and my guess is that a Skagit compact shooting head (540-600 grains) would be most appropriate. I'd like ot hear from you about alternatives (what's a 'scandi' anyways?), and what sort of sinking tips I should be considering (length, density, etc.). Thanks in advance for your input.