Re: First spey...Need help
Welcome home, looking at your pictures you are a candidate for a 13 - 15 foot rod in the 8/9 weight range I believe. Why so heavy? Big heavy lines will cary the load better than a 6/7 or lighter. I also believe that you may benefit in learning to cast with a medium length head / belly line like a 55 - 65 foot for the learning. These lines are not the fast track to Spey casting but short casts are easy and as you learn to reach out, the long belly will be much appreciated when mending line for better control of sink rate etc.
Before I open my mouth again just to change feet I will wait for some others to join in. You will most likely end up on the phone with one of us trying to help you sort things out.