Re: Spey course this weekend...
Your experience parallels mine. I bought a switch and flailed away on my own for several months whenever the weather permitted. Then I stumbled across the wisdom of learning on a spey rod first. So, I bought one and signed up for a two day class. My experience was great also with great instructors out of the Fly Shop in Welches, Oregon. Still practicing and now the switch rod is working almost as good as the spey.