Originally Posted by cochise
Large line weight rods such as Stiff 6's and above do take a bit more effort to load and cast correctly. They are powerful sticks but you typically have to have enough line out to load the rod adequately.
One of the largest problems with a heavy stick is the load. Keep it in mind and you will do great.
Line speed will also help load the rod but the proper use of line speed is a real challenge for most people to achieve.
You can actually make proper casts using line speeds from slow to very fast. In fact, that it's good practice to cast a given length of line from very slow to ultra fast while maintaining good loops. It can and will wear you out but it is sometimes handy to able to throw good loops at any speed the situation demands.