I had the chance two days ago to cast a Hardy Soverign Deluxe (I think) 13 ft three piece rod, with a double taper line on it. One the person has had for many years. To think we all (older anglers) once used such inefficient gear for Spey casting. It was really truly awful to cast compared to modern gear and I couldn't help thinking what a disadvantage it would be to try and learn on that outfit. I started myself at 16 years of age with a Milbro Verre 13 ft fibreglass rod and double taper sinking line. Roll casting mainly on a spate river, the river Roe. It seemed a better outfit though than the one I tried two days ago but maybe it wasn't.