I have more than 8 different email addresses, split between cable provider, hotmail and gmail. With all accounts combined, I still get less than one spam per day - combined!
Pick a name that is unique. If you pick a name and have spam the very next day, chances are that someone has contaminated the user name before you. Put something in front of the name...
things that spambots aren't likely to come up with
Use one account as your "junk" account. Use that one to sign up for stuff on the internet.
Never post your email address online. If you must, you should post only your junk account (disposable when spam gets out of hand) in the following format...
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