Another benifit(?) of this addiction is that the rod and reel builders keep changing the models and technology. If you start out with a perfectly good and serviceable rod and reel and even line, the makers will change the rules and you will be left thinking that your equipment is yesterday's left over soup. The fact that is has served you well since you bought it is moot. You need and must have the latest and greatest(?) model. Case in point, this is the reason that I have six fly rods, six fly reels, and eight spare spools, all with line. And I still can't catch a fish.