Im a gear whore. There is no threshold that will satisfy my taste. But, my tastes vary. Unlike trucks, guns, running shoes, dog breed, etc.. I have no loyalty to one manufacturer. This, because, the flyfishing industry is saturated with so much diversity of good gear. How bout you guys? I do wish it was easier to go all American, but the Koreans are doing such a good job of manufacturing now, which equates to solid gear at cheap prices (TFO).