Re: Is it really worth it ?
I think when people become passionate about just about any hobby, a big part of the enjoyment associated with the hobby is buying stuff. Guitar players have a name for it -GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome). Buying stuff is fun, it's just like Christmas.
I think that's a major reason why folks enjoy spending time at great forums such as this. It's fun to spend time with other folks who share your passion discussing equipment and such.
As with most things in life, it's easy to blur the distinction between need and want. I need new tennis shoes, I want new Nikes. So if the question is do I need a $700 rod to catch fish, the answer is a resounding NO. Countless fish have been caught on the equivalent of a $30 yellow Eagle Claw rod coupled with a $25 Medalist reel. Will buying a $700 rod that you want make you happy? Only you can answer that.