Don't need the latest...
Was putting the rods away tonight with my youngest son, and the thought occurred to me that I haven't bought a fly rod in about seven or eight years... Maybe nine come to think of it... yet I'm still catching fish... Interesting.
A buddy of mine is a real gear-aholic - and more power to him. I think he's a key reason Sage is still in business. He buys a couple of rods every year, for 20 years now... Me? I'm still fishing my rods from 12+ years ago... Am sure the rod companies don't want to hear that!
Point is, you don't need the latest and greatest gear to have fun fishing. Get out there and enjoy!