Don't know why this just hit me but does anyone else feel the prices are getting ridiculous on fishing equipment. Case in point I have 40.00 Okuma spinning reels that operate flawless, and are a pleasure to use. What the heck could you make better that justifies a spinning reel that sells for above 300.00 Rods - while looking for a super ultralight BLANK ( a blank mind you not a whole rod ) i ran across blanks selling in the mid 300.00s I just cannot get used to the idea that its possible to put a rod and reel together that costs more than my first boat. Please don't get me wrong I invest plenty in my favorite passion ( I would say hobby buts its more serious than that ). But its getting to the point where I feel some of the manufacturers of this equipment are taking the sportsmen on a " keeping up with the jones ride ". How say the rest of you youngsters and oldsters ?