Wired2Fish blog has an excellent essay entitled Who Are We A Fishing Mantra
If you love fishing, you love tackle. The rods and the reels. The line and the lures. The tackle and subsequent organization and preparation help us cure the cabin fever that sets in when we can’t be on the water for extended periods of time. They’re matchbox cars, Star Wars action figures and comic books for us as grown-ups.
Go read it all!!!