I just passed my 60th year on this Earth and have been fishing all but the first two....I too made the transition from cane pole to spinning to the long rod....the act of fishing transcends all of life's worries and problems....the time I spend in the mountains is a near religious experience....fishing was the common connection between me and my dad and my grandfather...it is now one of the last strong connections my teenage son will actually acknowledge...I reconnect with my life long friend each year during a week of fishing the mountains for trout....it is a common thread that has woven itself into my life's tapestry....to each of us it has a unique and personal meaning but unites us all under a common interest.....