I've spent a fair amount on both photography and fishing gear. They both can be relaxing and rewarding, or frustrating. It's the times you get skunked that make the successful outings so sweet. When you compare their cost to necessities like food, shelter etc, the cost is negligible anyway. Unless I missed my guess, everyone here has to work for a living one way or another, and act "responsible" most of the time, so as long as the essentials are covered, no one has a right to question what you or I spend on our toys or what we do "on our time".