Fancy/new tech reels ARE nice. Can't fault them. And it's "nice" to have good gear. And sometimes/someplaces it actually matters. But there's something satisfying too in rugged simplicity / sufficiency. And I consider my 1495 a perfectly good reel, and am happy to see it in my fish pics. It carries it's own nostalgic romance for me.
I also fish with a 1970's Zebco C4 spinning reel -the green and white one. Remember that one? That was THE spinning reel of it's day and a head turner for those old enough to remember them. And it's actually brand spanking new -just was never used. There are much better reel designs out there now. But it's fun to fish with the old clunker -and it works just fine, provided I pay attention to its quirks (flaws). I even have a 5ft steel bass rod that, when I find an old "Pflooger" casting reel to go with it, I'll take her out and hammer em.
I know romance is a big part of FF, or maybe it just tends to attract romantics. And I'm one too, (although much of the initial swooning period has passed, as I see now it in all it's colors), but sometimes it's fun to toy with those ideas, drop the seriousness, and whomp a bunch of fish with inferior stuff, just bc you can. Kindof like those paintings of the old well-decked FF trying to buy a mess of big trout from a bare-foot kid with a cut sapling for a rod. Hey, my first fish was caught on a sapling my Dad cut for me. Maybe my last one will be too.
One winter some Snoopy bobbers came into the shop and I took one steely fishing. I knew the conditions, knew the water, and Snoopy and I hammered em. Finally a guy approached and asked where he could get a Snoopy float too! He was serious. I told him there were MUCH better floats out there. I have to say, it was great fun watching Snoopy tear off across that raging river. And at one point, Snoopy didn't come back. I did not buy another; just once was enough.