Well, yes, you could buy that 28" medium-light rod you really want. And you could take the time to find the perfect inline reel to compliment it. You could put that ideal line on there, sometime between dinner and procrastinating your honey-do list. And somehow justify the whole thing as a birthday present for next year. But when it comes down to it, you need a rod, reel, and line, right now, because it's a full moon tonight and your buddies are already out there, slamming fish without you. Get the deed done with a combo that's right for you and join them.