Two posts about the recent change to fishing have inspired an unexpected amount of passion over at WoW Insider. The humble fishing rod has been taken up as a symbol by angry players who are citing a laundry list of changes to illustrate a trend of streamlining/simplifying that they really don't like. Others are pointing out that just because you don't have to equip a fishing rod, it doesn't diminish your ability to do so, whether you want the +skill bonus from a special rod, to attach a lure or for role-playing.
Is the change a sign of an increasingly less complex and immersive game? Or is a fishing rod just a fishing rod?