One July morning in the summer of 2002, I watched a boy catch a free-swimming trout with nothing but a net.
The netted trout wasn't a wild specimen hugging the bottom of a swift-moving stream. A 14-inch rainbow, it was slow-cruising near the shoreline of a small, stocked pond at Eldred Preserve in Eldred, N.Y.
Nevertheless, when the youngster snared it after others had tried unsuccessfully he caused a commotion.
Some 90 boys and girls ages 7 to 14 converged on this ...