I'm not knocking trout hatcheries here. I'm lucky in having wild-trout streams nearby where no stocking is done. And there are others also nearby that are stocked generously every spring. When I'm really desperate for a yank on my line, I go fish for stockies. When I'm looking for more of a challenge, I fish for wild trout. Not everyone has that choice, however, and if stocked trout are what's available in your neighborhood, I hope you're fishing for them instead of turning up your nose at the idea.