"we once drove a thousand miles to fish for tiny native brook trout along the Blue Ridge" Those are the words of Kathy Scott. They are taken from the book "Brook Trout Forest". I can say that I have come close to doing the same.
I know that it may be hard for some to understand why, and there is no way that I can tell you the feeling of accomplishment in doing so.
Perhaps looking at a tiny wild brook trout in his native stream will help.