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"It takes a lot of volunteers," Storti said. "We had 26 volunteers come out and take the fish down to the stream by hand in pails."

He said all the effort is worth it if children walk away with a lasting memory, even if that memory is of the one that got away.

Storti said one of his fondest memories was when he caught a big brown trout many summers ago but lost it, crushing his ego.

"I still have nightmares to this day. I still can remember that fish. I still can remember that place," he said.

The event draws a number of returning families as it grows. Bill Blesi said he has been coming ever since his son, Liam, was 2 years old. Liam is now 8.

"They really put on a great event here. They really prepare the whole area for it," said Blesi. "It is really all for the kids; the kids love it. The kids are eager to get some fish."

His daughter Ella Blesi said she enjoyed coming to the fishing day

"It is fun cause you catch a lot of fish," she said. "You are always having fun getting to catch fish and getting to hold them."

Also out fishing that day was Chris Casey, of Glenville, who said he had great memories of fishing as a child.

"I fished with my grandfather up in the Adirondacks, and, actually, this is my grandfather's tackle box," said Casey. "I remember just sitting on the row boat " and the peacefulness and the dragonflies."

His 5-year-old son, Keller, gripped a fishing pole in hand as he intently watched the lure drift downstream.

"Did you reel it in a little bit so it clicked," Casey asked his son, with a click soon to follow. "There you go."

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