In the Field

Autumn Run of the Eels

These photos are from a visit to Ray Turner's fishing trap, or weir, on the East Branch of the Delaware River, near Hancock, New York. We wanted to document and photograph the autumn run of eels through Ray's trap, which usually happens in late September. With an eye on the weather map Ray said, judging from the size of the storm about to hit the gulf coast (hurricane Katrina), that the rain from that storm, when it reached the Catskill Mountains would probably cause the river to rise enough to bring about the eel run. The run happened, and in three days Ray caught about 1400 eels. He smokes the eels and sells them through a shack on his property. His business is called Delaware Delicacies.

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