Thanks, Kozel, for posting that wonderful piece by Hoffman - I've copied it and tucked it into my McPhee book. I'd completely forgotten that Joseph Mitchell story that, I think, first appeared in The New Yorker magazine about 50 years ago. Does anyone know where I could get a copy of that?
And, Michael Hoffman, I'm interested to learn that rod and reel fishing for shad is also practiced on the Connecticut River - come to think of it, McPhee may have made some mention of that.
Could it be from April 4, 1959?
ABSTRACT: PROFILE of Harry Lyons, a "riverman" of Edgewater, a former fireman who, even during his tenure as a firefighter was permitted to take time out for shad-fishing every spring. History & description of Edgewater, his birthplace. The land on which it is situated & the land for some distance along the river above & below it was settle in the 17th century by Dutch & Huguenot farmers. Their names are on the older gravestones in the Edgewater Cemetery: The Bourdettes, Vreelands, Bogerts, Van Zandts, Wendells, Dyckmans, Westervelts & Demarest. In the early eighteen hundreds some bluestone quarries were opened, & new people, most of whom were English, began to come in and settle down & intermarry with the old farming & fishing families. They were followed by the Irish. Building stones & paving blocks & curbings for NYC were cut in the quarries & carried to the city on barges. Some of these families died out, some moved away, and some are still flourishing. The Edgewater Cemetery forms a U between a group of factory buildings of the Aluminum Company.
Try this link for the search I did. Looks like you can get the full article with just registration. (Sorry, on further investigation, as a subscriber you get free access, or for $4.99 you can get access to just that issue.) http://www.newyorker.com/search/query?query=shad&page=2&queryType=nonparsed
post edited by kozel - 2009/03/22 18:45:57