From the Waterfront

Fishing Perspectives

Nancy Solomon


Solomon, Nancy. “From the Waterfront: Fishing Perspectives.” New York Folklore, vol. 37: 1-2, 2011. p. 35.


Since the nineteenth century, a tradition of sport fishing has existed alongside the centuries-old traditions of harvesting fish for subsistence and commercial purposes. Local commercial harvesters worked as fishing guides, earning extra income by taking paying guests—typically from New York City—to historically productive fishing areas on Long Island and in the Catskills, the Finger Lakes region, and the Adirondacks.