HANCOCK, N.Y. — Ray Turner said he had just finished repairing his gutters on his house, adding he had also “made a trip into town, which is rare, to pick up my logical necessities to prepare for the winter.”
“You’re lucky you got me,” said the owner of the Delaware Delicacies Smoke House, which sells smoked eel along with smoked salmon, trout, shrimp, duck, cheese and hens (seasonal) and other products. The spawning eel are trapped each fall in the river by Turner, who has a commercial fishing license. He captures them in a nearby weir (fish trap) he maintains on a picturesque stretch of the East Branch of the Delaware River that flows by his house.
Repeated calls by this reporter went unanswered. Turner, 73, lives by himself and proudly related he doesn’t own a cell phone, a computer, an iPad, a fax machine or a microwave.
He explained: “I don’t answer the phone anymore. There’s always someone who wants something. I don’t care. If you want something, you have to…