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A day’s catch near Clayton

A day’s catch near Clayton

Young dockhand (and future fishing guide) Joe Garnsey with two clients showing off a day’s catch. Clayton, NY. Circa 1950. Photo: Personal archives of Jeff Garnsey

Guide Roly Garnsey cooking a traditional shore dinner on Grindstone Island

Guide Roly Garnsey cooking a traditional shore dinner on Grindstone Island

Guide Roly Garnsey cooking a traditional shore dinner on Grindstone Island. Shore dinners were traditionally served on guiding trips after a morning of fishing. They had three courses – first, a salt pork sandwich, then the fish caught that morning (cooked in the grease from the salt pork) and then thick french toast with maple […]

Prize muskie in front of Bertrand’s Hotel in Clayton

Prize muskie in front of Bertrand’s Hotel in Clayton

The Bertrand Hotel was a popular destination for summer tourists, who would often stay the whole summer. While staying in Clayton, they would hire guides like the Garnsey family to take them fishing. This picture shows three tourists after a day of fishing with their guide (back left). Clayton, NY. Circa 1970. Photo: Personal archives […]

Guide Roly Garnsey in Clayton

Guide Roly Garnsey in Clayton

Fishing guide Roly Garnsey kneels in front of three fish caught by his day’s clients (unknown, standing in back). Roly was a guide on the St. Lawrence River from 1920 until his death in 1979. Thousand Islands region, NYS. Circa 1960. Photo: Personal Archives of Jeff Garnsey

Inside the Fin and Feather in Clayton

Inside the Fin and Feather in Clayton

Captain Jeff Garnsey inside the Fin and Feather, one of the boats he operates as a third generation fishing guide on the St. Lawrence River. Clayton, NY. Photographed by Sophie McKibben.

Fishing guide on his boat on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton

Fishing guide on his boat on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton

Jeff Garnsey on the Muskie, which he uses to take clients fishing on the St. Lawrence River. Garnsey, who started working on the river as a deck hand before he turned 10 is a third-generation fishing guide. He is one of only a few guides left who use traditional boats and fishing techniques. 2015. Clayton, […]

Oak beam found by scuba divers in the St. Lawrence River in Clayton

Oak beam found by scuba divers in the St. Lawrence River in Clayton

This oak beam was found by scuba divers in the St. Lawrence River. It sunk to the bottom of the river during a log drive. Clayton was logged from the 1800s – 1920s. Europeans first arrived in this part of the North Country to cut virgin timber and use it for ship building, since much […]