The weir

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Cat’s cradles of spindly poles and intricate lines, these fish traps stood as symbols of constancy. About 60 to 100 40-foot poles hold the netting for each weir. The heart of the weir, called “the bowl,” is a circle of net, about 200 feet across, with a single small opening on one side. A line of poles about 1,000 yards long creates a vertical wall of net, called “the leader,” that extends outward from the opening.