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If you’ve spent any time around people who fish, you’ve probably noticed that they are a generally a gentle bunch, long on smiles and short on sentences, and very very patient.  Among those who fish, those who prefer fly fishing are distinguished by their preference to be in beautiful places while fishing.

This is Austria.

And above is somewhere in Idaho.

This person is fly fishing at night.  Somewhere nice.

Look at that scene behind this man: it’s like a calendar.  Put on your rubber pants and wade in.

Or just stand in a sunbeam on the rocky shore of a lake in South Dakota.  Here

South to Argentina, above, with a flyrod

North to Scotland, on the River Tay, above.

You don’t always need rubber pants to fish, or any pants at all, in Scotland

At the end of the line, these are the flies, the beautiful tiny feather sculptures used to lure the fish.  Most are hand made.

The ‘Silver Doctor’ above is a mixed wing full dressed salmon fly. Invented by James Wright, 1850. Wright was an award winning fly tier. So says fish4flies.

Off to Iceland, nice photo seen here

Wading in Canadian waters, above, with a mountainscape you want to kiss.

This above os Elk River, Fernie, BC, Canada (Pic’s by Ravens Eye Photography at the 2009 Canadian National FlyFishing Championships) seen here.

Well, we have to go now.  The fish are waiting, and so are some of the most beautiful spots on earth.  This one is in New Zealand: Taupo, Nelson & Southland.

Give yourself a treat sometime.  Go fish.  And if you can, go where the fly fishing is good.  It’s probably one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see.

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It’s Friday, time for fish. Above is a currently available reproduction of a pull-toy made by the incomparable Alexander Calder found here. Fridays and fish go together, I think, because both are very good for us and much too rare.

The tradition of eating fish on Friday developed in different places for different reasons. But in all sorts of places, fish boats normally spent all week at sea and brought their fresh catch home on Friday. So if you wanted the freshest fish, you bought and cooked the Friday fish. Image above from Fulton Market, NYC, 1938 image at NY State Archive.

Of course, in all parts of the world, there are fewer fish to be brought home. Which makes the ones we can get–and the ones we can’t–all the more valuable.

Above nice image (that’s a tiny piranha) here.

Artists of every era seem inspired by fish, including the biggest names of the 20th century.

Henri Matisse painted goldfish, 1911.

Picasso made a fish plate.

He also made a 3D ceramic fish thingy. Picasso even has a fish named for him

And another Alexander Calder, a fish mobile ( Fish, circa 1944). Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.

But back to the actual creature that inspires all this. They are not just a feast for the stomach, but for the eyes of us land creatures. Look at fish and feel your eyes and nerves relax.

These tropical beauties live near Kenya.

Above is a lovely Aquarium in Lisbon, Portugal. You might stay all day.

More aquarium fish here at the Monterey Aquarium.

My town, Vancouver, has an aquarium too.

Jellyfish at Vancouver Aquarium. Nice photo from here.

Of course, it’s best to see sea creatures in motion.  It would be nice to spend time here (“Kuroshio Sea” aquarium, Okinawa, Japan)

Finally, remember, no matter what day of the week, it’s always time for FISH.

Fernando the Fish Clock, designed by George Nelson, produced by Vitra.

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