The Best Way To Fish


Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. – Henry David Thoreau

There was a time in my life when I was an avid fly fisherman.  I have to disagree with Thoreau.  Most of us fished knew exactly why we were doing it and that catching fish was way down the list of reasons we did it.  I certainly knew why I’d gone “fishing” today and without catching a single one, I got exactly what I was after.

I woke to falling snow.  Yep…the end of March and it was snowing. So I whined a bit into my morning coffee and made a decision.  I would go sketching at Quebec City’s aquarium.  As it turned out, it snowed all day but I didn’t care.  I spent the entire morning at the aquarium and it was wonderful because aside from the people who worked there, the place was nearly empty and I wandered around watching the fish and doing some sketching of them.

Stillman & Birn Gamma (10x7), Namiki Falcon, De Atramentis Document Black

Stillman & Birn Gamma (10×7), Namiki Falcon, De Atramentis Document Black

4 thoughts on “The Best Way To Fish

  1. Nice details on those fish! We didn’t get snow, but we got a hailstorm, thunder and lightning! March went out like a lion.


  2. Good fish sketches! Good idea, going to the aquarium. Last time our Friday sketchers went to ours, it was jammed with screaming kids. Gave me a headache! And one of the parents pushed me out of the way as I tried to sketch. I need to give it another try as it’s a good location and I get in free!

    When I read Tina’s comment, I though, “that sounds like our weather” and then I saw her name!

    • Ha! We made the mistake of scheduling a sketchcrawl at the aquarium on Easter weekend. You could hardly move in the place for all the strollers and it was impossible to hear. It was a kid museum and the fish were doing the looking. From now on I go on Monday mornings where I was alone with the staff and the fish 🙂 — Larry

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