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We've all seen the protests, the demonstrations and the occasional feel-good rally supporting the Bills and Sabres. And yes, there was that bagpiper spotted practicing his, uh, music in the shadow of the McKinley Monument.

Every so often, something really new comes to Niagara Square, one of Western New York's great gathering spots. One of those firsts came last week.

There, in the midst of 6 inches of new snow, was a fly fisherman, complete with canvas bush hat. Hey, what better place and time to practice your casting skills than a busy downtown traffic circle in late January?

During a 30-minute exhibition, our angler took care not to hit people walking in the square. Most of them, believe it or not, seemed to ignore both him and the fishing line snaking through the air around them. One of those who did take notice was Tom Gleed, an aide to Mayor Tony Masiello.

"And people complain there's nothing to do in the winter," he said.

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