Best of the West: Nathan Far­rell

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY GARY SHAW Best of the West is a se­ries by Gary Shaw on the youth of Labrador West.

Wel­come to nine-year-old Nathan Far­rell’s world.

His dad, Josh, and mom, Daphne, have a real good boy on their hands.

Nathan is in Grade 4 at J.R.S. School in Wabush. He en­joys school and does very well with his grades. Nathan is a busy young man with many sports in­ter­ests on his plate.

He plays team sports that in­clude hockey, base­ball and ball hockey. He also plays golf and spends time ski­ing as well. He is an out­door en­thu­si­ast who en­joys his bike and his snow­mo­bile as the sea­sons and its weather al­lows.

This is where we leap into his real pas­sion. Nathan is a fish­er­man. From a very early age he’s been at his fa­ther’s side shar­ing and learn­ing the skills to de­velop an­gling knowl­edge his dad has so gen­er­ously shared with him dur­ing time spent to­gether on the wa­ter.

The many ad­ven­tures that Labrador West pro­vides on its many wa­ter­ways and the trea­sures that it holds, has made a per­fect class­room for Nathan to not only de­velop his skills and in­ter­ests on the wa­ter, but has spilled over into the garage at home.

Thanks to his dad, Nathan has his space in the garage where he has his own fly ty­ing bench with his vise and his fly ty­ing sup­plies that seem to be only lim­ited by his imag­i­na­tion.

Nathan, like most fish­er­man, loves to talk about fish­ing. When he be­gan to talk and show his many fly cre­ations, it was im­me­di­ately clear that he is a very hum­ble young man who has com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and a fly ty­ing abil­ity that far ex­ceeds his years. His pas­sion for what he does at the fly ty­ing bench is con­ta­gious.

As he showed his fly ty­ing sup­plies he talked about the fur and feath­ers used in his many cre­ations, like an old pro fly ty­ing ex­pert who has been at it for years.

Nathan talked about dif­fer­ent flies he has hand­crafted with ease and knowl­edge as he opened his fly boxes con­tain­ing his cre­ations. Nathan had mud­dlers, bombers, mice and a whole se­lec­tion of dry flies in all sizes ready to go, with a de­scrip­tion of each and their ap­pli­ca­tion that came from him with a pas­sion that could not be de­nied.

He went on to show his col­lec­tion of streamer flies were cre­ated in many dif­fer­ent col­ors, what their ap­pli­ca­tion would be and what fish they would catch.

Nathan be­gan this fly ty­ing jour­ney about two years ago, be­gin­ning with a sim­ple fly ty­ing kit his Dad had. With a few ba­sic les­sons and full sup­port from his fa­ther, the rest is his­tory.

He smiled when Nathan told of his time spent watch­ing videos on YouTube and pick­ing up valu­able tech­niques that have helped de­vel­oped his skills very quickly.

He shared sto­ries of his time spent with his dad fish­ing at Os­sak, Moun­tain Brook and the Croche sys­tem. He clearly is a speckle fish­er­man, although some of his flies and de­sires have the oua­naniche in his crosshairs.

Don’t for­get, we are talk­ing with a nine-year-old here. With the con­stant sup­port and en­cour­age­ment he is get­ting at home from mom and dad, and the many les­sons of tech­nique and safety in the field, this story is a long way from over.

With his many skills and his pas­sion for what he does, my bet is that Nathan will be catch­ing and re­leas­ing more tro­phy fish than many fish­er­men could even imag­ine.

Thank you Nathan for shar­ing your story with us, and thanks Mom and Dad for your many ef­forts of pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment given to a fine young man.


Nathan Far­rell

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