Best of the West: Nathan Farrell
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.