Young fly tyer heads to Europe for 'trip of a lifetime'
10-year-old Julian Furlaga of Dieppe will meet some of his fly tying heroes in Scotland and England
CBC News Posted: Jun 18, 2014 12:55 PM AT Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014 1:22 PM AT
A young fly tyer from Dieppe is heading to Scotland and England Wednesday on what his father calls a "trip of a lifetime."
Ten-year-old Julian Furlaga started tying fishing flies when he was seven. (Catherine Harrop / CBC)
Ten year old Julian Furlaga started tying flies at the age of seven and his interest in the art has continued to grow.
As the youngest member of the Dieppe Fly Tying Club, Julian took part in the Dieppe Fly Tying Forum last spring.
That's where he met world-renowned fly tyer Davie McPhail of Scotland.
'I am lucky to have my Dad, who takes the time to take me everywhere and get me things I need to tie my flies, and to my Mom, for putting up with my fur, feathers and hooks all over the house.'- 10 year old fly tyer Julian Furlaga, Dieppe.
Now after saving his money for the past year, he and his father Karol Furlaga will visit McPhail in Ayr, Scotland.
Karol says he has been helping his son by researching the flies and contacting the creators of flies that Julian likes.
The two have even sought out tips and asked for critiques and now Julian has an impressive collection of flies from around the world.
Karol says his son has had phenomenal support from the fly tying community, including a Danish company that sponsored contests and now sponsors Julian.
He proudly recalls a representative from the company calling him.
"He said, 'There's no point in having a contest because he'll win hands down every time, so I might as well sponsor him and send him what he needs, when he needs it.'"
Karol doesn't tie flies himself, but he does fish.
"I started fishing three years ago, and I donate a lot of flies to the river," Karol said laughing. "So having him as my personal fly tyer saves me money."
Karol says his son's passion has also benefited him in other ways.
"I get to spend all that extra time with my son."
Julian has been saving the money for his European trip and is thankful to his parents for their help to get him there..
“I am lucky to have my Dad, who takes the time to take me everywhere and get me things I need to tie my flies, and to my Mom, for putting up with my fur, feathers and hooks all over the house,” he said.