If you follow fly fishing, you will be hearing about Amos Sharp-Nelson sooner or later.
There’s a new wave emerging in the fly fishing industry. There’s little denying it, but there’s new blood that is revolutionizing what it means to be a fly fisherman. In days of old, fly fishing has been about form, technique, dedication, and attempting to capture the spirit of it all in the process. However, for Amos Sharp-Nelson, it’s all that and a whole lot more.
Growing up in Utah, Sharp-Nelson was exposed to the outdoors and fly fishing at very young age. It wasn’t until later in life that she fully embraced the craft. As a matter of fact, she came about it in a very roundabout way. You see, as soon as she was able, she left home and moved to San Diego. It was here that she started her path.
For almost a decade, Sharp-Nelson lived her life as a skateboarder, surfer, and singer in a live band, but she kept feeling like something was missing.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Sharp-Nelson to talk about her journey.
“Though my life in California revolved around being outdoors, it paled in comparison to home. My faith grew calloused and dormant over time, but the more time I spent home in Utah, and back in the mountains, the more my heart softened and my conversion back into the fold began,” Sharp-Nelson said in our conversation. “Let me put it this way-being in the outdoors, it’s impossible for me to see the beauty all around me, and deny myself the obvious reality that God is real. Fly fishing was there for me during a much needed transition back into that reality. Nature and spirituality go hand in hand for me. With one, my soul hungers for the partnership of the other.”
It was on her move back to Utah that her love of fly fishing began. Like for many of us, fly fishing just does something to your soul that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t escape. For Sharp-Nelson, she found the same thing.
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“I’ll never forget the first day I went out fishing by myself. Landing that first fish on my own is a memory I’ll never forget,” she said. “It was at that point my confidence grew in so many ways. Fly fishing was now a part of me, forever.”
With fly fishing turning into a growing obsession, Sharp-Nelson’s other passions began to flourish. For example, just recently she cut her first single, “Troubled Times“, that you can listen to below.
“One thing I enjoy about social media is the ability I have to throw all of my hobbies like fly fishing, beekeeping, skateboarding, snowboarding, music, art, into a big melting pot of exposure,” Sharp-Nelson continued. “Someone who might come across my social media through skateboarding is now scrolling through other random things they might not have been exposed to before, like fly fishing or beekeeping.”
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With this in mind, Sharp-Nelson is currently pursuing a psychology degree to take her love of fishing, nature, music, art, and outdoors to a whole different level. As she explained, her ultimate goal is to create a program for adults or kids facing different forms of addiction to overcome it with nature therapy.
“Whether it comes in the form of addiction, or abuse, I want to help those individuals overcome. I’ve overcome my own personal addiction through nature therapy, so I know that it works,” she said. “Working with animals, hiking, and fly fishing (amongst other outdoor activities) will be a portion of the program, alongside intense therapy sessions.”
It’s been a journey for Amos Sharp-from growing up in Utah to moving to California, to making her way back to nature and the mountains of her home state once again. However, with all the trials and achievements already to her credit, it won’t be long before we hear even more of her in the near future. If you need proof, just follow the growing list of companies asking her to represent them by the pro-staffs she is on.
“The first step is believing in your personal ability to change, and then believing in your ability to help others change,” she said. “I not only believe I can, I know I can.”
I think we all know she can as well.