Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Syracuse, NY -- For the last 30 years, Loren Williams has turned his passion into a career.
At the age of six, Williams' father taught him how to fly fish and now, Williams is the owner of a fish food re-creation business. He also serves as a guide to those interested in trying the fly fishing experience.
In 2005, Williams was named the first official team fly tyer for Flying Fishing Team USA.
The hobby of fly tying was a popular pastime in his native Pennsylvania Poconos.
Each morning, Williams hikes approximately one mile through rough terrain until he finds a section of stream he likes. Then he spends the rest of the morning doing what he loves.
Williams explained that fly fishing isn't as difficult as it sometimes seems.
"They have this image of these long casts and all this other stuff that, yea, you can do it, but that's the pictorial calendar connotation of fly fishing," he said. "That's the fly casting part of fly fishing. The fishing part is catching fish. It doesn't have to be complicated."
Courtney Petrouski followed Williams for a morning of fly fishing and found out that it's not as easy as one might think. Her feature story can be seen below.