CASTING FOR RECOVERY Shauna, a Boise surgeon and member of the C of I Board of Trustees, grew up in an entirely different outdoor wilderness than her husband, but the Hawaii native developed a similar passion for fishing early in life. Over the years, that passion has continued to grow into an impactful and fulfilling activity. “I’ve always loved to fish since I was a little kid,” Shauna said. “I started with a bamboo rod out in the tide pools and then as I got older I traveled to San Francisco quite a bit to fish.” After meeting Rick at BYU, Shauna’s interest in fishing turned toward the art of fly-casting. The sport was a natural fit and, after earning her fly-casting instructor certification, Shauna decided to use her skills to give back to the community through a program called Casting for Recovery (CFR). Casting for Recovery is a national program that encourages emotional and physical healing for women who have been affected by cancer. Chapters “It always puzzled me that Boise didn’t have a good fly-fishing shop,” throughout the United States sponsor women to attend a two-day retreat Rick said. “An angling shop called the Ultimate Angler started down where they learn to build strong support systems and enjoy life through on Bannock Street and we had gotten to know the owners quite well. activities such as fly-fishing. After a few years, one of Shauna has attended their business partners seven retreats as a casting wanted to sell his share, so instructor with southern Shauna and I decided to Idaho’s CFR chapter, and buy his portion out.” although she has never In 1999, the renamed experienced cancer Idaho Angler moved to personally, she always ends Vista Avenue and has seen up taking something away exponential growth under from the experience. the direction of Rick and “Sometimes I feel like Shauna, co-owners Don I get more out of the Knickrehm, Joy Knickrehm experience than anyone,” and Ken Pursely and Shauna said. “It is so General Manager Tim rewarding to see these Mansell. women, some of whom “It wasn’t an overnight have never held a fishing success,” Rick said. “It’s rod in their life, catch a all been about hard work fish and see the joy on and paying attention to their faces. It really is a quality and customer cool experience.” service. For example, one Shauna is also an active of the things that we do member of the Women (top) Rick Williams catches and releases a massive steelhead. (above and below) Shauna Williams shares fly-fishing is require our fly-fishing Fly Fishers of Idaho Club knowledge with recovering cancer patients through the Casting for Recovery program. guides to be certified flyand spends her professional casting instructors before career as a colorectal we actually let them guide. surgeon. She received her We’re one of only about three or four fly-shops in the country that medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of requires our staff to do that.” Medicine in 1984 and has been practicing in the Boise area since 1991. The Idaho Angler caters to the fly-fishing enthusiasts with high-end equipment, fishing information, specialized classes and exceptional customer service. The shop also provides travel opportunities for its customers to explore areas throughout Idaho as well as some of the more tropical places in the world, such as Christmas Island in the central Pacific. “We’ve got a great staff down at the Idaho Angler,” Rick said. “Shauna and I just try to stay out of their way.” But for Rick and Shauna Williams, staying out of the way almost never means relaxing at home. Not when there are habitats to preserve. Patients to heal. A community to serve. And many, many more catches to make. For more information on Idaho Angler and Casting for Recovery, visit www.idahoangler.com and www.castingforrecovery.org. IDAHO ANGLER Along with their dedication to fly-fishing instruction and community service, Rick and Shauna also have invested in Southwest Idaho’s premiere fly-fishing shop: the Idaho Angler. The couple has been involved with the business since it opened in 1993, first as customers and then as owners.
BRODI ETHEREDGE is a C of I senior and spring intern for Quest.
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The College of Idaho's Spring issue of Quest magazine focusing on success.