Our Story
Mission Statement
Our mission is to enhance the fly fishing experience of all our customers, to bring fly fishing fun to everyone, and to promote conservation of our fish and fishing waters.
Shop History
The Idaho Angler opened its doors in June, 1993, in downtown Boise. The shop was founded by four friends, all long time, avid fly fishers: Joy and Don Knickrehm, Ken Pursley and John Croner (each with successful careers in other endeavors). The shop was born out of our experience in fly fishing the western U.S., Alaska and various salt water destinations. We had observed some great shops around the country, and surveying the Boise/Southwest Idaho scene, we formed a vision for a great fly shop here in the Treasure Valley. That shop would provide great customer service and fishing information, offer classes on a continuing basis to all levels of fly fishers (and especially fly fishers-to-be), offer a full and extensive array of great products, and offer a pleasant, open and friendly-to-all store environment.
 
Since opening the shop in 1993, we have continued to strive to achieve our vision.
 
In 1997, ardent fly fishers Rick and Shauna Williams bought the interest of John Croner in the shop. Rick has a PhD in fish genetics, is a published author on fish conservation and salmon recovery, and is an FFF certified Master Instructor.

In 1999, we built a beautiful new store on Vista Avenue, a gateway boulevard to Boise, which provided more room, an outdoor casting area, and easier customer access. Joy, Shauna and Don are all FFF certified Casting Instructors. The shop manager, Tim Mansell, is an FFF certified fly caster and has spent the past 10 years working in the fly-fishing industry, both in retail and for a local boat manufacturer. The shop focus continues to be on customer service, expanding classes and clinics, and providing the best possible current fishing information.
Rick Williams - Owner
Rick is an avid steelhead and saltwater flats angler. He is an FFF Master Certified Casting and Two-Hand (spey) Instructor and a member of the FFF Casting Board of Governors. He teaches Idaho Angler's advanced and Spey casting classes and hosts international fishing expeditions to various steelhead and saltwater destinations.

An Idaho native, Rick has fly-fished for 35 years throughout Idaho and the Pacific Northwest. He is a nationally recognized salmon conservation biologist with the University of Idaho's Native Fish Conservation laboratory in Hagerman. He is also a Life Member of the Federation of Fly Fishers, where he serves as Conservation VP for the Western Rocky Mountain Council, and is a Life Member of Trout Unlimited.
Shauna Williams - Owner
Shauna, a Boise-area surgeon, is an accomplished fly angler. She enjoys all fly-fishing, but steelhead fishing with a two-hand rod, and wading on a warm saltwater flat chasing bonefish are her two favorite pursuits. She and Rick host many of Idaho Angler's international fishing trips.

Shauna is a FFF Certified Casting Instructor who donates her casting and medical expertise each year to Casting For Recovery in Idaho, a program that uses fly-fishing to support recovery for breast cancer survivors. She is also active in the Women Fly Fishers of Idaho Club.
Don Knickrehm - Founder and Owner
Don is an FFF Certified Casting Instructor and a lifelong fly fisher. He is passionate about fly fishing as a family sport. His favorite fishing spots include the South Fork of the Boise River, Silver Creek and any saltwater flat where permit, redfish, bonefish and tarpon are found.
Joy Knickrehm - Owner
Joy works in the shop and helps manage our website and FaceBook Page.
Ken Pursley - Owner