Fly Fishing Helps Child Abuse Victims Cope

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Updated: 7/01/2013 4:27 pm
Being a victim of child abuse is often a long road to recovery. Steve Davis, familiar with this process, is the founder of On River Time, a charity that lets the role of fly fishing help victims of abuse to heal, at the Lodge at Palisades. After longtime manager Stan Klassen passed away in 2011, Davis decided to help children who have been abused or neglected on their journey through the healing process by enjoying some of Idaho's greatest treasures.
"All of us have been survivors of something and like these kids, I'm a survivor as well. What's happened is, I wanted to take something that would introduce kids to something about the Snake River and fly fishing and maybe teach them about patience, persistency, but most importantly show them something about themselves that they learn on the river," said Steve Davis, the Founder of On River Time Charity.   

This is the second annual On River Time charity event that offers children the chance to fly fish in the Snake River. Two boys and two girls along with their guardians from Big Oak Ranch in Alabama have been chosen for this special event.

"I mean it's just beyond words, we just keep saying we can't find the words or how to express how thankful we are and how amazing this is," said Reagan Phillips, the Child Care Team Director with Big Oak Ranch.

They couldn't be more grateful or excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

"I'm just amazed we got to come out here. Being out here is really miraculous, I love the sight seeing and especially the wall fishing," said Karen, one of the participants.

At first we thought it was a log and so I pulled it, saw the fish and started reeling it in quickly again," said Dalvin, another Participant.

"It was a lot of fun and I had a great guide," said Chris, One of the Participants.   
"It means a lot, to  the people who brought us out here, I just want to give them a big thanks," added Karen. 

Davis's goal is to not only show off Idaho's beauty, but show these kids the peace it can bring and also to remind them that they are not alone in this journey.

"There is a lot of people out there who have gone through bad things and I think it's not neccesarily what happens, but what you do afterwards," added Davis.     
Child abuse can be heartbreaking and traumatic and Davis hopes this mentoring and relationship experience through fly fishing will help inspire these kids to not give up and to know that the future is full of amazing possibilities.

"I hope they see how big this world is and they can go out and do anything they set their mind to," added Phillips.

"When I think about these kids and you think about the future and the leaders of our country, one of those four kids in there might be the next president of the United States. It's great to have a venue that offers this lodge, the Snake River, and fly fishing  to maybe allow them a chance to feel the peace and the opportunity to know that they are not alone," said Davis.   

Davis dreams of one day offering this fly fishing all expenses paid opportunity for one summer month where many more kids can come and experience something that they might not have thought possible. For more information on how to make that possible you can visit
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