At Idaho’s Juvenile Corrections Center at Lewiston, members of Kelly Creek Flycasters are teaching more than a dozen teenage offenders to tie flies. From the Casper Star Tribune:
_The purpose of the program is to give the boys a hobby that, when combined with other things they are learning during their incarceration, might turn their lives around. Many have never had exposure to positive leisure-time activities.
“All they know is the Xbox, bong and stealing,” says Kevin Bernatz, superintendent of the facility.
There are signs from the beginning that fly fishing and tying might be powerful enough to lure them away from bad behavior. During the first session, a boy named Steven says he might take up fly tying when he gets out. He thinks it will keep his mind off what he calls the “negative stuff.”_