Ghost Run: “How the Whole Shitaroo is Bound Together….”

This mini-documentary from Fitz Cahall and Brian Smith hit home for me in a number of ways. ┬áBrian uses the venue of California’s mighty Klamath to discuss the modern state of wild steelhead along with the tragedies of baseline shift, or losing perspective between generations. ┬áTake a few minutes to watch his film, it is very well made and I think you will enjoy it.

Ghost Run

Connect Film in Seattle special ticket offer from EWA!

Alright, time for the Friday before movie premier special. Emerald Water Anglers is buying 20 people their ticket on the 17th to the Seattle showing of Connect by Confluence Films. See here:—seattle-premier/

The catch is you have to bring at least one other paying person. The first 20 to email us with their RSVP will have a ticket waiting for them at the door. Email RSVP to: and if you are amongst the first 20 we will let you know. See everyone Thursday!

Seattle Premier of Connect — The new movie from Confluence Films!

Emerald Water Anglers is co hosting with Wild Steelhead Coalition the Seattle premier of Connect, the newest movie from Confluence Films on the 17th. Ridiculous amount of door prizes, buy tickets online here:—seattle-premier/

Door prizes to include swag from:

Recycled Waders
Trips from Emerald Water Anglers
Fly Boxes and Gift Certificates from Gig Harbor Fly Shop
Simms Headwater Bags and Hats
Avid Angler
Creekside Fly Shop
Allen Fly Fishing 9/10 Reel
Yellow Dog gift certificates

and more…

ALL proceeds go to Wild Steelhead Coalition, all of them!

ISA Virus in Wild Salmon Update

For those of you who missed it, a few weeks ago a lab on Prince Edward Island in British Columbia discovered and infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in juvenile wild sockeye. According to this article, more ISA has been found, this time in chum, coho, and chinook adults. An independent Norwegian lab also tested tissue from the two juvenile sockeye that tested positive but did not find conclusive evidence in one of the two samples. In the other sample ISA was detected but at very low levels, close to the detection limit. One concern raised by both labs was the quality of the sample upon arrival in Norway.

Now for the editorial part: As a scientist working in an analytical lab (in addition to guiding and photography) this is serious. Detecting ISA virus in a degraded sample that has been flown around the world makes me think there may have been more. Even only one positive result confirmed by two independent labs is enough to make me very, very worried about our wild salmon runs. We need to start screening a lot more fish, including farmed fish, for ISA. The evidence seems to be saying it’s out there, and we better figure out how much and where, fast.

Full article below: