Escaping into the Ice

by Fire Girl Jess on January 20, 2015

Jackie Jordan tests the ice.

Testing the ice.

Winter is setting in, bringing cabin fever in full measure. I’m madly planning to year’s trips, resting sure in the fact that the entire world isn’t grey and cold and there are indeed fish-laden tropical places still in the far reaches of the map.

I was lucky enough to sneak out with a few friends from Orvis to fish one of our open local rivers this past weekend. No fish—none of us had any bumps to speak of—but we had fun and I was able to take the new camera on its maiden voyage. As always, new tech takes a while to learn intimately. We’ve passed that awkward initial “what’s up?” phase and are entering into the “getting to know you” timeframe.

More about the day’s fishing to come on Chi Wulff next Sunday.

Getting ready to head down to the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey this Thursday though Sunday. If you are around over the weekend, come find me and say hi!

Fire is a good remedy for cold days fishing.

Fire is a good remedy for cold days on the water.


Today on the Open Fly Podcast

by Fire Girl Jess on January 15, 2015

openflyI was excited to be a guest on the Open Fly Podcast today, talking about photography and the fishing industry (and just blathering on, it seems. Next time I will pre-game with coffee!). The Upper Missouri Waterkeepers are also featured—an awesome new organization. Check out their website for more info.

Huge thanks to the Open Fly guys for having me on!


Southern Culture on the Fly: On the Road with the Fire Girl

by Fire Girl Jess on January 12, 2015

scof_blogHands down, the best part of this job is being able to work with some pretty awesome people. For whatever reason, fly-fishing, travel, photography… they all seem to draw cool folks.

I was stoked to collaborate with all-around awesome e-mag Southern Culture on the Fly for a feature in their winter edition, perhaps fittingly dubbed “The Winter of Our Discontent.” These guys rock for a lot of reasons, chiefly being they simply do not take themselves too seriously.

Give it a read—you’ll see what I mean.

Thanks to the good guys at SCOF for letting me steal a few pages!


Today on Chi Wulff

by Fire Girl Jess on January 11, 2015

McGlothlin_Slush_HikeAs you’ve likely come to expect, a new installment of The Vermont Chronicles has landed on Chi Wulff today. It’s a black and white week, so go check it out.

I was also lucky enough to nab the Pic of the Day, accompanied by a pretty awesome (and spot-on) write-up by Chi Wulff Mark. As he noted, some people just look the part, and Duck, who I met while producing a photo shoot for Orvis on the Missouri River, is legit. A gentleman, a hell of an angler, and just an all-around good guy. And he photographs well, too.


Five Tips for Travel Fishing Photography in Orvis

by Fire Girl Jess on January 7, 2015

flyfishing_travel_photog_OrvisPick up the latest Orvis travel catalog (hot off the press as of last week) for some quick tips on how to capture your best fly-fishing travel photography. (And check out a lot of cool trips that need to go on your bucket list!)


Duck Johnston changes rigs on Montana's Missouri River.

Duck Johnston changes rigs on Montana’s Missouri River.

For the first time, I’ve had to write multiple “year in review” posts for various outlets. Hopefully they are somewhat different and interesting. The Vermont Chronicles’ review just posted a few minutes ago on Chi Wulff. (And, dear readers, despite having written two series for Chi Wulff in the past—From Russia with Love and Dispatches From Craig in 2012 and 2013, respectively—this is the first time a series has made it more than one year. I’d argue this is perhaps the least interesting of the three series, but it’s a personal record to be in one place for more than 12 months.)

So here’s to 2015 and whatever the hell it brings.


New Belize Portfolio

by Fire Girl Jess on January 3, 2015

Mornings in paradise—getting ready for a day on the water at El Pescador.

Mornings in paradise—getting ready for a day on the water at El Pescador.

Finally got my editing act together and pulled together a few favorites from the recent Belize trip. Head on over to Fire Girl Photography and check it out! Would love to hear what you folks think.