Assignment: Kootenai River

by Fire Girl Jess on July 21, 2016

13710044_10154294886834454_957875593215909599_nTrading out the travel bags again tonight. Life on the road is once again becoming more home than “home” is, and it’s a funny reality that settles into something new every day. Planes, cars, new places, and new friends. Since the last post I’ve been up on assignment for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures shooting with Linehan Outfitting Company on northwest Montana’s Kootenai River, working / networking / seeing friends / making new ones at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Orlando (and logging a bit of warm water fishing in Florida), and now I’m packing once again for a horse packing  fishing trip in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness here in Montana, again on assignment with Yellow Dog.

Basically, it’s a lot of coffee, a lot of emails, and a bit of sleep somewhere in the midst. Yesterday, managed a “sanity” hike to take advantage of one of my few days here in Bozeman; a leisurely hike (top image) turned into a half-day blitz and alpine climbs. Good for the soul.

The assignment up on the Kootenai was something special… that’s home country for me, and very different compared to the rest of Montana. Tim and Joanne Linehan are hands-down some of my favorite fishing industry people, and run a quality operation in every aspect. We had two days of fishing on both the Kootenai and the Yaak Rivers; a mix of drift boat and wade fishing, in some of the most uncrowded, stunning country in Montana. It’s easy to get lost up there, and with fine fishing and good people it’s a uniquely special place.

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I had a ton of fun working with the team at Carryology on a feature about the gear I take with me on assignments. I regularly get questions about gear — and every photographer packs and carries differently. This list breaks down my must-haves by brand and model, giving what’s hopefully a good jumping-off point.

Give it a read, and let me know what your favorite gear is in the field!


What’s That Song… Work, Work, Work, Work, Work…

by Fire Girl Jess on June 27, 2016

Getting ready for a busy month. Next weekend I’ll be up on the Kootenai shooting with Linehan Outfitting Company for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then the IFTD Show takes up the middle of July. End of the month, back home in Montana for a horse packing / backcountry fly fishing shoot for Yellow Dog. Sometime in between I hope to actually fish a bit!
The nice thing about this industry… regardless of the locale, fishy folk are pretty much the same the world around. Look forward to seeing some of you at IFTD!
Image: El Pescador Lodge and Villas, 2014, on assignment for The Orvis Company.


mifa_seal.phpRodeo has always been close to home. I spent a lot of time on horses growing up, and one long summer learning how to rope. (I’m still sub-par at it, but it’s damn fun.) Having taken a step back from an earlier career in the equestrian industry, I now enjoy rodeos through the lens of a camera, trying to capture those hidden moments beneath all the “glory shots.”

Apparently it works. A rodeo series featuring the Montana High School Rodeo Finals several years back just took home a Category Award winner at the Moscow International Foto Awards. The series took home a both a subcategory and then an overall category win in the Professional category, and I can’t be more thrilled to see these shots get the attention. It’s not the first time they’ve been in the spotlight… several years ago after a feature photo essay in American Cowboy, the images received note in a popular international photography critique publication. The series will be part of a gallery show in Moscow this year, hopefully bringing a bit of the West to a new land.

Several other photo series received an Honorable Mention, including work from a French Polynesia shoot for Costa del Mar, a few images from a recent shoot in Cuba for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, and a personal project shot on Russia’s Ponoi River.

And, yes, I still miss being in the saddle.



Summer is officially here, and I’m getting quite a few inquiries about photography instruction. Here we are, folks — two on-the-water photograph workshops at the end of the summer. I’m happy to be working with The Tackle Shop in Ennis for these workshops, and hope to see some of you there!

Here’s the down-low:


  • Women’s Workshop: Saturday, August 20
  • Co-Ed Workshop: Saturday, September 3 (Ennis Fly Fishing Festival weekend)


  • $500 – includes day of guided fishing, photography instruction, swag bag and all meals


  • Guided day of fishing and all terminal tackle
  • Photo instruction
  • Swag bag with hat, Buff, and other goodies
  • Light breakfast, river lunch, and BBQ dinner

Bring with You

  • Camera (or iPhone)
  • Personal fishing gear, if desired
  • Sunscreen / lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket

The Team

Jess McGlothlin, Jess McGlothlin Media
Jess McGlothlin is happiest on the road in the weird, far-off corners of the world. Currently based in Bozeman, Montana, she sees her mission as a simple one: tell stories. Working as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor industry, while on assignment in the past year she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, and eat all manner of unidentifiable food. See more of her work and a client list at Jess McGlothlin Media.

The Tackle Shop, Ennis, Montana
The Tackle Shop is located in Ennis, Montana, on the banks of the Madison River. You will find us on Main Street right under the large metal fly on our roof. We have been doing business in the same location for 79 years and proudly claim the honor of being Montana’s oldest fly shop, a madison River Original. We have worked to develop a reputation as providing the best guides on the Madison, gear, apparel and an impressive fly selection. The Tackle shop has earned the coveted Orvis Endorsed Outfitter designation for the Madison river. Stop by you will see why we are called the friendly fly shop.

For booking call The Tackle Shop at 406-682-4263, or email me [firegirlphotography (at) me (dot) com] with any questions!


Work for Costa Sunglasses

by Fire Girl Jess on June 16, 2016

Costa1More work surfacing from a recent French Polynesia shoot with Costa Sunglasses and the IndiFly Foundation. This was one of the more incredible shoots I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of — awesome people, phenomenal location, and just the right amount of unexpected adventure. It’s a pleasure to see these assets continue to roll out in emails, website, and social media.




American Angler Magazine Images

by Fire Girl Jess on June 12, 2016


It’s always a pleasure to work in ongoing relationships with magazines, and American Angler has been a client for a long, long time. This past issue features an image of anglers Oliver White and Matt Shilling changing out fly lines after a French Polynesian coral reef chewed through several the previous day — one of many taken during a fantastic assignment last spring. The other is an underwater shot of running salmon in the Bristol Bay region… the result of standing in icy water for an hour waiting for the fish to pattern in the water nicely.

As always, thanks to the editors I work with who are willing to dig through images and words with me, and thanks to the incredible anglers and adventurers who let me tag along for the ride!