Jess McGlothlin

FlyLife Contributor, Photographer
Jess McGlothlin is happiest on the road in the gritty, far-off corners of the world. 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 years she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, navigate uninvited sharks in Samoa, and document stand-up paddleboard first-descents on Peruvian Amazon tributaries. Based in southwestern Montana, she can usually be found trying to juggle a fly rod, a notebook, and a camera.
Lucky enough to start fly-fishing as soon as she could hold a rod, she spent an inordinate amount of time on the water as a toddler, a trend which has only continued as an adult. She’s worked in the fly-fishing industry around the United States and internationally, in capacities from lodge management to copywriter. As a freelance photographer, clients include Patagonia, Outside, Orvis, Costa Sunglasses, YETI, The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal and a host of other commercial and editorial enterprises.

Anaa Atoll

Jess McGlothlin reflects on island life in French Polynesia