© 2004-2016 Jeff Bright | Steelhead Flyfisher | San Francisco

About Jeff

Jeff Bright moved to the west coast from Ohio in 1988 to pursue musical aspirations and other California dreams. He began fishing the steelhead rivers of Northern California in 1993, gravitating to the art and craft of flyfishing soon afterward. Along that wandering path he soaked up stacks of flyfishing literature, from classic works to reports of the day addressing fisheries conservation. Jeff began documenting his outings on film with a simple but sturdy 35mm automatic camera, and through his graphic design studio became involved with numerous organizations active in efforts to protect and restore the state’s wild steelhead and their environs. From these relationships and a dawning awareness of “what had been lost,” a conservation consciousness was born. And, simultaneously, through the camera’s lens and the written word, a pathway for creatively directing that consciousness was uncovered.

In 2002, Jeff published Found in a River: Steelhead & Other Revelations (Frank Amato Publications). Using photo-montage and sparse prose, the book chronicled the beginnings of a flyfishing passion and eventually opened the door to destinations further afield. In 2003, Jeff made his first visit to northwest British Columbia’s famous Skeena River and by the end of 2005 had become a booking agent for Nicholas Dean Lodge in Terrace, hub of the lower Skeena Valley. As of this writing, between March 2003 and March 2014, Jeff has logged over 60 weeks in the Skeena region, experiencing all seasons, as well as over a half-dozen summer weeks on BC’s Dean River, considered by many to be the crown jewel of summer-run steelhead rivers. Most recently Jeff has expanded his travel business to include expeditions to Tierra del Fuego for giant sea trout and the Russian Kola Peninsula for Atlantic salmon.

In summary, Jeff Bright is a flyfisher committed to the celebration, pursuit and conservation of wild sea-run fish, wherever they swim. In support of those activities, Jeff is a flyfishing writer, photographer, travel specialist/host and graphic designer. His published works include the book Found in a River: Steelhead & Other Revelations (Frank Amato Publications, 2002, HB), magazine articles in Chasing Silver, Fish & Fly, Fly Fisherman, Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing, California Fly Fisher, Salmon Trout Steelheader, Fly Fusion and The Contemporary Sportsman, where he also contributes a regualr column titled The Sea-run Angle. His photography has appeared in galleries and periodicals including American Angler, Catch Magazine, Steelhead & Salmon Journal, The Drake, The Fly Fish Journal and on numerous covers of California Fly Fisher. Fine art prints of Jeff’s photographic works are owned and displayed by collectors of angling art throughout the Pacific Northwest and can frequently be seen as auction and raffle items serving fundraising events and campaigns for fish-focused non-profits from Alaska to Southern California. Jeff's design clients include Wild Steelhead Coalition, California Trout, Native Fish Society, Smith River Alliance, California Coastal Conservancy and California Hydropower Reform Coalition. He is an agent and host for Nicholas Dean Lodge on the Skeena River in Terrace, hosts a week each summer at Blackwell’s Dean River Lodge, both destinations in British Columbia, and travels the world in search of angling opportunities for the biggest and brightest sea-run fish. Other agent/host relationships include Copper Bay Lodge on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia; Estancia Maria Behety on Rio Grande and Estancia Laguna Verde on Lago Strobel, both in Argentine Patagonia and in association with The Fly Shop; and Grand Varzuga Camp on the Varzuga River and Umba Lodge on the Umba River, both on Russia's Kola Peninsula and in association with Salmon Junkies.

When not off in planet’s far corners, Jeff resides in San Francisco with his wife Clair and reminisces about the ones that got away.

For more, read the interview with Jeff published in the December 2005 issue of California Fly Fisher magazine. Click here (PDF).

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