Chris Wright

Freelance writer and editor

United States

Chris Wright is a freelance writer, editor, and brand consultant based in Los Angeles. He writes about the environment, energy, fly fishing, space, and many other topics, and creates memorable, punchy stories and messages for his clients.

Those clients include excellent creative agencies like KSV and Electric Hospitality; major companies like PECO, Crossfit, ScreenCraft, and SEED health; and rockstar small businesses like Grand Central Watch Repair, Lloyd Pest Control, and MkII and Orion watches.

His marketing and storytelling media include billboards, magazine adverts, novels, white papers, websites, short stories, email newsletters, printouts, zines, stickers, and whatever else he and his clients dream up. He smashes deadlines and delivers copy so clean you can eat off it.

As a journalist and author, Chris reports and writes for outlets like WIRED, Outside, GQ, California Fly Fisher, Fly Fisherman magazine, and Gear Patrol. He's published his first zine (“Cafe Goblin”) and is working on his first novel (“Headwaters”).


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California Fly Fisher
Drought and California's Trout Waters

A story about California’s shrinking aquifers—and how drought has affected vital headwater ecosystems where wild trout spawn—for CAFF’s “The Good Fight” column.

Electrifying New York's School Buses

A full guide to NYSERDA's program, which will upgrade the state's school bus fleet to 100% rechargeable, zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

GQ | Meet Pamela Adlon, Not-So-Secret Watch Collector

"Timex Indiglo, bitch," says Pamela Adlon. Adlon isn't wearing her Timex with Indiglo backlight. She's holding it aloft like a torch in her post-production office in Sherman Oaks, demonstrating the survival utility of its electric-blue glow. "I fucking love Indiglo," she says. "I have doomsday, end-of-the-world needs."

Wide Open Spaces
To Trick a Trout, Swing a Wet Fly

If you know how to swing a wet fly, you can trick trout into eating what they think is a bug rising to the surface of a stream or river. Written by Jake Sotak, edited by Chris Wright.

Steve Davit Music
"A seriously dope sample guy" | Steve Davit Music

"I'd been like, 'Hey, could you just, like, improvise a bunch of stuff, record it, and send it to me so I can chop it up?' He's mostly involved in the live part of Marian Hill, but he's also a seriously dope sample guy. People love Steve."

Outside Online
The 92-Year-Old Who Saved Fly-Fishing

The real savior of modern fly-fishing is "Lefty" Bernard Kreh, whose books, videos, and articles on casting, tying knots, and catching fish were the first real introductions to the sport for many of those who stuck around long enough to actually give it a shot.

Gear Patrol
The Man Who Backflips Bulls

A profile of Dusty Tuckness, the most successful rodeo clown in American history. *Notable pick, Best American Sports Writing 2016*

Can You Hack Coral to Save It?

A profile of the Mote Marine Lab coral reef research center, which in 2017 survived a direct hit from Hurricane Irma—barely.

Gear Patrol Studios
The Watch for the Journey | Montblanc

Montblanc’s 1858 collection was inspired by the adventures watches made by Minerva in the 1920s and ‘30s. The Automatic Limited Edition homages the classic stylings of that brand — cathedral-shaped hands, railway minute track — on a bronze-and-green canvas that’s right at home in the wild.

How Five Creatives Capture Place with Unconventional Art

M any of us capture our surroundings by snapping a photo or, on a vacation, perhaps picking up a postcard or springing for a local artist's painting of a street scene. These are all great ways to portray and preserve a place, but as these five artists prove, they're certainly not the only options.

NASA Might Put a Huge Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon

The universe is constantly beaming its history to us. For instance: Information about what happened long, long ago, contained in the long-length radio waves that are ubiquitous throughout the universe, likely hold the details about how the first stars and black holes were formed. There's a problem, though.

To Study the Next Earth, NASA May Need to Throw Some Shade

The agency wants to hunt exoplanets, so it's designing star shades and coronagraphs that block out starlight and give telescopes a clear view. How do you tell whether a planet trillions of miles away is Earth-like? You look at its orbit and the starlight reflecting off its surface and atmosphere, which can reveal whether it has oceans, oxygen, or ozone.

Scientists Could One Day Float an Aerial Robot Above Venus

It's a shame, really. Venus is nearly the same size and mass as Earth. Its terrain is rocky and compacted, like ours. Once, it might have had oceans. NASA is eager to send a mission there. Unfortunately, its surface is 800 degrees Fahrenheit, with pressure so crushing it'd turn you into paste.

The Pandemic Could Derail a Generation of Young Scientists

When Covid-19 hit Seattle, Anzela Niraula worried about the bus. Public transportation during a viral pandemic is less than ideal. How, the 32-year-old postdoctoral scholar wondered, would she get to work at the University of Washington, several miles away? She had no car or bike, so she walked, adding an hour to her commute each way.

Gear Patrol
Inside the mind of Kimi Werner, Hunter of the Sea

At five years old, Kimi Werner stood at the precipice of a Hawaiian sea cliff with her father, timing her leap with the rush of the waves so that she would not be crushed against the rocks below.

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

Like a lot of people these days, Coralie Adam has been working from home. On an April morning in the Chicago suburbs where she was quarantining with her in-laws, Adam climbed out of bed, carried her laptop into a small home office, streamed a barre class, then sat down to watch her spacecraft approach a rocky asteroid 140 million miles from Earth.

Café Goblin issue 1
Café Goblin

A surrealist risograph-printed magazine made by the clever goblin who lives in my head (and many talented friends of his.)

Gear Patrol
The Best Bourbon Whiskeys You Can Buy for $100 and Up

So, you want to spend more than $100 on a bourbon. Great! This is your right. (If you haven't tried the army of great bourbons for less than $50 or $25, you should probably start there first.) There are loads of "high-end" bourbons to choose from.


Gear Patrol Studios
The King of Downhill Skiing, Aksel Lund Svindal, Plots His Return

"That feeling when you're in the starting gate," Aksel Lund Svindal says. "It's minus five degrees Celsius, a perfect crisp day. The sun is right there. There's no wind. The conditions are perfect. To be at the starting gate. To know that the pressure is all on you."

Gear Patrol Studios
How Indian Motorcycle Company Accomplished a Great and Gorgeous American Comeback

The high-revving V-twin engine of a Scout FTR750 barks to life. Amplified by straight pipes, unfiltered by a muffler, the exhaust note has a deep bellow hidden under sharp, cutting explosions. It’s a sound no one’s heard for 64 years—an Indian motorcycle taking to the starting line at a national flat-track race.