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History of Western fly fishing to be discussed Sept. 14 at annual Montana State Trout Lecture

From the MSU News Service

Jen Brown, an environmental historian focused on the history of fisheries, animals, conservation and natural resource policy, will present "The History of Western Fly Fishing in Five Flies" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 165, at Montana State University. The event is part of the MSU Library Trout and Salmonid Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Brown is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is the author of "Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West" and the writer and producer of The Gulf Podcast, which uses oral history to focus on the people and nature on the Texas Gulf Coast. She is also working on a book about dolphins, in which she tells the story of a largely forgotten release of two laboratory dolphins in Hawaii in 1977 to show how dolphins became beloved during the age of ecology.

Brown has a bachelor's degree in social science from the University of Montana-Western, a master's degree in history from MSU and a doctorate in history from Washington State University.

Through the annual Trout Lecture, the library strives to address all aspects of trout and salmonids and to represent the diversity of angling culture. Thanks to contributions from donors, the Sept. 14 event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited and preregistration is encouraged. Guests can register online at or by contacting Ann Vinciguerra at [email protected] or 406-994-6857.

For information on the MSU Library's Trout and Salmonid Collection, visit