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New Book Connects Fly Fishing with the Rocky Mountain West

June 05, 2015


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Jen Corrinne Brown, Professional Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has found herself in the spotlight, thanks to her new book “Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West.” It was released in March 2015, and was recently reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.

In “Trout Culture,” Brown discusses how the iconography of western fly fishing and the nostalgia for majestic trout streams was not a timeless feature of the West, but rather the product of anglers, fisheries managers, tourists, guides, local business people, and regional boosters and their century-long manipulation of the Rocky Mountain environment.

“I learned to fly fish in southwestern Montana while in college,” said Brown about her inspiration for the book. “After falling in love with the sport, I wanted to combine it with my passion for learning about the past.”

The book reached the No. 3 spot in the fisheries and aquaculture category on Amazon, and received a positive review in the Wall Street Journal.

“I was very surprised by John Gierach's good review of my book in the Wall Street Journal,” Brown stated. “He is one of the best fly fishing authors and I adore his work. I was humbled to know that he has read my book.” 

During the publishing process, Brown taught five classes a semester here at the Island University.

“I believe quality teaching strongly connects to my research and scholarship as a historian,” said Brown. “I am not alone. The strong publishing record in the History Department illustrates how the University has become an emerging research institution that still values good teaching.”

Brown received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from University of Montana-Western, Master of Arts in History from Montana State University, and her Ph.D. in History from Washington State University. She has been teaching at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi since fall 2013.

“As I settle into my new home here in South Texas, I would like to further study the history of the Gulf of Mexico, especially commercial and sport fishing in the region,” said Brown about her future as an historian, educator, and author now living in south Texas.