The World of Trout: October 2-6, 2016

Native trout are found in a variety of habitats in North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. While no trout species were native to the southern hemisphere, trout have been widely introduced, and are now resident throughout its temperate zones as well. This dichotomy of native northerner and exotic southerner provides just one example of the rich fabric that The World of Trout will explore during this 5-day event, bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers to synthesize knowledge about the species and discuss its future across the globe. At the same time, trout are the passion of non-scientists who spend time angling for them, writing about them and capturing them on canvas and on film. Probably no other species have been written about, painted and photographed more than trout. As technology has changed, trout in the blogosphere, in film festivals, and now captured on social media has allowed everyone to be part of the trout conversation. The World of Trout is organized both as a congress and a celebration.

As a congress, the aim is to assemble an international body for a series of structured lectures and discussions on the relationship between trout and humans. The World of Trout will focus its discussions on themes that include the diversity and role of trout worldwide, conservation issues, and trout in the literature, in the arts, and in the classroom. One unique feature of The World of Trout is “Trout Conversations” where discussions around a “place” that brings together all of the conference themes will be explored. There will be a number of these discussions throughout the event. A partial list of themes to be explored through invited papers, workshops, and informal gatherings included:

  • The rich diversity of trout
  • Trout in the literature…..then and now
  • What do trout teach us about ourselves?
  • The role of trout in outdoor and indoor classrooms
  • Conservation challenges to protecting trout
  • The economic benefit of trout in communities worldwide
  • Trout on canvas and in film - expanding artistic expression through multiple media
  • The role of trout in social and ecological communities
  • The future of trout in the next 100 years
  • Developing an international network for trout conservation

As a celebration, it seeks to infuse the congress with art, literature, angling lore, and special events that promise to make the event both instructional and entertaining. Events may include:

  • Opening reception - Welcome to the 1st International Trout Congress 
  • Reception at the MSU Trout and Salmonid collection 
  • Film Festival and Art Bazaar at the Emerson Cultural Center 
  • The Filmmakers Art at the Ellen Theater 
  • Barbecue and Silent Raffle at the Rocking TJ Ranch 
  • Congress Poster Social Hour 
  • Closing Lunch Reception 
  • Flyfishing demonstrations and contests
  • Youth activities and junior guide camp
  • Fishing
  • Writing, art, and photography displays


MSU campus with Bridger Mountain backdrop.  MSU photo, Kelly Gorham