Trout Are Stupid: and other uncomfortable truths


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Mykiss Media
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.42 inches | 0.51 pounds

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About the Author

Walt Fulps was born in San Diego, California to a military family. He discovered trout when stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, during elementary school and began teaching himself to fly fish in 1978. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1992 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and spent most of his early career working in the areas of experiential and adventure therapy. After returning to the Missouri Ozarks in 2002, he designed and published the website and almost immediately began developing a following. Since then, he guided and taught fly-fishing, including hosting annual salmon fly-fishing trips to Prince of Wales Island, Alaska until he retired from professional fishing in 2019. Walt and Linda have been married since 1992, and they have a son, Patrick, a software engineer.


"As a young fisherman looking for guidance on fly fishing in Missouri, Walt's Missouri Trout Hunter website was an amazing discovery that shaped who I became as an angler. A lifetime on the water and decades guiding anglers have left Walt Fulps with a treasury of knowledge regarding trout fishing. This book is an entertaining must-read for everyone looking to expand their understanding of our sport."

Max Turner
Ozarks Smallmouth Alliance

"Compelling! Trout anglers are caught up in the fairy tales and fables of the sport. Walt Fulps' "Trout Are Stupid - And Other Uncomfortable Truths" bursts our proverbial bubbles. Wit, wisdom and keen observation of both human and trout behaviors, catapults Fulps' work from the "if or when to read" category, into the "must-read" category for every serious trout fisherman. His brilliant insights into the world of the trout launch readers into a higher level of understanding and appreciation for the fish that haunts our dreams."

Bill Cooper
Outside Again Adventures TV (
Member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

"Walt challenges all anglers, not just trout anglers, to reexamine their ideas about the fish they are attempting to catch. His book contains many examples of conclusions that have been arrived at by careful observation and by scientific facts. The book is well illustrated with diagrams and photographs... If you are an angler, you must read this book."

Neil M. Travis
Fly Anglers Online

"The book is a paperback, and my first thought was "oh, what a great little book, that's gonna be a fast read". But appearances can be deceiving. First of all, it's not that small at all. It's actually about 200 pages. Also, it's dense. With dense, I mean that it's concentrated, very focused and has no "fluff" in the text or in the presentation. It does contain anecdotes and stories from Fulps' childhood and youth, but most of the book is stuffed with facts and observations and tends to be more scientific in its approach to the subject than the average fishing book. It reminds me of Jason Randall's "Trout Sense" and Colin Kageyama's "What Fish See" and to some extent Datus Proper's "What the Trout Said" in the sense that it covers fish behavior and physiology in a way that's aimed at anglers, but very much with an outset in precise and well-researched scientific observations. This book has a lighthearted and entertaining angle of observation, but readers should not be fooled by that. I'm certain that Fulps has spent a lot of time researching - and not only by the water but also in the library. You feel that you are in safe hands when the talk falls on trout physiology and ethology as well as when it comes to trout behavior on the water in a fishing situation."

Martin Joergensen
Global Flyfisher Magazine