Tip of the Week: Fish are not smart. Stop treating them like they are.

Fish are not smart. They don’t get educated. They don’t think. They can’t reason or feel emotion. You are intellectually superior to a rainbow trout (brains shown to scale). True, this: once you stop treating fish like an intelligent adversary, you’ll start catching more of them.

The McMillan quote is one of my favorites.



6 comments on “Tip of the Week: Fish are not smart. Stop treating them like they are.

  1. Frank Zima says:

    …then how come I saw a rainbow trout reading “Currentseams”???!!!

  2. Alex Argyros says:

    Your post is actually not very comforting. There is some solace in being humiliated by a creature that can think. But, to be thoroughly defeated by a peabrain is a perhaps healthy blow to anyone’s ego.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Courage, Alex. You weren’t defeated by a peabrain. You just didn’t figure out what they were eating, or how they were eating it, or your presentation was off. Persistence (and intelligence) shall prevail! 🙂

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