I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography

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In this delightful collection of humorous anecdotes and heartfelt observations, Henry Winkler shares the joy and wisdom he’s accumulated while honing his skills as a fly fisherman. A accomplished sportsman who meticulously records the measurements of every fish he hooks, Winkler has learned that his yearly trips to the river are not just about catching trout. More importantly, they’re about adopting the proper perspective on life. Or, as Winkler puts it, when he’s fly fishing, the river acts like a "washing ...

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Overview

In this delightful collection of humorous anecdotes and heartfelt observations, Henry Winkler shares the joy and wisdom he’s accumulated while honing his skills as a fly fisherman. A accomplished sportsman who meticulously records the measurements of every fish he hooks, Winkler has learned that his yearly trips to the river are not just about catching trout. More importantly, they’re about adopting the proper perspective on life. Or, as Winkler puts it, when he’s fly fishing, the river acts like a "washing machine for my brain,” recharging him and reminding him that anything is possible. Winkler makes a habit of sharing his angling adventures with his wife, Stacey, and their three children, Jed, Zoe, and Max. The Winklers’ annual trip, where they can escape the busyness of everyday life, has brought them together as a family. On the river, Henry has grown to appreciate the support his wife and children give him, learned to listen, and developed the confidence to publish his outdoor photography in his first non-fiction book.

An expression of the inherent optimism that stems from the simplicity of the outdoors, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River is an invitation to share in the realizations and achievements Winkler

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Actor, director, and children's author Winkler offers an amalgam of memoir, self-help, fishing, and photography in this slim, illustrated volume. Born to German immigrant parents in Manhattan, Winkler had undiagnosed dyslexia that wreaked havoc on his early education and self-esteem (his parents calling him "dumb dog" didn't help either), yet he managed to graduate college, earn a drama master's from Yale, get film work, and land a career-defining role on a popular sitcom. An invite from a friend introduced Winkler to fly-fishing; he was instantly smitten. Fly-fishing became his overwhelming passion, and his angling jaunts to the trout heaven of Montana's rivers became an annual ritual. The majestic scenery surrounding the water led to an interest in nature photography (the book sports numerous pix). VERDICT Winkler's message is positive and upbeat, making the book as much a motivational title as a fishing memoir. The important lesson he learned from his achievements is that with patience, persistence, and practice you can accomplish anything. Although that might seem simplistic, it's a core lesson that, alas, is often forgotten in our current narcissistic age. Well done, Henry. This breezy, charming volume is for fans of celebrity memoirs and self-help.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608870202
  • Publisher: Insight Editions LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 690,567
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler is an actor, producer, director, and author. He is probably best known for his role as the Fonz in the 1970s U.S. television sitcom Happy Days. His fishing exploits have been featured on Fly Fishing the World and he regularly recounts them during his speaking engagements around the country. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey, their three children, and two dogs.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Even non-fisherpeople will enjoy this book

    I do not fish, despite growing up on an island in Puget Sound and still living nearby. In fact, going fishing would be one of the worst things I could think of to do as "fun." However, I found Winkler's book most enjoyable. It is the story of a man's love of flyfishing and of the outdoors, and of the calming effect the sport has on him. The anecdotes about his family are honest (throwing a boot at his daughter because she wasn't hurrying to get to the river and fishing) and heartwarming (the two-page, full-color photo of "The team that makes life glow"--his family photo). Winkler's determination to photograph and record the statistics of each caught fish is something that only someone truly a fanatic would do; I can't imagine it myself but it works for him. The photographs, both color and black and white, make me yearn for a road trip to Montana as Winkler truly captures the beauty of the land. I recommend this book for any fly fishing fan and also for non fishing fans who want a quick, yet interesting book about the passion of one of Hollywood's endearing personalities.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    A little dissapointed

    As much as I have always liked Henry Winkler (and still do), I was hoping for a better book. I also expected to see some of his photos that he talks about. They may be in the regular book, but they sure weren't in the Nook version. Would I love to go fishing with him? You bet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2011

    Inspirational and uplifting and it's not just a fish-tale!

    Your book is visually uplifting during this gloomy spring. Your stories are a beautiful tribute to the wonderful family and life formed and lived by the kind, brave and giving man that you are. I call it a must-read for all families. Whether is it a river or a little league game or just a visit to the porch, your book tells how there is nothing better than cherishing the moments of life and family. No one is an idiot when they open their hearts and minds and find their bliss in being. It was a pleasure read. I hope you can find time to write more books for adults to read, escape and be inspired by such joyous words as you have done with "I've Never Met an Idiot on the River".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Not great

    Disappointing.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Yes Yes Yes

    Beginning with Stacy Winkler's introduction, throughout the whole book is great. A side of Henry I never knew, his reflections on life as well as fly fishing is a wonderful read. Stacy Winkler could be an author herself - again great insight. A down to earth read as if you are sitting on a stream side porch and by the fireplace - just like someone would imagine being with good friends and sharing stories. Thank You Stacy and Henry, Happy and Safe Holidays, Bob

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Candid life wisdom worth reading, even if you don't fish...

    Funny, intimate and thought provoking. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Editor should have added a few more chapters as this book seems too short. Hopefully, there'll be a second book with more wisdom and humor. Mrs. Winkler adds a very funny and brief intro chapter to the book. Would love to see both Mr. & Mrs. Winkler do a "He Said/She Said" type of book on relationships... with or without the fish...

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