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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 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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PRAISE FOR I''ve Never Met an Idiot on the River


“The most entertaining and introspective fly-fishing memoir I have ever read.”

- David Ondaatje, filmmaker and owner, R.L. Winston Rod Company


“Henry Winkler has become a true fly-fisherman and anyone who reads his eloquent words will gain an appreciation of why this sport is so pure and perfect. His stories and thoughts remind me why I love fly-fishing so much.”

- John Barrett, host, Fly Fishing the World


“Henry Winkler and I share a love of the outdoors and fishing. This is a great book that captures the impact the sport can have on our lives. All outdoorsmen should read it and experience Winkler''s passion for the fishing experience.”

- T. Boone Pickens, legendary energy executive


“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. Well done, Henry. This breezy, charming volume is for fans of celebrity memoirs and self-help.”

—Mike Rogers, Library Journal


“Winkler’s warmhearted spirit anchors the simple collection of Montana and Idaho river photos, reminiscences, and asides, resulting in a fantastic Father’s Day gift for any patriarch who owns a pair of knee-high rubber boots.”

—Richard Horgan, MediaBistro


“There is something for everybody in this book . . . The book is a touching story about overcoming personal problems to reach one’s goals.”

—Kevin Brown, The San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

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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Gerald Reimer
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A star can be an ordinary fellow also.
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2021
I enjoyed the book "I''ve Never Met An Idiot on the River". It is not a how-to book. Mostly makes a more ordinary guy out of someone we see on TV. And then there''s the beyond ordinary that makes Henry special. A good read, I think, most fisherman would enjoy.
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Andrew Schonbek
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Happy Book
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2011
This is a happy and a generous book. In it the former Happy Days star talks about his life, its challenges, and his joy in living it and overcoming the challenges. For Winkler, fishing is a source of joy, but also instruction in how life ought best to... See more
This is a happy and a generous book.

In it the former Happy Days star talks about his life, its challenges, and his joy in living it and overcoming the challenges.

For Winkler, fishing is a source of joy, but also instruction in how life ought best to be lived, and a metaphor as to the meaning of what really is important.

What does it teach?

Confidence, intuition, patience, perseverance, focus - all qualities that were needed for the author to rise above the negative scripting of perfectionistic, almost abusive parents (their nickname for him was Dumb Dog).

It''s an exploration of reaching one''s potential. Winkler comes across as a man who knows himself, is grounded in this knowledge, and is living life to the fullest.

I particularly enjoyed the photography (nature photography is another of Winkler''s passions) and the way in which they complement the text.

Reading this is an uplifting experience.
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Ryal McMurry
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Winkler Shares His Love of the Outdoors
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2011
I have long admired Henry Winkler as an actor, and I am even a fan of his children''s books Hank Zipzer Collection . When I saw that he had this book, I purchased it immediately. I have never been fly fishing, but still I thoroughly enjoyed... See more
I have long admired Henry Winkler as an actor, and I am even a fan of his children''s books Hank Zipzer Collection . When I saw that he had this book, I purchased it immediately.

I have never been fly fishing, but still I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the book deals mostly with his fishing trips, it is more about life and appreciating it than it is a "how to" guide. He also uses his own photographs of the beauty around him to illustrate the book. All of the photographs are great, but some of them are just absolutely breath-taking. I did not know that Henry Winkler was such a wonderful photographer, but add that to his other list of amazing talents.

Overall, the book was fun and easy to read, but it was definitely a great read. The last chapter was especially inspirational to me, personally. Henry Winkler is an amazing person, and this book shows that. I''m glad I bought this book.
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Arkansas Red
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Not for true fly fisherpersongs.
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2018
If you''re a fly fisherperson (which I am) you will find this book has very little about fly fishing, and all about Mr. Winkler''s spoiled kids. Not recommended to people who fly fish.
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John C. Kinnie
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Interesting and fun
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021
I found this book to be just the ticket when the word seems to nuts and you’re just in the mood for something good.there are still some good things in life and this book is one of those things.
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Greg
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Great coffee table book- easy read- upbeat
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2019
Henry Winkler is a wonderful human being. This is an easy and inspirational read. It’s a great book to read and the. Give away. I loved it.
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Bill Roberts
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Loved this book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2012
I am one of those people who scoffed at "Happy Days" and Henry Winkler''s character, Fonzie. I mean, I was so tragically hip that the whole show was intellectually beneath me and I avoided it and references to it like the plague. Later, as my daughters watched... See more
I am one of those people who scoffed at "Happy Days" and Henry Winkler''s character, Fonzie. I mean, I was so tragically hip that the whole show was intellectually beneath me and I avoided it and references to it like the plague. Later, as my daughters watched re-runs of it on cable, I forced myself to watch it with them and found that Winkler''s Fonzie was more than just a guy in a cool jacket. It was still schmaltzy as all get out but it grew on me, especially since my girls thought it was hilarious. Okay, I''ve been wrong before. I''m still right about Tom Cruise, though.

Winkler began to emerge from the all-encompassing shadow of that character, I began to get glimpses of what a fine actor and person Winkler really was and is. Thoughtful, kind and generous doesn''t always impress; certainly mainstream media was not paying attention but I was. I''ve read his childrens books to my own kids. This guy is deep.

Now comes "I''ve Never Met an Idiot on the River..." and on a lark I purchased it. When it arrived, a slim book with some wonderful personal photos, I set it aside, putting it in the stack of "books I must read before the end of the world". A couple of weeks later the world seemed on the verge and I figured I''d better start this book soon.

I picked it up and thumbed through it, glancing at the photos and reading the captions and began to warm up to it. Winkler''s expression on the cover photo probably had something to do with it, especially since we share a love for fishing.

Winkler reeled me in (sorry) with his honesty, allowing me a peek into his life, his family and his inner demons. His writing style is conversational, which I prefer at times, and straight-forward. Winkler brought me along on his vacations. I sit in the back seat with the kids, the dog and with fishing rods poking me in the back of the head. Still it''s a wonderful vacation and I find myself fighting with him over unclaimed waters, casting over his line and stealing his fish...whoa, I''m off on a tangent here.

This book is not "War and Peace" nor it is deeply incisive study of the human condition. It is not "The Fonz does Fishing" (although that would have been a funnier title, I guess) so don''t think for one moment Richie and Ralph will pop up out of the riverside brush. It is, however, an all too short but very entertaining read and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at Mr. Winkler''s insights.

I enjoyed it and I think most folks would enjoy it.
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JoAnn Stearns
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I have always loved Henry Winkler and his book is great
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
I have always loved Henry Winkler and his book is great. I needed a quick Christmas gift for my father and wrapped up the copy I had so had to order another for me. LOL! Easy and quick read with beautiful photos.
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Jay
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What a gem!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 23, 2012
In late 2011 I entered in to an agreement with Henry. I needed him to place a phone vote & advertise the fact on Twitter. In return I promised to buy his book. The man of integrity he is... Henry voted. The man of integrity I am... I bought the book. To be honest, I didn''t...See more
In late 2011 I entered in to an agreement with Henry. I needed him to place a phone vote & advertise the fact on Twitter. In return I promised to buy his book. The man of integrity he is... Henry voted. The man of integrity I am... I bought the book. To be honest, I didn''t really know what I was buying but boy; am I glad I did!? So refreshing. Funny, honest and genuinely inspiring. You really don''t need to know the first thing about fishing to enjoy this true gem of a book; I don''t (well... I know a little more now). This book is more about attitude and is relevant to anyone, no matter what your place in the world or where your interests lie. Oh, and it''s full of some wonderful photo''s too. Thank you Henry. Jay UK
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2016
This is an absolutely marvellous book, the photographs dotted through it are beautiful and add to the overall reading experience. If you are dithering about buying this, then dither no more. Buy it now!
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Banjo007
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Excellent read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2018
Wonderful in every way. Life according to Henry, a very happy man!
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H. Aitchison
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Fishing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2013
Nicely illustrated. Have only looked quickly through it. Bought as a gift for my partner at christmas who is a fishing fanatic. A good coffee table book.
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Great book, amazing read
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