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

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

by Henry Winkler


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608870202
Publisher: Insight Editions
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Henry Winkler is an actor, producer, and director, as well as a New York Times best-selling author of I've Never Met an Idiot on the River and the Hank Zipzer series. Also the coauthor of 17 children's books, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Stacey, two dogs, and five fly-fishing rods.

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I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".
Wells69 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago