Synopses & Reviews
A novel volume to live by, or at least learn something about dry flies and woolly buggers, I've Never Meet an Idiot on the River
is Henry Winklers collection of every-day wisdom learned from fatherhood, family, and fly-fishing. A veteran of showbiz and television legend, Winklers paramount pastime has always been fishing. It takes him to the outdoors, returning him to nature where he can be away from the busy-ness of everyday lifeA “washing machine for your brain,” as Winkler calls it. Standing in the river is a different way of being that allows intuition to rule and important life lessons to make themselves apparent.
Spending time with family on these trips has taught him to be a better father, husband, and gain more out of everyday life. Being in nature has reminded him of how to really see the world, as well as how to understand the importance and value of simplicity. Courting fish with flies has made him more self-reliant, patient . . . and funnier. Through wading in the waters and casting his line some might say Henry Winkler has grown a bit wiser, while others might say: “youll never meet an idiot on the river.”
In this delightful collection of humorous anecdotes and heartfelt observations, Henry Winkler shares the joy and wisdom hes 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, theyre about adopting the proper perspective on life. Or, as Winkler puts it, when hes 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, Ive 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