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I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing Hardcover – May 31, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


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, 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; 1St Edition edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870202
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Okay, it's not really a self-help book, a sportsman's guide, or a memoir. It's a work of art from a long-admired person.

And he shares his 20-year passion for fly fishing in this latest offering. It is hopefully, the first of more non-fiction works from somebody who previously and effectively tackled the kids market through the Hank Zipzer series. They also addressed challenges I previously faced in elementary school with my own disabilities. But this time he talks with myself and fellow adults. We have to recharge our brain.

The book itself is laid out less like a 'memoir' and more like a relaxed and intimate conversation amongst friends. This reflects Winkler's personality as a 'down to earth' individual who never let his head get too big. Personal challenges required him to work harder and smarter throughout his life. Obviously, this strategy paid off!

The book is not just writing, because Winkler is also a dynamic photographer. We see photographs of his favorite Montana vacation spot, the perfect place to do this fly-fishing. His family also participate in the annual ritual. Another strength of the book is that his wife Stacey provides a good preface.

This is one celebrity book not headed for the bargain bin. It would be worth giving to a friend or relative.
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I learned about this book on the Orvis facebook page. I know my title seems a little misleading. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, even as I got the Kindle version instead of the print version. And this is where I am disappointed. The Kindle version does not include any of the pictures. You read about this very heartwarming story, and you cannot appreciate any of the visuals as they are not included. I had to look inside the hard copy on Amazon to see them.

I grew-up watching Happy Days, and "The Fonz" was a childhood hero. Had a huge poster of him in my room. Getting to know the real person behind Fonzie was like icing on a cake. Henry Winkler's humor and honesty throuhout the book is wonderful. It is as good as watching The Fonz on Happy Days if not better. I am very happy that I had the chance to get to know Mr. Winkler through this book, and to have shared in his life since Happy Days. And that was NOT disappointing. I am also a Fly Fisher, and amateur photographer, and very happy to learn that we share the same passions.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was a gift from my sister for my birthday. As an avid fly fisherman and tier. My books tend to lean to tying Recipe books or How Too books. This book is neither of those. Since my sister gave me the book and wrote a really sweat message on the first empty page I decided to give it a read.
The book reads very smooth. Never once did I have to force myself to pick it up to finish. My wife read the first chapter that was written by the author's wife describing her husband's personality on and off the water. My wife laughed very hard and said that he and I could be brothers. She instantly related to his wife living through the same issues pertaining to a very dedicated fly fishing husband. I finished the book in three easy halve hour reads. After my completion of the book, my wife and her mother are now reading it.
The book folds a family man's life into his love of fly fishing. All the old clichés of fly fishing comes out in this book. The idea of using fly fishing as an escape from everyday life, too learning lesson from fly fishing to use in everyday life. He talks about some of his personal disabilities that he lived with through his childhood and adult life. Then after he discovered fly fishing he was able to move past the disabilities raising his self-esteem helping him to accomplish some very big roles in his life.

As a very avid fly fishier he got into taking nature pictures to record all his fishing trips. All the pictures in the book are from the collection of the author that he had taken. There are some very beautiful pictures along with his captions creating a wonderfully warm connection to the authors inner most feelings. I feel these photos complete the book.

As you may have realized from my view point of the book and this short dissertation I recommend this book very highly to all fly fisher persons and for great family entertainment.
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This book is simply delightful. You don't have to be a fly fisherman or a photographer to enjoy it and learn from it. Anyone who has ever had their souls crushed will find paths to renewal in this book. Finding lessons all around him, Mr. Winkler shares his revelations with us in the most charming way. Beautifully written and, at times, laugh out loud funny. This book is for fly fishermen, photographers, and anyone who has ever struggled in life.
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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.
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