Henry Winkler Reels In Memorable Fly Fishing Book

Not very many books are released on a Sunday. But that’s the case with I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly Fishing by Henry Winkler, arriving from Insight Editions May 1st.

FishbowlLA got its hands on an advance copy, and our favorite aspect of the 143-page tome – by far – is the way it showcases a celeb’s personal moments in a way that has nothing to do with TMZ, Radar Online, or Perez Hilton doodles. There’s a gracious dedication to attorney Skip Brittenham and late talent agent Leonard Hanzer, a lovely preface by Winkler’s wife Stacey, and this reminder of the old adage it’s who those you know, know:

While sitting at the luncheon table at our oldest son’s wedding, I showed a few photographs I had taken over the years in Montana to Cristina and Tony Thomopolous. They introduced the idea of a book and then introduced me to [literary agent] Jan Miller.

This book exists because Jan Miller said yes. We never met. We never telephoned. We never e-mailed before this book idea became an idea.

Winkler’s warm-hearted 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. The hand-written photo-captions font is also a nice touch.

Update – 06/23/11: Winkler’s book will debut at number 30 on the New York Times bestseller list June 26th.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.