Vicky Titcomb's Reviews > I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing

I've Never Met an Idiot on the River by Henry Winkler
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May 03, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 03, 2011 to January 15, 2012

I absolutely loved this book! It's great for people who love fly fishing, but there's so much more to it. It's no coincidence that the title lists family first. Henry is a devoted family man and his time on the river is very much about family. (Although we learn right off the bat that he's also a very competitive fisherman and can't be in the same boat as his wife because his fly will find its way to her waters in a heartbeat if he thinks there's a fish there!) The writing is wonderful and beautiful photos help us see Montana through his eyes.

Henry is funny and self-effacing and a genuinely good and warm person. There is so much about his philosophy in the book. His perseverance as he learns to fly fish mirrors his approach to life. He sets a goal to succeed in doing something he loves and works tirelessly towards that goal - with a great deal of joy and humor along the way. Since Henry struggled with dyslexia, it has a real appeal to older children and adults who have dyslexia as well.


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