AMERICAN BOATER SHARING A LOVE FOR THE WATER EDITED BY ANN DERMODY
henry WInkler’s happy days On the rIver
The Fonz traded in his leather jacket for waders
and found his true home among the trout
Henry Winkler shows off his prize catch.
He may have “jumped the shark” on waterskis in Fonzie’s trademark leather jacket, but these days henry Winkler is happier casting for trout in his waders. that said, the actor and director admits he can be overly enthusiastic when he gets in the boat with a rod in his hand. In fact, his wife says he’s a maniac. n “Well, we do fish in separate boats, because I somehow cannot follow the rule that where she sits is her water,” Winkler says. “If I think there’s a fish in there, I’ve gotta try! that’s annoying for her, of course, so we fish in separate
boats and meet at lunch.” stacey, Winkler’s wife of 33 years, would go even further. she says the only time in their marriage
her husband goes from being the most thoughtful, optimistic, and enthusiastic person she’s ever known is when he’s fishing.
“It’s odd because Henry is a native New Yorker and we
live in Los Angeles. In both of those high-stress places,
he’s never flustered or overwrought. Only in the serene
beauty of fly-fishing country does the crazed and competitive Henry appear. If you happen to find yourself
on the same river as Henry, my advice is this: Do not
obstruct his casting, because he truly believes all fish
wear tags reading, ‘To be caught and released only by
Fishing might seem a slightly unusual passion for
the man who took swagger and a coif to gravity-defying degrees playing “The Fonz” for a decade
in “Happy Days.” Born and raised in New York
City, Winkler’s first introduction to fishing came
courtesy of his lawyer, Skip Brittenham, now one
of the most successful entertainment lawyers in
the business, after he’d moved to Los Angeles.
“On a hiatus from ‘Happy Days,’ Skip took my