Henry Winkler, an actor, author, producer, and angler, is here to chat about fly fishing, Happy Days, and his incredible life.

We find out what it felt like to get offered the movie, Grease and why he turned it down, how he got the role in the HBO show Barry, and how he managed to do great things while being challenged with dyslexia.

We dig into his books and movies – how they came to be and the inspiration behind them. And we discover similar truths about fly fishing and acting.


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Show Notes with Henry Winkler

02:55 – For the past 10 years, Henry has been fishing in Swan Valley, Idaho

05:20 – Double hauling is the most tricky thing for Henry. He’s been fishing since 1986 but he’s never done a double haul. The second most difficult thing for him is the rules: the things you need to do in order to place the fly in the place you need it – mend, strip, watch, strike

07:20 – The truth about fly fishing and acting for Henry:

  1. You cannot take for granted 1 minute of being in the process
  2. You cannot just do it haphazardly – you will miss the fish, you will miss the spot

09:00 – Henry’s wife, Stacey Weitzman is also a good fisherwoman

10:55 – For a long time, Henry didn’t think he was capable of dry fly fishing, then one day he started dry fly and became successful at it

12:30 – Henry describes the guides that he’s had


15:09 – Henry and Lin Oliver wrote 39 novels for children

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15:15 – Henry also wrote a book about fly fishing called, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River. This was originally published in 2011.

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16:30 – Henry recently won an Emmy for the TV series, Barry – an American black comedy crime drama thriller

17:20 – MacGyver was the first show Henry produced because he couldn’t get hired as an actor

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17:55 – Happy Days introduced Henry to the world. He used to receive 55,000 letters a week and people welcome him to their homes all the time.

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20:30 – Henry, who played principal Himbry in the movie Scream, was asked to go uncredited because the producers did not want to detract any attention from the younger, lesser known actors

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23:05 – Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever – is a story about a boy who has dyslexia. Henry also considers himself dyslexic.

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27:15 – Henry’s favorite fly pattern is called the Winkler – it’s a pattern that someone made for him when he fished a river in Blackberry Farm, Tennessee. It’s like a little mayfly. Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture. He said it works well.

29:28 – Henry tells the story of when he went to New Zealand for 10 days to fish. He was sponsored by an outfitter. His favorite trip though was when he went to Argentina.

32:00 – Henry was offered the role of Danny Zuko for the movie, Grease, but he turned it down because he played Fonzy for already 10 years and he couldn’t sing. He could dance though.

33:20 – Henry tells the story of how he got the role for the TV series, Barry as Gene Cousineau. His son Max directed his audition.

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You can find Henry on Twitter at @hwinkler4real


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Conclusion with Henry Winkler

So there you go..

Henry Winkler, the man, the myth, the legend.

Words can’t describe how happy I am to be able to speak with one of my childhood idols.   

Thanks to Fonzie and Happy Days, a lot of people had a wonderful childhood.

Henry is proof that a disability can’t stop you from doing great things.

So thank you, Henry. I hope you live for as long as you wish.

See you on TV! Ayyyy!