The world is a better place for Happy Days alum Henry Winkler‘s existence. Well, this brown trout may disagree, but such is the food chain!
Few fish are more fun to angle than trout. Whether it’s freshwater rainbows, brooks, gorgeous tigers, or saltwater sea trout, these beautiful species often make for fantastic trophies and even more fantastic meals.
Happy Days vet Henry Winkler, however, is a catch & release kind of guy. Which is also excellent! An avid angler, the Fonz himself often posts photos of his catches. Monday is no exception, with the star sharing his “First brown of the Last day” of his Idaho fishing vacation to his official Twitter. And she’s a beaut! Almost as beautiful as Winkler’s trademark, infectious smile:
Brown trout specifically aren’t for everyone when it comes to dining. Trout at large are known for their strong fishy flavor, with browns being a strong example of this. Catch them small, however, and they make for a far tastier, less “why does this taste like a riverbed smells?” experience.
Most browns will surface the size of Henry Winkler’s here. The species can reach an enormous size, however, with records tipping out at 40-pounds. Catch one around 2-pounds, though, and you’re in for one of the best fresh-catch-fillets your rod can muster.
‘Happy Days’ Star Henry Winkler Comes Under Fire For… Fishing
I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous to Outsiders, but there is a lot of flack to be caught (pun intended) for anglers out there. In the age of the internet, everyone has the ability to voice their opinion loudly – which is great – unless you’re trying to dam(n) (another pun intended) someone else for their fishing habits.
Such has been the case for Henry Winkler in 2021, with his fishing photos causing quite the stir. Is that another fishing pun? Could be! Why not.
One of the Happy Days’ star’s best, and most popular photos, hit May 10 of 2021. And with hit came the ire described above:
“And leave it to a human to disrupt that beauty to take a selfie to post on Twitter to get likes,” says top commenter Deborah. “Imagine if that fish held you under water to get a selfie. Please don’t encourage this!”
Okay, well, firstly… Those are definitely two very separate acts, Deborah.
“He probably caught it and threw it back, and even if he kept it and ate it, what’s the big deal? Did he disrupt its immortal reign?” asks another tweeter in response to said Deborah. 10 points for syntax, my man!
“Somehow a picture of you holding a dead animal you did not have to kill, doesn’t match your sentiments,” fellow Happy Days fan Bill in turn. The trout, however, was in fact: not dead. Like the majority of practicing and upstanding anglers, Henry Winkler catches and releases.
Fishing is an age-old practice that began out of necessity and evolved into a beloved pastime, then professional sport, and back again. It’s not for everyone. And that’s okay! For us Outsiders, though, it’s a way of life. And what a life it is.