Winchester Press: The Books that Won the West
The fabled gunsmith entered the 20th century poised to dominate a product line which spilled well outside of its famed Model 1873 rifle known by its moniker, “the Gun that Won the West”. Immediately prior to the Great Wars Winchester expanded their horizons beyond guns and ammunition into tools and sporting goods. The firm was on a path of large scale integration: In regards to fly fishing equipment, they acquired the Hendryx reel firm and even employed the renown bamboo rod maker Eustice Edwards. However, the toll of the great depression was too much to bear, and after only six years of success the Winchester Repeating arms company went into receivership.
A New York Publisher, led by Jim Rikhoff, packaged books under the venerable Winchester label and proceeded to establish the cornerstone of our modern fly fishing heritage. This blog entry strives to catalog Winchester Press fly fishing titles and describes their impact throughout the 1970s on the genre.