This is an actual drawing of the rod winder that
I used from 1971 to about a year and a half ago.
With one side of the mouse trap bar cut off the
trap serves as both a spool holder and a device
to adjust the thread tension. The bar is bent to
For this little article I tried a couple of different
makes of traps and Victor was the only one that did
not come apart.
If your area Lumber Yard custom cuts you may well
find usable stock in their scrap bin. Mine was ¾ Pine
from the ends of an apple crate.
While employed at Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan, MT,
in the 70's rod building classes were held in the evening
and each corpsmen that built their own rod also built
their own Mouse Trap Rod Winder.
This is a fairly straight forward project. The stock
can be purchased from a lumber yard or craft shop.
Michael's pre cut ½ in and 1/4 in plywood is just
the right size and inexpensive. With this stock the
only cut necessary is the V cut in the supports. A
drill to drill pilot holes and for attaching the sides
to the base, screw, sticky backed felt and a tube of
glue and a Mouse Trap is all you need for this project.
The sides are screwed and glued to the base as is the
This served me well for a number of years. When I
got back to rod building after an absence of 25 years
I built a new winder so I would look more classy along
with these fancy new Graphite Blanks. ~
Brian Ahern (Rovercat)
If you have any tips or techniques, send them
along! Help out your fellow rodmakers!
~ Publisher, FAOL