Mouse Trap Rod Winder
By Brian Ahern, Helena, Montana

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 adjust tension.

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 " 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 corpsman that built their own rod also built their own Mouse Trap Rod Winder.



This is a fairly straightforward project. The stock can be purchased from a lumber yard or craft shop. Michael's pre-cut 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 mouse trap.

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)

Recent Articles

Metallica Salmon Fly – Davie McPhail

Metallica Salmon Fly – Davie McPhail

Metallica Salmon Fly designed by Mr. Petur Steingrimsson at Big Laxa in Iceland, designed whilst he was listing to a song by Metallica, on state radio Mr. Petur Steingrimsson is over 80 years old and had been a guide on the Laxa for over 60 years

Composite Dubbing Loops with Jerry French

Composite Dubbing Loops with Jerry French

Jerry French is a true steelhead fly tying innovator. He shares his vast knowledge of the construction and benefits of composite dubbing loops that is applicable to any style of tying

Winged Ant – by Holger Lachmann

Winged Ant – by Holger Lachmann

Summertime is Terrestrial time. There is no mistake on how effective a ant can be when fished under an overhanging tree or bank. This pattern not only offers a good “SPLAT” on contact with water, it also offers a solid profile construction and durability to fish all day.

Mikael Frödin – What makes a good fly

Mikael Frödin – What makes a good fly

Listen to Famous Swedish fly tyer Mikael Frödin details what he thinks makes a “great fly”

Rhyacophila Caddis Larvae by Mak

Rhyacophila Caddis Larvae by Mak

A great nymph pattern that will allow any tier to create a realistic nymph.

Balmoral Variant Dee Salmon Fly – Davie McPhail

Balmoral Variant Dee Salmon Fly – Davie McPhail

The Balmoral is an iconic Dee fly. Here Davie McPhail shows a detailed tutorial of its construction.

Biot Nymph – by Lucas Langton

Biot Nymph – by Lucas Langton

A great nymph pattern that not only looks great but is durable. Color and size can be easily adapted to meet local conditions and bugs.

Modern Green Highlander – by Morten Bundgaard

Modern Green Highlander – by Morten Bundgaard

Morten Bundgaard offers his take on this classic salmon fly, with modern materials and construction on a tube.

Hatches Theater – Tailwaters and the swamp

Hatches Theater – Tailwaters and the swamp

Follow along as a group of friends camp, fish, and explore while another groups explores swamps in Norway for Pike.

Saltwater Fly by Davie McPhail

Saltwater Fly by Davie McPhail

Davie McPhail shows an innovate fly with a very unique tailing method.

GreenCaddis.com New Inventory Has Arrived

GreenCaddis.com New Inventory Has Arrived

After a Christmas season that completely decimated my inventory I am happy to announce I have received a few shipments in this week. I now have all three sizes of Ruby River Fly Rods(still on sale for $99.95) in stock as well as the return of many of the popular sizes of my fly tying […]

T-Bone Musky Fly – Blane Chocklett

T-Bone Musky Fly – Blane Chocklett

A three-part video of Blane Chocklett giving detailed instructions for tying his T-bone Musky fly

CASTING A VOICE – Full Length Film

CASTING A VOICE – Full Length Film

This film examines the value of the Skeena River and its fish, and the steadily growing risks it faces to development and energy transportation proposals.

How UV and fluorescent materials work

How UV and fluorescent materials work

A great breakdown of light properties and how light impacts color and treatment of fly tying materials.

Hatched Theater – Rotterdam Sea Bass, Dragons, and The Tightest Line

Hatched Theater – Rotterdam Sea Bass, Dragons, and The Tightest Line

3 great videos showcase some Bass, Musky, and Guide Profiles.

WordPress SEO