Guide Winder

Attach line guides or apply decorative trims to fishing rods.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Guide Winders do?

Attaches line guides or applies decorative trim to fishing rods according to oral or written specifications: Obtains specified thread and guides and feeds thread through dispenser or places spool on thread holder. Clamps rod in holding fixture or rotating device. Depresses pedal to rotate rod or to rotate thread dispenser around rod, or turns rod manually. Winds thread around rod in continuous wraps for specified distance, controlling wrap spacing by moving rod or thread as each wrap is completed. Positions guide on rod, holds or tapes leg to secure guide, and continues wrapping until guide leg is wound to rod as specified. Trims loose ends with razor or knife. May apply cement to hold loose ends.

Should I be a Guide Winder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Guide Winder

    Guide Winders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Guide Winder-related education!
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