Mobile Site Follow Iceshanty at Twitter Iceshanty Facebook Page Iceshanty Youtube Channel
Ice Fishing Shanty
Home | ThinIce | Chat | Pictures | Archives | ProShop | Militia | Sponsors
Iceshanty.com sponsored in part by:
Marmish | FishUSA | Marcum | Fish307 | Jiffy | Muck Boots | Frabill | FleetFarm | Lindy | Glens | KitteryTradingPost | Cabelas
Apr 16, 2014, 02:05 AM
Support Iceshanty...
Get some great gear and forum goodies...
Join The Iceshanty Militia


Miss activation email? Check your spam folder! | Forgot password?
The ice fishing ME board is sponsored by:
7th Annual Fishing Derby will be held January 28 & 29 2012 Fish For A Cure

Author Topic: "Original Moosehead" traps  (Read 5198 times)

t_04061

  • IceShanty Rookie
  • **
  • Posts: 88
  • Location: North Waterboro, Maine
  • Join Date: Jan 2007

  • Tom
"Original Moosehead" traps
« on: Aug 09, 2007, 05:24 PM »
I picked up a used set of five "original moosehead" traps two years ago and I have never been able to find out anything about them on the internet.  Has anyone ever used this brand of trap or know anything about them?




LINGUINI

  • Team IceShanty Maniac
  • **
  • Posts: 1,833
  • Location:
  • Join Date: Feb 2004

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #1 on: Aug 09, 2007, 07:48 PM »
they are a very good trap but i dontlikesetting the flag in the cold 

OLBLUUU

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 549
  • Location: casco,ME.
  • Join Date: Feb 2006

  • Go Big
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #2 on: Aug 10, 2007, 11:28 AM »
same thing as thomsen traps but TALLER!!! I'M a thomsen fan , and i fish with a guy who has mooseheads and hes had them for many , many years, from his dad, and they work great!!!  parts will be hard to find , but they look in good condition, good luck !!!! they also look pretty fishy!!!!

brujharr

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 589
  • Location: Fremont,WI.
  • Join Date: Dec 2005

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #3 on: Aug 10, 2007, 06:29 PM »
  Never heard of them in WI., t_04061. I've always have been, interested in tipup design. Seen many of that type, but never by that name. Might have been a local company in Maine. Or, from just about anywhere, and ending up in your hands, in Maine. Post in the tipups, board. They know their stuff. Good Luck!

toguetaker

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 399
  • Location: Togue Township
  • Join Date: Feb 2005

  • This is fishing!
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #4 on: Aug 14, 2007, 01:38 PM »

  JUNK ALL JUNK   I'll give you $5:00 a piece for them ;) ;) ;)

Thank you to all my fellow Veterans

putback

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 294
  • Location: Vermont
  • Join Date: Feb 2006

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #5 on: Aug 14, 2007, 06:46 PM »
Years back they were about the only thing the guys I knew used for lakers and salmon. Couldn't find  anything else with a large dia. spool in N. Vermont. Real well made, worked fine. I'd think the older ones are valuable. Your picture looks like the ones we had back in the '70s.

t_04061

  • IceShanty Rookie
  • **
  • Posts: 88
  • Location: North Waterboro, Maine
  • Join Date: Jan 2007

  • Tom
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #6 on: Aug 14, 2007, 07:04 PM »
Thanks for the info.  When I picked the traps up I paid $5 each and they have worked well for me.  I may pick up some Jack traps for me this year and give these to my nine year old son as his first set of traps.

skidoo72

  • IceShanty Rookie
  • **
  • Posts: 10
  • Location: east pittston, me
  • Join Date: Dec 2006

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #7 on: Aug 15, 2007, 11:58 AM »
i have an old set of moosehead traps that were my grandfathers, they are great traps, i like how i can set the drag by twisting a wingnut backed by a spring on the spool. the middle stick on mine are black though and they say "moosehead" down the side in black on one of the outer sticks. very nice traps.

brujharr

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 589
  • Location: Fremont,WI.
  • Join Date: Dec 2005

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #8 on: Aug 15, 2007, 09:04 PM »
  Six bucks, a piece! Send them C.O.D.    ;)2     You might have some old and unique tips there, t_04061???

gamefisher

  • Team IceShanty Maniac
  • **
  • Posts: 2,728
  • Location: Maine
  • Join Date: Sep 2005

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #9 on: Aug 18, 2007, 06:20 AM »
Nothing antique about them but a very nice trap for what you paid.  Still have a set I haul out for the kids and company.  Sold in Maine until the mid - late 90's atleast.  Few things to watch for:  1)  The metal used for the flags is flimsy - flags don't stand straight up when tripped like the Jacks or HT.  Find it easier to set them sideways to see the actual flag down instead of up if that makes any sense.  2)  shaft only held on with brads that loosens or falls out - If that shaft slides up or down, trip mechanism won't work properly.  I think all mine are held in place with elec. tape at this point.  3)  the nut on the reel shaft sometimes loosens as the wood swells / shrinks, causing it to tighten against the reel and not letting it free spool on a trip.  I just snug it down with the Leatherman when setting it to be sure.  4) If yours don't have them wingnut to tighten the crosspiece, go to the hardware store and change them over for the same problem as #3. 
     I had a friend use them all last winter - a nice purchase on your part.

Speaking of traps - I still use a set called Superiors made in Gardiner, Maine.  Orange plastic reels, purchased in 1990.  If you guys ever see these at a yard sale, grab them!  Best trap I've ever used, including the set of of J.T.'s I purchased for my wife!  Maybe the predecessor to the Jack Traps?  Not sure.  Anybody else use this trap?       

Out4Trout

  • Team IceShanty Maniac
  • **
  • Posts: 1,429
  • Location: Palermo, Maine
  • Join Date: Jan 2004

  • Waiting for the Annual trip up North
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #10 on: Aug 18, 2007, 08:00 PM »
Speaking of traps - I still use a set called Superiors made in Gardiner, Maine.  Orange plastic reels,   Anybody else use this trap?       

Hey Gamefisher, that's what I use. Never heard of anybody else that has a set. They are a good trap, I didn't realize they were made in Gardiner. I did break one of the reels, but had a couple of spare reels that I just picked up because I heard that the company wasn't making the trap any longer.
Here's one of my traps.



Here's a picture of a trout taken on one of my friends moosehead traps last year. The Superior are similar, just a bit smaller.



I didn't think that any of these traps were antique.......maybe I'm just getting old.  :pinch:

gamefisher

  • Team IceShanty Maniac
  • **
  • Posts: 2,728
  • Location: Maine
  • Join Date: Sep 2005

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #11 on: Aug 19, 2007, 05:26 AM »
Hey Gamefisher, that's what I use. Never heard of anybody else that has a set.


Cool O4T - seeing those great pics of yours from up north makes me drool for ice!  They are the smoothest trap - mine too have been beat to death but like the energizer bunny, well you know ;D  Paid like $75. for the set from the old Charlies Log Cabin in Oakland..... let me know when you upgrade, I'll take them off your hands so you don't have to pay the disposal fee!

brujharr

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 589
  • Location: Fremont,WI.
  • Join Date: Dec 2005

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #12 on: Aug 19, 2007, 05:52 PM »
 Ive noticed, that some fold on center and others offset, to protect the trip mechanism. Why, the change in design?   ???   

HUNTnFISHSD

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 942
  • Location: Sioux Falls, SD
  • Join Date: Dec 2012

  • Die Hard Fisherman
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #13 on: Feb 06, 2013, 06:34 PM »
 Where can you find these?




Fishn'Rod

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 138
  • Location: Greene, Maine
  • Join Date: Nov 2009

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #14 on: Feb 06, 2013, 06:47 PM »
Seems to me I remember the company that made these also had a 'Thompson" model....or maybe I'm just getting old.

NoMe

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 587
  • Location: No. Me.
  • Join Date: Nov 2011

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #15 on: Feb 06, 2013, 07:05 PM »
I have one original moosehead and one thompson. Just about the same but the moosehead is bigger. Yea they are hard to set if you have gloves on. Good traps but I use polar tip-ups now. Those polars are easy to set the flag with gloves, easy to make hole covers out of rubber inner tubes, you can see if the fish is taking line off the spool when you arrive. They don't have that traditional look to them but I don't think I'll ever go back to those style traps.

HUNTnFISHSD

  • Team IceShanty Addict
  • *
  • Posts: 942
  • Location: Sioux Falls, SD
  • Join Date: Dec 2012

  • Die Hard Fisherman
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #16 on: Feb 06, 2013, 07:12 PM »
 Where could you buy one?




Brookieslayer20

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 126
  • Location: Midcoast
  • Join Date: Dec 2012

Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #17 on: Feb 06, 2013, 07:14 PM »
i have an old set of moosehead traps that were my grandfathers, they are great traps, i like how i can set the drag by twisting a wingnut backed by a spring on the spool. the middle stick on mine are black though and they say "moosehead" down the side in black on one of the outer sticks. very nice traps.

Same here i have 2 from my great grandfather, love em

kmgb42

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 347
  • Location: Never No!!!
  • Join Date: Dec 2011

  • Wicked Good!!!!
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #18 on: Feb 06, 2013, 07:16 PM »
redoing a set of those right now. Replacing every thing on trap except wood, I'm 24 and hope to give them to my kids at my age... :) :)
A bad day of fishing will always be better than a good day at work!
(Nate D)

bait trap

  • Team IceShanty Regular
  • ***
  • Posts: 308
  • Location: Home Warren Maine, Currently Fruitport Michigan
  • Join Date: Jan 2013

  • Original Iceshanty Join date Feb 2004. FRESHBAIT
Re: "Original Moosehead" traps
« Reply #19 on: Feb 06, 2013, 07:21 PM »
I've got a set of these.  I've had them since I was a kid my mom bought them at laverderes,  I think I spelled it right.  They've been outta business some 20plus yrs.  I think they're about the same as a jack trap just a little less refined.  Mine have a measurement ruler on one of the legs.  I don't even think they're made any more. I could be wrong though, I just haven't seen any for sale in yrs.
Checkin traps and making sure there's FRESHBAIT!!!
[


 

Iceshanty.com sponsored in part by:
Marmish | FishUSA | Marcum | Fish307 | Jiffy | Muck Boots | Frabill | FleetFarm | Lindy | Glens | Cabelas
Home | ThinIce | Chat | Pictures | Archives | ProShop | GearShop | Militia | Sponsors

Ice Fishing @ www.iceshanty.com Fishing @ www.myfishfinder.com Hunting @ www.myhuntingforum.com

Contact | Sponsor IceShanty.com | Disclaimer
©1996- IceShanty.com
All Rights Reserved