Restringing Decoys Texas Style

avatarJRDiscussions in the local diner have shifted toward waterfowl hunting and it made me realize that duck season would be here before I know it. It also made me realize I had a lot to do before I was ready.

jrTexas1I sat at home last night digging through decoy boxes and bags preparing for the season ahead. As I pulled out each decoy, old and new, I carefully checked each one with a fine-tooth comb for any details that need to be touched up. This season I am going to have a new approach with my decoy spreads which will make it easier to transport and store them from week to week. Seeing the Texas rigs, I shopped around for the best deal and found that you can make your own for cheap.

I begin by cutting off the old decoy string and weights and I neatly place the old weights aside for future use. Cleaning up dozens of old decoys can be a daunting task, but a fun one because you are constantly remembering past duck hunts and dreaming of the ones to come. I wipe off all decoys with a wet rag and as they dry I take Armor All to them to give them a hint of shine. As the decoys are sitting, shining in the last bit of the day’s sun, I start re-stringing them.

I make loops at one end of the decoys and crimp them down, which leaves me with a loop at one end of my decoys to attach a carabineer. Then I slide the weight on the decoy cord and loop the other end through the keel of the decoy and crimp it off. As I finish a dozen decoys, I hook them to the carabineer and hang them on the wall. As you hook the looped end opposite of the keel, the weight slides down the decoy string to make it almost impossible for them to tangle. Since I will be mainly hunting shallow-rice fields and timber, I only need about 3 feet of decoy cord. As the last dozen decoys are nearing completion I put them through a little tangle test to see how my new rigs are going to work. I whirl them round and round, put them in and out of the decoy bag and end up with no tangles. The decoys all fall back in place and are easy to take back off the carabineer. My new strung up decoys are going to be great for transporting around this year and much easier to store, hanging on the wall.


Doing little things every week to prepare for the season helps get me in the mindset that duck season is right around the corner and now I am ready for opening day with my new Texas-rigged decoys.


6 Responses to “Restringing Decoys Texas Style”

  1. 1 Keith Draper November 17, 2009 at 2:08 am

    I thought about re-doing mine but couldn’t justify the cost involved.It was like the old saying “If its not broke don’t fix it” However I did find some 4 oz.oval fishing weights for about a buck each that will work if i drill the hole out bigger. I started off with 6.Will let you know how it works out.

    • 2 Jimbo Robinson November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm

      Keith thanks for responding. I have hear great reviews about Texas rigging and figured I had to give it a shot. There are plenty of companies that make the kits but most are pretty expensive for a few dozen decoys. The cheapest way I found was to get fishing supplies. Bass Pro Shops had all I needed, and it was pretty inexpensive for all. 500lbs fishing line, RedHead crimps, and Redhead decoy line, and I bought the 2 oz weights. Wal Mart has a 4 pack of 1 oz. weights for about a $1 and I used 2 per line on some of my shallow water rigs. I “Gorilla Glued” them togerther after I put them on the line and they work great. Give that a try and let me know how it works for you.

  2. 3 Chase Moore November 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Awesome advice to any waterfowler. I wish I had read this article before I went out and bought several decoy rigging kits for $30 a piece.

  3. 4 Dave Shotwell November 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Does it matter what type of line you use? Any recommendations?

  4. 5 dan bacon December 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    i use tangle free decoy line atach a weight of a pound or more(i use lead weight, but you could use a brick)and just put a loop in it every 3 feet or so.then i take peices of tig welding wire and make a clip out of it.(you could use metal coat hangers for this.)now all the decoys are clipped at the cost me 7.99 for the line, and everything else was scrap at work.I use 24 oz soda bottles to wrap the lines up and put them in a seperate bag. to make real nice weights we used a smelting spoon, heated the lead up with a torch and inset a peice of romex (in the shape of a u).now you can wrap the decoy weight around the soada bottles to keep them neat.Ghetto tech works, and is much cheaper than commercially available items.

  5. 6 dan bacon December 20, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    i used the black stuff, by the time the ducks see the stuff its way too late anyways.If you wanted the super heavy mono looks like it would be harder to see.

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