Introduction: How to Rig Your Own Duck Decoys (The Best Way) DIY
Over the years we have been waterfowl hunting, we’ve tried countless different ways to rig our decoys, but we’ve only found one way that stood out as a better than the rest. We’ve tried thick and thin line. We’ve tried swivels, clips, etc. to attach the line to the decoys. We’ve tried pre rigged decoys. We’ve tried just about every different option out there, and THIS way is simply the best way. To help y’all out, we’ve written up a how-to to go along with the video above, we hope this helps you on your next hunt!
Materials Needed- 400# Test Monofilament Line, 2.2MM Crimps, Crimping Tool, Fishing Line Weights, Scissors, Duck Decoys
- First things first, uncoil a few feet of line from your 400 pound test mono line roll (the length of line you’ll need per decoy is dependent on the water depth that you’ll be hunting) and cut it to your desired length. Before making your cut, add another foot or two to take into account the loops we’ll need to rig the decoy itself.
- We’ll first start by finishing the weight side of the rig. All you’ll need for this piece is your fishing line, crimp, weight, and one end of your recently cut line.
- Feed your line through one side of the crimp, then through the weight’s loop. Once through the loop, bring your line through the other side of your crimp and clamp the crimp shut firmly. This should leave your weight loop very small (only as small as needed to go through the weight and back to the crimp) and cut off any excess line on the other side of your crimp.
- Now for the decoy.
- Gather your decoy, another crimp, and the other end of the line you just tied to your weight to.
- You’ll first slide your line through your decoy, choosing the desired keel hole based on which way you want the decoy facing. We like to use decoys/keels with multiple hole options, this adds realism to our spread allowing the decoys to be facing all which ways depending on current.
- Once your line is through the keel, now slide it through your crimp.
- After your crimp is on your line, it’s time to make the loop, which will ensure your decoy stays attached to the line without actually being attached. This allows for your decoy to move more freely in the current or wind adding realism to your spread, as well as allowing for extremely quick set up and pick up.
- To create this strong loop, watch the video demo above to get a visual, but you will essentially weave the line around itself roughly four times to double the strength and thickness of the line.
- Once your loops is complete, now it’s time to feed the end of your line through the other side of the crimp and tightly clamp this crimp down as well (clip off any excess line).
- Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to hunt! Attach the larger loop we just made to a carabineer. You can attach quite a few decoys to one carabineer, which makes for easy transportation, set up, and clean up!