Rigging Cords and Weights
After a busy waterfowl season
, some decoys may be missing lines and weights. Others may have lines badly knotted or tangled. Now is a good time to fix these problems as well as rig any new decoys you will add to your spread.
Bourne has tried rigging decoys many different ways, but he prefers using tarred nylon decoy line and lead weights. He rigs two sets of decoys each season: one for shallow water and one for deep water. He uses several feet of line and 12-ounce neck-ring weights on deep-water decoys and shorter cords and five-ounce strap weights for shallow-water decoys. He uses slipknots to tie the lines to the weights and decoy keels.
Devoting a little time to your decoys now will make your spread more effective when hunting season returns. Also, fixing up your old decoys is much cheaper than buying new ones. Best of all, it's a great way to pass time with family and friends while waiting for opening day.