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#6619516 - 01/06/17 12:02 PM Restringing decoys
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I had to give up on Ace weed trimmer line. It's still my favorite but they went up to $9.00 per 100 feet. I switched to Gray Huskvarna line .105 thickness. 680 feet for $34 dollars. I found these snap swivels at Tackle Town 100 count for $41 bucks. I think the 5 oz claw weights will do the trick.


Edited by wal1809 (01/06/17 12:03 PM)
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#6619520 - 01/06/17 12:04 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I had to give up on Ace weed trimmer line. It's still my favorite but they went up to $9.00 per 100 feet. I switched to Gray Huskvarna line .105 thickness. 680 feet for $34 dollars. I found these snap swivels at Tackle Town 100 count for r1 bucks. I think the 5 oz claw weights will do the trick.


I thought everybody used either the braided line or 300-400lb mono. Never thought of using weedeater string. Any benefit to it over the mono? Cheaper? Same thing? ??

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#6619568 - 01/06/17 12:30 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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I just never liked the mono line.
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#6619643 - 01/06/17 01:12 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I just never liked the mono line.


Serious question, since you know a helluva lot more than I do. What don't you like about it and what does the weedeater string do for you that you DO like?

I just re-strung my decoys with Magnum braided line because the mono didn't want to stay out of sight in shallower water. It doesn't stay wrapped very well. What I don't like about the braided line is it gets tangled up way more easily when you're carrying decoys on a carabiner.

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#6619715 - 01/06/17 01:56 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Does the Gray Huskvarna line have alot of memory?

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#6620026 - 01/06/17 05:07 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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I like the lifetime decoy lines. They work great for me.
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#6620190 - 01/06/17 06:18 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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I don't allow mine to get memory. I hang them on the cage of the airboat. Off season they hang in the barn by the loops,on the d ring.

The weed eater string really boils down to preference. The first experience I had with 400 lb mono it was all trashed, had kinks and all that (not at all the fault of the line). I started looking and found Ave hardware .095 string the best for me. It was cheap and I could buy a big roll.

Fast forward to now. The 4 oz bank sinker weights just didn't cut it hunting the big bay. I also started with 4 foot of line which in the end made them 3.5 foot or so. In 2 foot of water that angle of the line in choppy water made the creeping decoy problem that much worse. I also was not using barrel swivel snaps.

I went to Ace and they have gone ape s*** crazy on there line prices. Lowes had 680 feet of .105 (thicker) line for $34 after tax. So I went with that.

I set up 2 big nails on my work bench and wrapped the line between the nails. When I had 100 wraps I put a wire tie near both ends and then cut the wrapped line at both nails. The wire tie helps keep it from bird nesting. Then my wife and I just made an assembly line. I made these lines 5.5 feet.

With the extra lead and the claw shape and longer lines, I doubt I will have a problem.


Edited by wal1809 (01/07/17 06:47 AM)
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#6620339 - 01/06/17 07:31 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Wayne single handedly drove up the price of the Ace line.
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#6620381 - 01/06/17 07:57 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
Kilo11 Offline
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Originally Posted By: wal1809
I don't allow mine to get memory. I hang them on the cage of the airboat. Off season they hang in the barn by the loops,on the d ring.

The weed eater string really boils down to preference. The first experience I had with 400 lb mono it was all trashed, had links and all that (not at all the fault of the line). I started looking and found Ave hardware .095 string the best for me. It was cheap and I could buy a big roll.

Fast forward to now. The 4 oz bank sinker weights just didn't cut it hunting the big bay. I also started with 4 foot of line which in the end made them 3.5 foot or so. In 2 foot of water that angle of the line in choppy water made the creeping decoy problem that much worse. I also was not using barrel swivel snaps.

I went to Ace and they have gone ape s*** crazy on there line prices. Lowes had 680 feet of .105 (thicker) line for $34 after tax. So I went with that.

I set up 2 big nails on my work bench and wrapped the line between the nails. When I had 100 wraps I put a wire tie near both ends and then cut the wrapped line at both nails. The wire tie helps keep it from bird nesting. Then my wife and I just made an assembly line. I made these lines 5.5 feet.

With the extra lead and the claw shape and longer lines, I doubt I will have a problem.


Thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind next time I restring mine. Seriously, I appreciate the time it took to type that lengthy reply.

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#6620382 - 01/06/17 07:58 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: Fooshman]
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Originally Posted By: Fooshman
Wayne single handedly drove up the price of the Ace line.


You are correct. I seem to restring my deeks, a lot. I am very particular about decoys, decoy placement etc.


Edited by wal1809 (01/06/17 07:59 PM)
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#6620392 - 01/06/17 08:10 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Nice looking strings Wal. I love Tackle Town! Go there on every vacation.

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#6620505 - 01/06/17 09:22 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: Charlie817]
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Originally Posted By: Charlie817
Nice looking strings Wal. I love Tackle Town! Go there on every vacation.


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#6620771 - 01/07/17 06:49 AM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: Kilo11]
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Originally Posted By: Kilo11
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I just never liked the mono line.


Serious question, since you know a helluva lot more than I do. What don't you like about it and what does the weedeater string do for you that you DO like?

I just re-strung my decoys with Magnum braided line because the mono didn't want to stay out of sight in shallower water. It doesn't stay wrapped very well. What I don't like about the braided line is it gets tangled up way more easily when you're carrying decoys on a carabiner.


How do you get the braided line to slide through the decoy after you throw it and the decoy hits the water? I am thinking it would tangle and not slide through.
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#6621163 - 01/07/17 12:37 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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I'm gonna look into the price of that PVC coated cable next time I have to string up.
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#6621224 - 01/07/17 01:32 PM Re: Restringing decoys [Re: wal1809]
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Dave 4 the record of comparison the weed trimmer line was $0.20 per foot.
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