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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-21-2019, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Monofilament vs Tangle-free

I need to re-rig some of my decoys and I was thinking about switching to clear monofilament. The black tangle free line that Iím using now is easily seen in clear water and I often wonder if that causes birds to not commit. Anyone using clear mono on their decoys, and if so, any opinions?
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I had been using black tip-up line never noticed the birds flaring from the line(if the ducks are that close they should be dead) but I changed over to 65 lb test Berkley braid in green. I pick it up cheap at a flea market put it on my musky outfit and still had enough left to do my decoys(about 30) with app. 6' drops.

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I use Tangle free in green or black. I never saw any reason to believe the ducks could see it. It is thicker and I think much easier to handle in cold wet weather than mono or weed wacker line.
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I mostly use the black tangle free line ... them seeing that line and flaring off it is way down the list of things i'm worrying about.

If I was to use something like mono or fluro - I'd want it as thick as I could just to make it easier to handle and less likely to tangle or knot. I have a few that still have some old decoy string on them there's knots in all those lines.
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I use this stuff for my long lines. It would probably work great for decoy line.



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Iím not concerned so much about birds flaring once committed as much as not being able to even get them turned and interested. Sometimes birds will pass on by and not even give a second look, so I was wondering if maybe they were seeing the lines in really clear shallow water. Iím pretty far down in the SE corner of the state and the ducks have probably seen quite a few spreads by the time they get to me. From what everyone is saying though, it sounds like itís not worth making the switch.
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Where are you hunting with water that clear? Somebody's swimming pool?
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Send the dog out and stir up the mud in the water a little bit....feeding ducks likely are not sitting in perfectly clear water - as they are looking for food on the bottom, stirring up mud.
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Iím not concerned so much about birds flaring once committed as much as not being able to even get them turned and interested. Sometimes birds will pass on by and not even give a second look, so I was wondering if maybe they were seeing the lines in really clear shallow water.
Sometimes its not anything you're doing wrong or anything they're seeing - sometimes its just that there's other places they'd rather be or were headed. Especially if they don't even look at you & just keep on going without breaking a wing beat.
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Sometimes its not anything you're doing wrong or anything they're seeing - sometimes its just that there's other places they'd rather be or were headed. Especially if they don't even look at you & just keep on going without breaking a wing beat.
Yep, thatís likely the case. I was just doing some thinking about what I could do to tweak my my game to make the most of the few times I can get out. Thanks.
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