Build Your Own Jerk String

Build Your Own Jerk String

Waterfowl of all shapes and sizes are attracted to movement.  A duck swimming through the water is as natural as it gets. If you want to bring this movement into your spread you can build your self Jerk Lines simply and inexpensively at home this summer. You just need a few simple materials; decoy line, four to six decoys, an anchor, a bungee cord and

long line clips
Long Line clips attached to swivels will make this project a breeze.long line snap swivels.












The Main Line

ropeUse decoy line or a dark-colored braided nylon cord. How much line you will need depends on the distance of your blind to your decoy spread. A good starting length is 100 feet—you can always tie on more line.  Just make sure that the line sinks in the water and does not float on top of it.

The Anchor

anchorYour jerk string must be securely anchored to the bottom or you may end up pulling your decoys right into your blind. You can use a small boat anchor, a coffee can filled with concrete, or any heavy object that you think will do the job. Another anchoring method in shallow water is to sink a metal rod into the bottom of the marsh.

Putting It Together

Attach one end of the bungee cord to the anchor and attach the other end to the decoy line. The bungee cord stretches when you pull the line and retracts to bring the decoys back to their original position, creating movement and ripples.

Bungee to anchor
I like to wrap the metal from the bungee around my carabiner and then secure it with wax thread, for extra security.

Estimate how close your blind is to the first decoy in your spread. That’s where you want to attach the first snap swivel on the jerk string. Space the other swivels at intervals of your choice. Usually hunters space them three to 10 feet apart. Attach the swivels to the keel on each decoy, which helps keep the line from getting twisted and tangled.Line attachment

Test your rig at a nearby pond this summer and see how it works, and then make any necessary modifications. By the time the season comes around you should have a good feel for how to use one of the most effective decoy tools known to waterfowlers. And best of all, you put it together yourself.

Steve Sheetz

Steve is an avid outdoorsman who has been fortunate enough to publish two books on archery hunting. His first book, For the Love of the Hunt, was published in 2011. His second book, Wading Through the Darkness was published in 2015. Steve sits on numerous Pro Staffs throughout the archery industry. For almost a decade Steve helped build but wanted the opportunity to build something bigger and better and launched in December of 2014 as a way to share his love and passion for the outdoors. Today Chasin'Whitetails Media is growing. With the addition of the radio show in 2014 and a The Heartbeat TV show in 2015, who knows what will come his way next. When it comes to understanding the movement and logic of the urban whitetail and waterfowl, he is more than just a Ph.D. with a love of the outdoors. He is a self-proclaimed expert who loves to engage and teach others about the sport he loves so very much. Spending over 125 days a year in the big city woods and urban waterways chasing all types of game.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Close Menu