Cost-effective DIY Long Line

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What’s the best way to go about this? Is it better to go to Home Depot or Wal-Mart for everything? Or should there be an online order from a waterfowl company involved? Not hunting saltwater, just a lake. No dog, so no worries about tangling in drop lines. Water may be anywhere from 30’ to <1’ deep.

Something I especially need help with is how to make the drops. Figured I should mention that at this point (in case the weight difference requires a different system), I’m thinking of running tarred milk jugs on long lines more than actual decoys, but I want to be able to do either. I have collected quite a few jugs, and will have all the more by the time season rolls around.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Nearest actual bait and tackle shop should have limbline string trotline clips and swivels. Then make or find your own anchors.
 

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Walmart has everything you'd need. Trotline stuff. They had green line last I looked.
These may come in handy.
Walmart has em.
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I'd use tangle free plastic line on drops and rig it like a trotline. Pull decoys off long line to store
 

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1/4 inch camo rope from Walmart works great for the main line. 50 ft for about $4.
 

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What’s the best way to go about this? Is it better to go to Home Depot or Wal-Mart for everything? Or should there be an online order from a waterfowl company involved? Not hunting saltwater, just a lake. No dog, so no worries about tangling in drop lines. Water may be anywhere from 30’ to <1’ deep.

Something I especially need help with is how to make the drops. Figured I should mention that at this point (in case the weight difference requires a different system), I’m thinking of running tarred milk jugs on long lines more than actual decoys, but I want to be able to do either. I have collected quite a few jugs, and will have all the more by the time season rolls around.

Thanks in advance!
Rig em right mainline, butterfly or figure 8 knots spaced out, and small caribiners (10/$11 on Amazon) with 1 or 2 anchors on each (academy has inexpensive lead anchor options) 8”-18” drops on your decoys. That how I set out between 2 - 15 ducks/geese per line/anchor. These are the best pictures I have for now.
https://www.rogerssportinggoods.com...MI_aCv4O-d8gIVtHxvBB1hswasEAQYAyABEgIJzfD_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/Sprookber-Al...ds=carabiner&qid=1628303562&sr=8-4&th=1&psc=1

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/magellan-outdoors-15-lbs-folding-grapple-anchor?sku=1-5-lbs


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For diver rigs I use about 40 yards of tarred twine for the mainline, and wrap it on a cuban reel. 5 lb rock cod weights with double-snap swivels on the ends. On the dropper I'm using catfish trotline clips (I used long-line snaps for a while, but they proved to be overkill and hurt my hands).
This rig is easy to handle alone or around the layout when I find company. To put out, toss one weight at the bank and as the boat blows add 12-18 decoys as far as I care to shoot, then use the deep weight and move the boat to position the string. It lets me pick up by grabbing the downwind decoy, removing the weight and winding the line on the spool, bagging each decoy as I go up the line.
 

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Any preferences for what to use (or not to use) as a spool for the line?). Thinking of using the simple spool that people use for outdoor extension cords.

Somehow I had the impression that long lines were always the better part of 100 yards long. But evidently that’s not necessary with inland applications.
 

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Any preferences for what to use (or not to use) as a spool for the line?). Thinking of using the simple spool that people use for outdoor extension cords.

Somehow I had the impression that long lines were always the better part of 100 yards long. But evidently that’s not necessary with inland applications.
Wrap around 1”-1.5” pvc, or make an “H” out of 1” pvc about 12” long. Cord reel may work too.
 

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Targeting divers or puddlers? Same location or ability to pick up and move. I looked at doing the same thing when I had a season long blind. Water in front of blind was 25 ft deep. I tried the loneliness and didn't like it. Always tangled, unnatural looking spread. Ended up doing 100lb mono for each. Mostly puddlers. Just a thought to consider.
 

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