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- Nov 25, 2002
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- Klondike, Louisiana
Can't remember the name of the double reed that only lasted a couple of years, but that sucker had real "pop" if you hit it like a cutdown.
Made me look, and I see Upperduck is still carrying Double Js. (Didn't google beyond that first quick hit.)
In the "Way back when..." Gardner had his RNT deal, Jim sent me what he called a "Louisiana sound," IE: double-reeded, version of whatever their single poly was then called, and it bumped the Duck Commander Cutdown Reachers I'd been hunting with. Then, when John had taken the RNT reins and they started selling poly J-frames, Jim stuck a second reed in one for me. Those two polys ran and sounded the same until the second was tuned higher to compliment, rather than parrot, the first, so I assumed the two from the same mold until someone on a message board suggested otherwise. (Have kept the first for nostalgic reasons but had long since passed the second to a young guide when I read that and haven't been curious enough to buy another for close comparison.)
Regardless, my hunters killed thousands of birds over that double-reeded poly pair, albeit in the late '90s and early 2000s, when Louisiana's kill was at its modern peak. And I'd be quite surprised to learn we'd not have done as well or better over a single-reed poly J-frame, had I then run the single-reed enough to take full advantage of it's inherently greater pitch range and develop the same confidence in my operation of it.