Many Jerk Strings consist of an anchor or pole, line, cord, bungee, and swivels. As an option, decoy spreaders are sometimes used to increase the number of decoys while providing a more realistic spread.

Jerk String
Jerk String

Jerk String with Decoy Spreaders
Traditional jerk strings generally have a few decoys attached and move in a straight line one behind the other. Using decoy spreaders, you can attach two to four decoys perpendicular to each attaching location on your jerk string.  This means you can add a dozen or more decoys to one line.  This looks more natural as it expands the area of "wave making" and the number of decoys moving.

Jerk String Decoy Spreader

Jerk String with a Decoy Spreader

Pros of Jerk Strings…
• Don’t have to rely on wind or electrical/battery power to operate
• Operate without a remote
• Control when there is motion or when there in not motion
• Determine the amount of motion, whether a gentle shake or full swim
• Use with decoys in your current spread
• One of the least expensive options
• Easy to use
• Creates lifelike decoy movement

Cons of Jerk Strings… • Must have sufficient water and depth
• Requires muscle versus mechanical
• Unless well hid, hunter motion can spook ducks
• Hunters and/or Hunting dogs can get caught up in the string

Click on the different types of decoys below for more information:
Motion Duck Decoys
Decoy Flags

Flapping Wing Decoys
Spinning Wing Decoys
Swimming Decoys
Here is a Bullet on Jerk Strings from The DuckMechanic: Jerk Strings are a less expensive and proven method of creating decoy motion.  If used properly or in combination with Spreaders, they mimic live duck motions, create ripples, and can, in shallow water stir up the bottom just as real ducks do when feeding.  I use one jerk string/spreader in combination with other motion, floating, and full body decoys. If you would like to know more or have something you would like to add please Take Your Shot and Leave Your Insights:

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