Product Review On Torg Inc’s Telescoping Poles For Motion Decoys
By Dan Wennerlind
One of the great things about our country is that the next best invention is only an idea away. As die hard waterfowlers we all have had a great idea sitting in the duck blind on the “tough days” to turn around a slow day of hunting.
The guys at Torg Inc did just that. Have you ever been excited to throw out a couple robo ducks, as we like to call them, in the spread only to find out that the water is too deep for the 3 ft poles that come from the manufacturer. I know I have.
New for the 2015 waterfowl hunting season, Torg Inc came out with their new line of Telescoping Poles for motion decoys. We actually had a chance to field test the product and were very impressed.
On the lake we hunt, the water depth drops off quick and after about 10 feet off shore the lakes run 6 – 10 feet across the entire basin. This factor has limited the use of motion decoys on our lake for years. After seeing the new Telescoping Decoy Poles first hand at a recent trade show, the light went on. This could be a total game changer for us, as we would be the only ones on our lake with the ability to use spinning wing motion decoys. I’m sure we are not the only ones running into this exact situation.
However this was a great idea in theory, but what happens in the field isn’t always what is thought to be on paper. We had to get these things in the water to truly test the functionality and productivity of the poles.
The first thing I really liked about the pole design was that they are universal for any type of spinning wing decoy and they have the locking pin to assure, worse case, you don’t lose your expensive decoy if the wind were to blow over the pole or the bottom was too mucky to hold. So thus we felt comfortable setting up 3 of the spinning wing decoys on our trial run, knowing that if we were to lose one in the 6 – 8 ft waters it was surely never to be seen again.
Upon set up on the lake, the second aspect of the poles we really liked was the ease of setting the depth. As the title states they are telescoping poles, reaching up to 10 feet in depth. It literally took less than 20 seconds to set the proper depth for the lake we were hunting.
And finally the true test, how well would the pole hold to the bottom of the lake. On our particular lake, most of the bottom is rock hard sand and gravel, but there is an area on the east bay, that is completely mud and muck. After several uses of the poles we found that with the flat bracket design at the bottom of the pole there was actually no way for the pole to tip over. This was the real test as we hunted several days where the winds were light and variable to start the hunt but picked up throughout the day reaching 15 – 18 mph. The poles and decoys held up great. By the end of the 2015 waterfowl hunting season we were more than satisfied with the new Torgue Inc Motion Decoy Poles for any lake or marsh reaching depths up to 10 feet deep. We were able to pull in many flocks of ducks from the skies above that would never have given us a second look. The next plan is to try the variable heights of the telescoping poles on wary late season Mallards in the grain fields. Until then….