Duck Calls: Single Or Double-reed?

When you in the market for a brand-new JJ Lares call, you might realize that there are a lot of choices. Most calls are the same but come in different colors and shapes. The one big difference between some duck calls is the reed. The reed is the part that makes the noise in the duck call. This piece will vibrate with the current of air and produce a sound.

Duck calls can either be single or double-reed. There is a difference between the two.

Single reed

Single-reed JJ Lares duck calls are more versatile than double-reed. They have a wider range of sound, but they are more difficult to master. If you take the time to master this style, you will have better, more realistic sounds than the double-reed. Single reed also has the ability to produce softer calls to change the variation of pitch. While this style is capably of doing this, the hunter must practice achieving this level of control over the call. Not everyone can easily get a single reed call to sound natural to the ducks so that might be where the double-reed comes in.


Double-reed duck calls are easier to use. Double-reed JJ Lares calls require more air to blow. They don’t have as wide a range as single-reed models. Double-reed calls have a “sweet spot” that sounds the most realistic to ducks that single-reeds don’t have, but double-reeds generally aren’t as realistic as single-reed. An issue that can arise with the double-reed is moisture getting in and disrupting the sound that is produced by the two reeds. The double-reed needs to vibrate against each other to produce sound and the wetness can make them stick together. This can produce a dull buzzing sound. Going for a better-quality double-reed duck call can fix this issue.