mgerlach wrote:i personally run a redbone and have never tried a riceland. but as crazy as it may sound, with some practice flextones predator call can make some really good speck sounds and there only like 12 bucks.
That's not crazy at all, as most hunters probably still use "speck" calls that were originally marketed as "predator" calls or close replications thereof. Olt predator calls may well have been the first really good speck calls and a huge step up from the Faulks with metal squeak toy reeds. And the "predator" connection was so strong that when Olt tried to market the same call with a different colored insert and "specklebelly" stamped on the barrel many argued loud and long that the Olt "speck" call wasn't as good as their "predator" call. One of the names that's bound to pop up on speck call threads is the venerable Chien Caille - originally an Olt predator call a fellow with that nick name (meaning "spotted dog") put a thicker, louder homemade reed in and which his friend, Mervis Saltzman, made the next big name in speck calls. The original Olt and its CC variation little doubt remain the most popular speck calls here in Southwest Louisiana, with the latest popular twist on that Olt predator call being home-cobbled reeds made of Haydel DR-85 top reeds.
On a personal note, while also auditioning every "speck" call I could get my hands on, I did most of my speck calling with a $3 clearance sale Thomas predator call until infirmity forced its retirement after 18 seasons:
And I'll make no bones about favoring the RNT because its working dimensions so closely resemble, or duplicate(?), my favorite predator calls. When one of the first poly RNT speck calls came my way, the two "more advanced" and acrylic, then-current darlings of the speck calling world that I was then using went in the classifieds before that inexpensive poly's first season afield ended.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.