Wading staff; what are you using? - Spey Pages
View Poll Results: Your wading staff is:
Folstaff 31 22.30%
Simms 53 38.13%
Orvis 3 2.16%
Fishpond 3 2.16%
Other; please post 54 38.85%
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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-02-2015, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wading staff; what are you using?

Just curious what folks are using for a wading staff. (Assume that grabbing a stick from shore isn't an option.)

Some that I've researched; Simms, Orvis, Folstaff, Fishpond

Likes or dislikes and would you buy it again? I'm not opposed to spending a Franklin on it as long as it lasts.


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Tip goes in the water before I do; walking cane is a good thing.

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An old Chouinard extendible ski pole, attached by way of bungee cord. I can either throw it over my right shoulder (cross chest), or just let it drag. Sometimes, I'll click it to the magnet attached to the X in the back of my wader suspenders.

Sometimes, I'll just grab a long enough stick streamside, and make do.

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My vote goes to the Folstaff.
Very stable, no wobble like some other brands on the poll list
It folds up nicely into the holster and the lanyard is a perfect length to tie off to my wading belt while at rest or in use. Actually has a hard time coming apart to fold away, but a quick tap on a rock and it can be pulled apart without struggle. It also comes in big boy size - 58" tall.
I never go to the river without it

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I use a Sharpes staff for steelhead.
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I don't carry a wading staff, but the new Simms one feels pretty sturdy. If I come to water that looks sketchy, I usually just grab a beefy stick, pull the Mora off my belt and sharpen it up a bit. The best impromptu wading staff I've ever used was a six foot piece of 1-1/4" steel pipe that I found on the bank of the river, plenty of ballast to help keep me planted when the water came up a foot while I was up river and plenty strong to support my 260ish pounds when I leaned on it
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wading staffs

I have made several, they are quite easy to make, My favorite is from the upper part of a past Xmas tree. I like solid wood but light weight. You have to fish with them for a while to figure out which shoulder, depending on currents.that keeps the staff pinned to you. I think most people attach them to their waist. I use a sliding ring on a valcro strap that keeps my wader suspenders from falling off my shoulders. For me a little shorter is better I have tried both. At 72, a staff is not an option, I find it many time more useful going down or coming up steep rocky banks. You can add a removable or retractable hook on one end to lower you down or pull you back up a slippery bank. Ya they take a while to get use to, but if you stay with it, you wont leave home with out it. slack
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Wading Staff

I have a Speyco aluminum one piece and a collapsible Simms. The Speyco would be for tougher wading and the Simms for most anything else. I don't use either that much but have them if I do find the need.
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I used the Simms one that collapses into a holster and have for the past couple seasons. I only carry on a couple summer rivers I fish and then only use it on certain runs. It has worked very well for me so far.
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My wading staff was made from a piece of spar varnished 1" mahogany rod, a bike grip for the handle, a crutch tip on the foot, and a parachute cord lanyard. Mine floats.
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You want a pound (give or take) of lead sheeting on the bottom of that.

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My wading staff was made from a piece of spar varnished 1" mahogany rod, a bike grip for the handle, a crutch tip on the foot, and a parachute cord lanyard. Mine floats.
Just my .02 cents but you want the working end of your staff anchored on the bottom of the river. Float away, if you're old like me, is not something you want.

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When I wade it is always with the aid of a wading stick. Mine is split cane which was made by Sharpes of Aberdeen several decades ago. It is a good friend and has saved me many times😗. I have a similar spare😊

May you fish interesting pools.
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I have been using a "Sharpes of Alberdeen" wading staff for the past 5 years that I bought at the Red Shed from Poppy. Its a solid one piece with weighted lower end. Solid as a rock!

I made a harness for it from a Cabela's wading belt, a 15" dog leash and a couple of universal swivels. Sling it over my shoulder and carry it always at the ready!
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Sharpes that I bought from Poppy.
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I just use a branch and then toss it away when Im done.
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