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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-11-2016, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Small Review on the Sharpes Wading Staff

I just purchased a Sharpes wading staff from Poppy at the Red Shed. I've been wanting one for a while but could only find them in the UK where they are made and the shipping is as much as the staff. I got mine from Poppy for $100 with free shipping.
The staff is very heavy any appears to be made from a metal tube which is plastic coated in black. It has a rubber grip on the handle and a quick release clip for a lanyard which is supplied. The tip on the business end, which is weighted has a walking stick rubber tip protector. Printed along the shaft is a scale that estimates the weight of a fish from its length, presumably this is estimated for Atlantic Salmon.
The synthetic lanyard is designed to go over your shoulder so you can let the staff dangle when two handed casting. The weighted tip keeps the staff from drifting downstream from you and makes sure the handle is always within reach. There is a small rubber ring on the shaft and as I discovered this goes over the end of the quick release clip to ensure the Staff and lanyard do not part company too easily as I discovered. The staff will sink!

It is a very well made heavy duty wading staff that should last many years. I've given up on floating wooden staffs for ever now even though they have a carved figure head and look very pretty.

Not that it's much use to me, but the top of the handle has a screw in rubber button and I'm betting that you could screw in a gaff hook in there if you wanted.

I would throughly recommend this staff and give it five stars. I don't normally use one, but over here on the west coast the weather is so warm the green algae has grown everywhere in the slower warmer water and it makes wading dangerous.

PS the only improvement I would like is to be able to unscrew the rubber button and to be able to store a dram or six of my favorite whiskey just like some ski poles used to do!

I'll put up a few pictures if anyone wishes to see some boring pictures of a stick!
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Good review! I have been using mine for 5 years on the Salmon River, N.Y. and it is still going strong. I only have to replace the cane tip occasionally as I spend 150+ days a year on the water. I made a harness system for it if you are interested.
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Also a fan of the Sharpes. While some seem to dislike the heavy weight and the sling system, I've found them advantageous compared to a light staff that floats all over the place and gets in the way. To each his own of course--whatever works for you is what you should use.
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Also a fan of the Sharpes. While some seem to dislike the heavy weight and the sling system, I've found them advantageous compared to a light staff that floats all over the place and gets in the way. To each his own of course--whatever works for you is what you should use.

I have had the Sharpes for several years using it for steelheading. Bought a new Simms this year for trout and had it out yesterday for steelhead, and just as you say, it got tangled in running line a few times and in the way a few others. Nice stuff, but I still prefer the Sharpes that just stays out of the way until you need it.
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The synthetic lanyard is designed to go over your shoulder so you can let the staff dangle when two handed casting.
I assume that the lanyard is clipped to the front of your belt, and dangles over your shoulder with the staff riding your back. You just reach up to access the handle when you need it ?

I've seen a few wet fly trout fisherman in PA with hand made wooden staffs (very light) use the same technique. Sounds like a good system.
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I assume that the lanyard is clipped to the front of your belt, and dangles over your shoulder with the staff riding your back. You just reach up to access the handle when you need it ?



I've seen a few wet fly trout fisherman in PA with hand made wooden staffs (very light) use the same technique. Sounds like a good system.


The Staff does not come with any hints on its use, but the loop at the end of the lanyard is very large and I'm thinking it is designed to go over your shoulder, well, it works well for me like that. The handle always seems to be right under my hand within easy reach and the weight keeps it from floating away. What confused me was the supplied rubber ring under the clip. The lanyard is attached to the staff under the clip by a small metal ring. As I found out nearly to the cost of losing my new "stick" it can very easily slip out. When the rubber ring is stretched and put over the end of the lanyard clip it is very secure, but a good tug in a emergency situation would allow one to release the staff from being attached to you.
A great well thought out wading staff.
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Was wondering if you've christened it yet and what your overall impression is if you have............
Considering one myself since I recently broke a couple of ribs and will likely need a third leg once able to get out.
I've managed to fold a couple of Teki's......... Maybe because I slipped when the tips were wedged down in the rocks....... Want something stouter and doesn't drift......


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Bob, yes I've been using it for a week both on the Rouge and the Klamath. Both rivers have round River Rock about the size of your fist and this time of he year have a lot of algae.
It's everything I would want in a wading staff, its heavy and does not float away. When the leash is worn over the correct shoulder the handle always seems to be in the right position to grab in a hurry. It's so strong I just don't see how I, who weighs two hundred pounds, could bend or break it.
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I've had a Sharps staff for about 19 years, use it for big rivers as the bottom weight system is very stable on fast water. Drop it in and it hugs the bottom. Doesn't float behind you but stays put when you let it go. For small streams I use the collapsible Simms but there is nothing like the Sharps for absolute stability. It is so well built I think I could take a round out of a bear with it.
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Barry,
Thanks for the much appreciated response and report ! It appeared to be stout and strong..... Given what's recently happened, other ailments, my age, and being 6'3" and just over 2 bucks myself, it's been a little though growing concern given a couple of past experiences in some of the fishier boulder gardens I prefer to haunt/hunt.
It may also provide a bit of reassurance for my bride of many years, possibly ease her worrying about me so much and get her off my tail feathers for a while........ 👍👍

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I'm placing the call to Poppy tomorrow....
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Speyman1 and others who are buying the Sharpes Wading Staff : if you check the bottom of the first page of this post you can see photos of how I rig my staff. I've carried it this way for 6 years and its still going strong!
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The sling of a Sharpes staff indeed go's over the head and shoulders of the angler.Now to get it just right in setting it up,when you reach out with your arm and hand,the staff should fall easily and within your grasp every single time.Then when you want it,when you really really want it,its right there where it should be,not waving about out of reach or floating about below you in the current!.Think about that last bit!,it might save your life!
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Speyman1 and others who are buying the Sharpes Wading Staff : if you check the bottom of the first page of this post you can see photos of how I rig my staff. I've carried it this way for 6 years and its still going strong!
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Looks good to me, much the same as the supplied Sharpes hardware. It's essential to use the rubber ring over the clip. Yours looks more substantial than the Sharpes leash, but remember if you fall in and get hung up on the leash you might want it to break free.
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Barry,

Thanks for the much appreciated response and report ! It appeared to be stout and strong..... Given what's recently happened, other ailments, my age, and being 6'3" and just over 2 bucks myself, it's been a little though growing concern given a couple of past experiences in some of the fishier boulder gardens I prefer to haunt/hunt.

It may also provide a bit of reassurance for my bride of many years, possibly ease her worrying about me so much and get her off my tail feathers for a while........



Thanks again,



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I'm placing the call to Poppy tomorrow....


BUY ONE! You will not regret it!!!!
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I fish the Deschutes often and use a trekking staff with a carbide tip. The carbide tip sticks to the basalt whereas wood wading staffs I've used slip on the rocks and are more dangerous than no staff at all. I have never used a staff with a rubber tip. Has anyone waded the Deschutes with a rubber tipped wading staff and how did it work?
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