Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
Ditto here. I only started fly fishing last year but I use one. Yes, it is one that folds up but it works. Seriously, it does.
I was on a stream last December on a very rainy day. Being a noob, as well as an idiot, I wandered into the stream without the staff. No problem going across at all. Four hours later, I crossed in the same spot to go back.
Ain't it great being dumb??
The water was A LOT higher and faster than it was earlier. I wandered right into the middle of the stream like a true idiot and was immediately stuck. The stream was WIDER. The stream was FASTER. The stream was HIGHER. And everywhere I out my foot in a 360-degree area was too dang deep.
Of course, there wasn't anybody around. I don't think I was ever so scared in my life. It took me 15-20 minutes to walk 20-25 feet. It took all I could not to go mad, I swear. Well, maybe not but my heart sure was pumping hard.
Once I go across, the second thing I did was RUN to the car to get the walking staff.
What did I do first? Kiss the big old rock I was able to climb onto to get out of that mess.
Now I never go anywhere without it.
I do have a question, where/how do you hang the darn thing on you so it is not in the way all the time?
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” –Henry David Thoreau