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Old 02-18-2013, 08:56 PM
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I have one of the thinner folstaffs and it works fine for trout fishing in mountain streams. I rarely wade deep and footing is good most of the time, and I can pull it out of the holster when I run into tricky spots.

Steelheading is a different story. Rivers are bigger, footing is boulders covered with rock snot, and it is colder later in the year. I tried my folstaff and thought I was going to break it in half. At times it seemed it bowed about 6" off center. Fred was right, it is not as long so it seemed like I was reaching with it all of the time. It also floated which was a pain because my line was getting caught up in it. I bought a Sharpes of Aberdeen from the Red Shed fly shop and it has solved all of my problems. It is long and easy to wade with, the bottom is rubber and not metal (metal slides around on rocks), and it sinks out of sight when I am casting. Plus, it was cheaper than the heavy duty Folstaff.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:48 AM
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I am 63 and was given an inexpensive wading staff that was purchased from Sportsman's Warehouse that cost around $20, which is most likely the same one that you would find at Cabelas or Bass Pro.

I don't use it that often but it is nice to have when needed. I fish mostly small streams and use it primarily if I am crossing deeper faster water in the spring. It collapses and fits into a holster and is made out of metal. The fact that it is made out of metal does not seem to present any kind of noise factor as far as I can tell.

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I always use a wading staff due to to many ankle injuries from a now defunct soccer passion. I have learned that the bungie cord collapsible types are worthless in many of the streams I fish because of the silty sediment stream bottoms. The muck tends to hold on to the wading staff and when you try to pull the staff out the tip stays in the muck and as you apply more stregnth to pull out the tip all you do is stretch the bungie cord more and the tip stays stuck. I use a cheap ski pole or a cheap hiking staff. I hook the staff to a 3 foot bungie cord to my vest and let it dangle behind me while I fish. It does get tangled in my fly line upon occasion but I have developed some techniques to keep the line and staff from tangling.
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Hi caribe,

Welcome to the forum! When you get into the muck and have the problem you describe there's a technique for this. I quickly learned exactly what you have written and developed the habit of wiggling the staff forward and aft prior to lifting for the next plant. The same thing can happen when you get stuck between 2 rocks and the wiggle seems to work there too so don't throw the Folstaff away

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I always use a wading staff due to to many ankle injuries from a now defunct soccer passion. I use a cheap ski pole or a cheap hiking staff. I hook the staff to a 3 foot bungie cord to my vest and let it dangle behind me while I fish. It does get tangled in my fly line upon occasion but I have developed some techniques to keep the line and staff from tangling.
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But back to your post. If you weight the end of that shaft so it stays on the bottom you'll find your floating away/tangles are a thing of the past.

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Thanks for the reply on how to unstick a wading staff and the suggestion to prevent tangles. I will try both suggestions out in 2 weeks when trout season opens here in Wisconsin. I can not wait. With all the typical snow and ice on opening day, my wading staff will always be with me. I wonder if wearing my old soccer cleats would help? Thanks for the advice.
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I have a folstaff and I trust it. The aluminum is pretty thick and the shock cord on the inside is super strong. Love the cork handle (it floats) and the integrated threaded camera screw in. I also have some telescoping trekking poles that I can use in a pinch. Those don't like to get water in them tho.
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i have a shock-corded staff that i got thru cabelas about 5 years ago.
it's aluminum and comes in a pouch with a coiled lanyard. i payed like forty bucks for it and it has served me very well.
vital piece of gear.

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I have a Folstaff. It was a gift from my adult children. I didn't think I needed one. Now I use it going up and down the stairs in the house too.
They gave me the Abel nippers too......honest.
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I have a well worn folstaff 3/4" wading staff.

I wore through the cork top in a couple years exposing the sharp alum tubing so I machined a delrin replacement top and used a roll pin to secure it. Been like this for about 15 years.

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The cork top is weak but the rest of the staff is solid. I wish it were six inches longer.
I have had a 3/4" Folstaf for 30+ years and I have had it refurbished twice. Once was to replace the elastic and the other was when I bent off one of the aluminum sections after it got stuck in the mud. It is now like new.

They are expensive but unless you use it , it will last forever and you can pass it down.

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