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dharkin 09-09-2013 05:47 PM

Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
Hi Guys,

So I'm heading out to do some wading on Big Hole in early October and I have a question.

I am wondering how many of you use a wading staff while wading? I'm not just talking about store bought devices...........I'm talking about the occasional stick that you use to cross a body of water to get to a better body of water. Don't be shy!

Dan

fredaevans 09-09-2013 06:59 PM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
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Originally Posted by dharkin (Post 590053)
Hi Guys,

So I'm heading out to do some wading on Big Hole in early October and I have a question.

I am wondering how many of you use a wading staff while wading? I'm not just talking about store bought devices...........I'm talking about the occasional stick that you use to cross a body of water to get to a better body of water. Don't be shy!

Dan

Dan, up to my early 50's I never bothered ... until I got 'swept away' by the current. As close to death as ever been short of 'bullets.' Now, I don't step in moving water without the weighted tip of my wading staff going in first.

The fold up things are just toys and 99% will not even open the bloody things up until they're already is deep do-do. Mine is 58" long (mid chest high) solid stick and has a pound of lead wrap at the bottom to keep it 'stuck' there. You take that last wrong step and a 300 pound man could anchor himself and 'back out' of a 'that was wrong!'

And no, I don't clock in at 300 pounds; I have trouble staying at 6' and 160.

mikel 09-09-2013 07:49 PM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
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Originally Posted by fredaevans (Post 590080)
Dan, up to my early 50's I never bothered ... until I got 'swept away' by the current. As close to death as ever been short of 'bullets.' Now, I don't step in moving water without the weighted tip of my wading staff going in first.

Yep, me too...not that I was swept away, but off balance and in trouble where it could have happened. I like the idea of a weighted staff like Fred's but mine is a less expensive breakdown model from Cabelas. I am thinking of switching to a solid wood staff and might play with a little weight based on Fred's experience...

You know...if you asked the question, you probably know the answer. I did when I started asking folks about them.

I hate stuff...I carry a darned net now because I'm clumsy handling fish without it, but I hang it off my back with a magnet gizmo and never know it's there...and a staff is like that after you use it a few times. It's just part of the drill and you find ways to make sure it's out of the way, etc without a lot of hassle...

I hate to quote my wife, but it's better to have and not need than the other when you can drown or get hypothermic. yikes!

Hope others chime in...the more that have them the less that'll get in trouble...

oh, forgot to mention...I like mine walking TO THE WATER too...a trekking pole, if you will :)

busbus 09-09-2013 08:08 PM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
Dan,

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?

fredaevans 09-09-2013 08:12 PM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
A lanyard around your neck/shoulders, the 'pound of lead' on the bottom. Handle is about your 'belly button' for a fast grab as you fish. Serious shxt, chuck the rod at the beach and both hands on the handle.

busbus 09-09-2013 08:21 PM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
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Originally Posted by fredaevans (Post 590102)
A lanyard around your neck/shoulders, the 'pound of lead' on the bottom. Handle is about your 'belly button' for a fast grab as you fish. Serious shxt, chuck the rod at the beach and both hands on the handle.

Thanks, Fred. So the staff sort of floats around in the water about you? Or do you stick it in the rocks by your feet?

Personally, I don't care. I learned my lesson and I will never, ever go out without one again. It just makes me feel so much more stable.

siege 09-09-2013 09:37 PM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
I won't wade without a staff anymore. Mine is shock corded and rides in a pouch just behind my right hip. It's only slightly over a foot long, and goes on my wader belt when I put my waders on. It's unobtrusive, and you almost foget it's there. Then, when you suddenly find yourself in a slipery spot, on a down sloping bottom, or crossing some fast water, it deploys fast. I have used it climbing over beaver dams, and once as a cane, when I wrenched an ankle. It got me back to the car when unable to put much weight on that ankle.
Big water or just creek fishing, the comes along if I'm wading.

gt05254 09-10-2013 07:58 AM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
Yes.
Gary

mridenour 09-10-2013 09:05 AM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
Not currently...but with the wear and tear my body took on the last trip, I have one on my Cabela's wishlist!

cavdvr 09-10-2013 09:28 AM

Re: Do you use a Wading Staff?
 
I carry one and use it on any water that is fast moving or I am unfamiliar with.
Helps when climbing up those slippery slopes.


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