Riverstick Custom-machined Wading Staffs

herkileez

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Much appreciated Tim! I'm glad to hear you're happy with the staff. That's the most important thing to me.... (y)
 

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How would you recommend us measure the length we need ?
A good measure is to top of waders with boots on. This ensures a comfortable length, while allowing some reach while wading.
Rule of thumb for height/length: 5’5” - 5’7” = 51”, 5'8" - 5'10" = 52", 5'11" - 6' 2" = 53", 6'3" - 6'5"= 54-55".
 
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I just used mine today and it’s really nice, a very solid and dependable staff. This may be the novice in me talking but I love how it “automatically” forms! It’s like the pieces are magnetized to each other. I kept “practicing” in the garage with it when I first received it. And it did a great job on the river today, not merely in the water but on the trail as well. I don’t have any comparison to make to any other staff because I haven’t tried any other, but this one is a tank and seems likely to last as long as I do!
 

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I own one of these, it's "all that". I'm undeniably a fan of durable at the expense of weight and this meets my needs. I have Simms/Folstaff/Orvis/BD/etc options, -have tried pretty much everything available.

I went longer than recommended and am happy that I did, if I'm falling, I want hang onto something 'up there', not something 'over there'. I did have a local gunsmith mill a sharp stainless tip for it as our local tailwater fisheries are extremely slippery.

This is probably the best stick a person can get (y)

 
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Just ordered two, one for myself and son. Rick has been great and due to upcoming trip he expedited shipping.

I currently use competitors but trying to get parts unstuck even after a short time is just too frustrating. As a matter of fact I kept it holster at times when I wanted to use it simply because the short time I needed it wasn't worth the frustration of pulling apart and reholstering.
 
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I finally feel qualified to comment on this staff after using it on several trips. Short report is it's the best staff I have ever used.

Initially when you get the staff it will feel generally heavier due to it's solid construction. However, once you fold it out and start using it it feels well balanced and swings easily with my gait while walking down the trail (I have hiked probably 15-20 miles with the staff so far). In the water you do not notice the weight but you will notice how strong it is and it does not take on water or come apart prematurely when it gets between rocks/logs etc. I had to be in a really strong current for it to start vibrating and then the vibration was very subtle. The holster is functional and easy to work with. The open design of the holster allows you to slide the handle inside leaving the staff extended with the tip of the stick against a rock in the current so you can cast without dropping your staff in to the water. This is nice because it just sits right on your hip ready to go. Overall I am pleased with the ease of ordering, the speed of the delivery and the functionality of the product. Awesome job Rick you definitely have a winning product in my view.
I was about to comment on my wading staff but you said everything I wanted to. It's awesome. In fact 4 different people took a picture of the emblem and will probably place an order in the future.
 
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