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    Have noticed several posts in regard to Wading staffs
    and LPU's. We have a number of rivers up here on the Oregon
    frontier which will ruin your whole day if you loose your footing
    and decide to shoot the rapids. I am sure this is true of most
    rivers but the Rogue river comes to mind as it has claimed
    a number of fishermen and boaters for that matter. IMHO the
    wading staff and LPU are a life savers. To many guys have a
    MACHO man mentality and think these tools are for sissies.
    It does'nt take much water to drown a person. Some of these
    rivers up here have Class 5 rapids and higher. This is real
    bad JuJu if you get caught up by one of these rivers. Be
    careful out there. Cheers,

    Snuffy.

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    LPU's= life preserving undergarments? I'm very curious to learn more about these!

    To be serious, good post and good point!
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    Sorry Cliff about using the old military terminology (LPU).
    I think PFD is more politically correct. Thanks for the kind
    words. I see guys wading around on some of these dangerous
    waters without the correct gear and it scares the hell out of
    me. Live and learn I guess?? Cheers,

    Snuffy

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    Great point. A staff is on my list of things I need to get. Any recommendations on one that folds up.
    Thanks,
    Tuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksigtuck View Post
    Great point. A staff is on my list of things I need to get. Any recommendations on one that folds up.
    Thanks,
    Tuck
    Not to over-complicate what should be an easy question, but you need to consider which of two types you prefer. While both assemble from several sections, one screws together and the other has ferrules which slip into each other, all held together by a shock cord. The advantage of the latter type is that it "automatically" snaps together when you pull it from its storage holster, meaning that you don't have to "pre-assemble" it like you do with the screw-together models. However, it does have one disadvantage that the screw-together models do not - when the tip becomes jammed in between rocks, it can be disconcerting to pull on the wading staff and have it temporarily come apart.

    Another thing to consider is which length suits your height better.
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
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    I just use a wading staff I got from Gander Mountain for $30. It doubles as a walking staff for hiking.

    I don't use a PFD. I usually very cautious about the water I wade and if it's too fast, I don't go in far.
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fly2Fish View Post
    Not to over-complicate what should be an easy question, but you need to consider which of two types you prefer. While both assemble from several sections, one screws together and the other has ferrules which slip into each other, all held together by a shock cord. The advantage of the latter type is that it "automatically" snaps together when you pull it from its storage holster, meaning that you don't have to "pre-assemble" it like you do with the screw-together models. However, it does have one disadvantage that the screw-together models do not - when the tip becomes jammed in between rocks, it can be disconcerting to pull on the wading staff and have it temporarily come apart.

    Another thing to consider is which length suits your height better.
    I am looking for one that automatically snaps together when taken out of its holster. I can see your point about it getting stuck between rocks and coming apart when you pull on it but I like being able to keep it tucked away in its holster until it is needed quickly.
    Tuck

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    I use an old bamboo X-C ski pole that I've removed the basket from. It is a bit awkward at times. When I'm in position in the water I keep it tethered to a carabiner attached to a loop on the bottom my vest. Have yet to get a trout tangled on the pole, but I'm guessing it's just a matter of time...or expert line control.

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    I have both a FolStaf and a Simms Staff. Both are high quality pieces of equipment. I like and recommend both. Both are shock corded to deploy easily. What the Simms Staff has that the Folstaf does not is the fact that once deployed, the Simms locks together. To take the Simms staff down, you then have to release it with a push button. The FolStaf breaks down like a fly rod and is in more sections so it breaks down smaller.

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    I've never used a pole but I have a rule of thumb that if I can't see the bottom I don't bother. But I am considering one since last time I was out I almost fell on my arse.

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