I use a hiking staff with a carbide tip from the happy hiker in gatlingburg. I attach a caribiner to three feet of 550 cord and then a caribiner to the wading staff. The first caribiner i attach to my wading belt and when I get in the creek I just let it drop to my side when casting. If the staff floats down I just have to pull on the string and it pulls my staff back to me.
Romans 10:9-10 KJV