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Old 04-30-2009, 02:02 PM
MikeRob MikeRob is offline
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Default Get yourself a wading staff!!!!!!!!!

Made a great purchase last winter of a springbrook collapsable wading staff from LRO. Had fished for years without one of these didn't think I needed one. I mean after all im 24 and in good shape surley these things were for old men right? Well after my fishing season has kicked off full blast I will say that it is something I won't go fishing without now. I can wade quieter on slick rocks and overall it makes the trip much more enjoyable. The staff folds down and fits into a small pouch I wear on my wading belt. An added bonus to this product is also if you ever go down a steep muddy hill after a rain in felt soled wading boots is you don't have to bust your rear!
So in summary, what I am saying is if you don't own one of these staffs you need to go see the fine folks at LRO and they will hook you up with one. You won't regret it.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:42 AM
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Very wise words from such a young whippersnapper, i totally agree & endorse this message

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Old 05-01-2009, 05:01 PM
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Got one a couple of years ago, complete with the compass in the handle.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:19 PM
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Started using one a few years ago. Got caught on the wrong side of the stream up there when a big storm hit upstream. Could not find a place to cross so I ended up swimming my way over. Used sticks from time to time that I would pick up, worked ok. Bought a collapsable and use it every time I go, streams or tailwaters. Say what you want, have not fallen since I bought it. BTW I'm not even 40 yet so they are not just for "experienced" fishermen(& women).
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:42 PM
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Got mine a few years ago and never go without it. It has save me more than I want to talk about.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:19 AM
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Default Cheaper than one visit...

...to an Emergency Room is what I figured soon after taking up the "art" of fly fishing. I have one of the Simm's staffs that my wife bought me from LRO. It is great for testing the bottom to make sure the leaves in the Fall aren't covering a deep hole before I step in them. I also appreciate having the staff when it comes to dealing with snakes. I was climbing out of the river at Elkmont one afternoon and as I reached up to grab the roots of a tree that were growing out of the wall, it occurred to me that where I was about to place my hand was a great spot for a snake to be sunning. I reached up with my staff and rattled it around to scare off any snake that might be there. I waited a minute or so and grabbed the root to help pull myself up and as I did, lo and behold I saw the tail of a large water snake as he was making his departure from that very spot .

"Fly-fishing has many attributes, but none more pleasing than it's ability to liberate the young boy that still hides within me and to let that boy live again without embarrassment or regret, sorrow or anguish." Harry Middleton

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Old 05-31-2009, 09:30 AM
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Default Fishpond

I bought one of the Fishpond wading staffs from LRO last year and it's a great staff and a great price. Never fish without it now.
"To go fishing is the chance of washing one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of the sun on blue water."

- Herbert Hoover, devoted angler and thirty-first President of the United States.
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Old 05-31-2009, 07:23 PM
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Default Wading Staff

I have been using a staff for three years and believe it is an indespensible part of my fly fishing gear. I do not go out of the parking area without it for many of the reasons noted in the earlier posts.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:11 AM
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Had a pretty good fall tonight in the smokies (and lost my glasses in the process). I may have to get a wading staff...
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:10 AM
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After I helped a fellow fisher fruitlessly try to find his glasses after a fall, I wear a lanyard on both my sunglasses and my regular glasses when I am in the stream. Well worth it and you can switch between regular glassses and sunglasses without stowing the unused pair.
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