October 30th, 2000
The Premiere OnLine Magazine for the Fly Fishing Enthusiast.
This is where our readers tell their stories . . .
The Right Wading Staff
By Old Rupe, USA
After reading Lady Fisher's article
about the clueless dummies whose actions ruined J.C.'s and her
fishing day I felt compelled to express my view.
I have always believed in good equipment. Those that know me
will testify that my rods and reels are at least decent and though
I might sleep in the back of my truck I never stint on my equipment.
I used to use the modified aluminum ski poles and the hi-tech
fiberglass wonders as wading staffs. I have finally seen the light.
I now have the ideal wading staff (walking stick) and it was cheap
and easy to make. In fact I carried one to France with me on my
I cut 12 inches off the top of a six foot karate Chinese red oak
quarter staff and put a 3/8 inch strip on the bottom of high molecular
weight plastic. The stick has a hole six inches from the top that has
a parachute cord inserted much like some ski poles. It comes with
a rag to wipe off the stains of dummies that try to ruin my days
In my old age I appreciate my very sturdy and practical wading
staff more and more.
I would summerize my philosophy as such: If Old Rupe has a bad
day on stream someone else will also.
While I'm not in the business of manufacturing these staffs I will make
them for those that can't.
Promote good manners, buy Old Rupes wading staff. Most of the
dummies probably can't read anyway, so written education isn't the
solution. My seventy dollar wading staff is guaranteed to work.
I've sent staffs out to be field tested. The initial results against 4 year
old bulls are promising. ~ Old Rupe
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