Wading Staff - Sterling

Wading Staff


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Added stability and safety for wading.


  • Sectional staff breaks down to fit in self-draining neoprene holster
  • Anodized aluminum shaft allows flex while maintaining strength
  • Top section constructed of super strength bar stock 7075 aluminum for additional durability
  • Retractor features a braided Spectra cable that is stronger with improved durability
  • Offered in two lengths: 52", 56"
  • Not intended to support your full weight. Alway practice safe wading, do not rely on your staff to hold you up when wading too deep. This is meant to help you feel your way through the stream.
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24 Review(s)

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Works well but not durable Review by Misfish

Misfish 8/13/2014

The staff works great if you assemble it before you need it - it does require two hands to reliably assemble.

Once assembled, it proved a reliable, trustworthy third point of balance for me, at 6'4" 300#.
The real issue I had with this is it lasted only 18 months.before the top two (concentric) pole segments fused together, rendering the staff useless. No info on the Simms site regarding proper maintenance or possible fixes. This must be a frequent problem - it was not a function of heavy usage or abuse.

I would recommend a wading solution that does not rely on nested aluminum poles

(Posted on 8/13/2014)

Best Staff Review by Calibrator

Calibrator 6/20/2014

Bought mine 2 years ago and it has been perfect. The fact that it locks open is very, very important. Others with friction fit sections are always becoming stuck and then come apart. The end point on my first staff came off. Sent back to Simms and it was replace. Great service. Just got another one for my son; and convinced my friend to also get one.

(Posted on 6/20/2014)

Disappointing Review by Larry

Larry 6/1/2014

I fish a lot. Rivers with large boulders so a wading staff became a necessity. I had an Orvis wading staff which I found weak and not user friendly. When I saw this Simms wading staff and it's design I knew I needed it. I used the staff all of last year. On my third time out this year, the spring tab that locks it into place got stuck inside the tube. When i tried to grab it with my forceps I succeeeded in pushing it in all the way. Too soon for this to be happening and I am sans. Wading staff in prime dry season

(Posted on 6/1/2014)

Not as good as the old ones Review by Patrick Hornby

Patrick Hornby 4/29/2014

I have had many Simms staffs and been really pleased with them - and often end up giving them to the guides as a thank-you. These new ones....... over the winter the top section corroded so badly that it was impossible to withdraw it from the tube. I get the feeling I'm not the only one to be disappointed by the new wading staff.

[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Hi Patrick. Contact us at 888.585.3570 or [email protected] We have a repair center in Bozeman Montana where our technicians can evaluate the product. From there they can make a recommendation for how to proceed.

(Posted on 4/29/2014)

Great Staff Review by claude

claude 4/7/2014

My old Simms staff (black) failed at the connection between the cable and the upper section (after many years of abuse I might add). I sent it back for repair and was sent the new model (stainless) as a replacement. Great service by Simms!
Back to staff - the newer model is definitely an improvement over the older one. I really put it to the test recently in some of NZ's rivers that were some of the toughest wading I've encountered. Loved the fact that the sections are locked in place as I often got the staff stuck between rocks and was able to free it without it it coming apart. Really put the "lean' on it sometimes and it held up well in spite of being flexed.
Have seen many complaints about it requiring two hands to unfold. Use your head and deploy it before you get into a bad situation. I can deploy while still holding my rod. Also - instead of letting it dangle by the retractor I've installed a net release magnet at the handle and attach the other half of magnet to my belt. The magnets keep the staff close to you, reducing wear on the retractor, keep the staff from getting stuck in rocks and reducing noise that occurs if the staff is dangling behind you.

(Posted on 4/7/2014)

Excellent safety accessory that give me more range Review by dentalboy

dentalboy 11/27/2013

This staff is a like buddy wading. It is there when you need it. I combine it with a wading belt and the sheath stays tucked under my jacket when not in use. My Father had another brand and it was not nearly as useful to take out and put away; this staff is a cinch. The neoprene sheath is perfect to hold the staff tightly and easy to access because it stretches. In heavy water it can vibrate, but it holds. I won't be caught without it!

(Posted on 11/27/2013)

Excellent staff Review by Bob

Bob 7/21/2013

Replaced a bungee cord staff with Simms's staff 5 years ago and never looked back.

One suggestion: a retractor with more tension would be welcome because, if strong enough, it would put the staff handle at hand, rather than hanging at my knees

(Posted on 7/21/2013)

Great for balance Review by Sandy

Sandy 6/29/2013

When I rate items these days it's often to identify gear that addresses quality, functionality, and safety. The Simm's wading staff helps my balance and safety when wading the rivers of northern New Mexico. I am 63 now and do not possess the balance and mobility of my 40's. Simply, this staff makes me more comfortable when fishing.

(Posted on 6/29/2013)

Simms Staff Saves My Life Review by Sandy

Sandy 6/13/2013

I am a 63 year old guy who's balance has been somewhat by advancing years. I resently took a tumble and injured my pride and elbow. The Simms staff has helped me to be much more confident in the water while navigating the rocks and boulders. The staff design is superior and easy to extend, and more importantly, well manufactured by Simms. One complaint, as noted above, the sheath leaves something to be desireD. While this is not a big deal for me, it seems that Simms should do some redesigning on the sheath to make it easier to use. Overall, this product has probably, literally, saved my life a couple of times. GREAT PRODUCT!!

(Posted on 6/13/2013)

About time to buy a back-up, easy call Review by Bux

Bux 6/7/2013

Some 10 years ago an old pal bought me a Simms staff partly out of gratitude for a fishing junket we'd been on and partly out of sympathy after watching me slip and stumble around with the "stick d'jour found in the woods each day. It's been with me on every trip since and it has saved me any number of dunkings. Couple of years ago it fitted a copper plumbing part to reinforce the tip, but it wasn't until this year that the staff showed its first signs of frequent use -- there's a bit of play at the connection joints -- not much, but noticeable.
Father's Day I hope to see a new staff...just as good or better than the old one.

(Posted on 6/7/2013)

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