I have fished for Steelhead and trout in Alaska and Northern BC.
With the rods to ship, there was no room in the tube to ship my normal 'ski pole' wading staff.
My first trip to Alaska, a friend loaned me his Simms collapsible. Since I have bad knees, I always use a staff, It worked great, and remained assembled the whole time I was there.
My next trip to BC, I used a stick, cut by the guide. It filled the need, and was better than nothing.
This last trip to BC, I bought the Simm's 56" staff. Just what the doctor ordered!
On my last day, while climbing a pile of rocks out of the river valley, the staff got jammed between two boulders. I did not lose my balance to the point of falling, but thankfully the staff held till I regained my footing. Unfortunately, I forced it beyond it's breaking point, and the bottom joint failed. At my age,(65), falling in a pile rocks, 13 miles in the bush, is not a good option!
I think this staff saved me from a terrible accident, and I am truly thankful.
Now for the rest of the story
When I got back, I contacted Simms, and recounted my trip, and how great I thought the staff was, and what it saved me from. They said to send it in for assessment!
I am so happy to say that my replacement staff arrived less than 10 days later!
Great Company, Great Products, and Exceptional service!
Who could ask for more?
(Posted on 5/27/2013)