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Wading Staff - Sterling


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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Customer Reviews

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Not as good as the old ones Review by Patrick Hornby
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 4/29/14)

Great Staff Review by claude
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 4/7/14)

Excellent safety accessory that give me more range Review by dentalboy
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 11/27/13)

Excellent staff Review by Bob
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 7/21/13)

Great for balance Review by Sandy
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 6/29/13)

Simms Staff Saves My Life Review by Sandy
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 6/13/13)

About time to buy a back-up, easy call Review by Bux
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 6/7/13)

If you travel by air to fish....get this! Review by Bill
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 5/27/13)

Wading Staff / Loveland, Colorado Review by Stealth
Simply ..... " Don't Wade Fish Without It "

(Posted on 5/3/13)

Good Staff Review by GoGrizz
I Bought this almost a year ago and do love it. It seems as if the cable stretched out on me and the staff doesnt stay tyogether anymore dont think this is the norm but have sent it back for repairs. I love Simms equipment and hope this is resolved or replaced. Buy one you will love it. Tough, Light, Great Pouch and retractor is #1. just hope the new one or repair lasts longer than a year.

(Posted on 4/10/13)

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