Let water be the only thing that tumbles down the river! The Springbrook Collapsible Graphite Wading Staff provides wading anglers with that extra sense of stability that's required when your footing gets tricky. Constructed from durable graphite with 5/8'' ferrules for extra strength, this lightweight, four-piece Wading Staff features a comfortable, foam grip, pointed tip and a lanyard with swivel snap for securing the staff to your wading belt or vest. Shock cord provides quick and easy assembly. Length: 54'' assembled; 15'' collapsed.
Rated 1 out of 5 by FlyFishinFool Poor Wading Staff - Fair Anchor
"I purchased the SpringBrook graphite wading staff and used it for a week's fly-fishing trip. The foam handle is barely sufficient to keep the handle end of the staff floating, but only briefly until the staff fills with water. Within a few minutes of dropping the staff into the water, each section of the staff fills up completely with water - thus the staff then performs like an anchor, pulling down on your wading belt. Additionally, since it is now heavier than the surrounding water, it does not float downstream like a wading staff with a floating handle, instead it drifts around down by your ankles, getting tangled in your legs and even tripping you if you are not careful.
When you pull the staff out of the water, you are now holding a graphite pipe full of water, not exactly light weight. If you use the staff while filled with water I can guarantee that the foam grip will rub blisters on your hand (my personal experience). The alternative is to drain the water from the staff each and every time you want to use it to move a few steps. To drain the staff, you have to take each section apart and drain each individual section, and the handle section can take up to 2 minutes to drain every time.
Basically I found the SpringBrook staff to be a good concept that was poorly designed/constructed - the hole where the strap attaches into the top of the handle acts like a vent, allowing water to enter into each section until the whole staff sinks. I returned my SpringBrook staff as soon as I got home.
Finally, like all wading staffs joined together with bungee cords, if you get the SpringBrook wading staff stuck in mud or rocks, it comes apart when you try to pull it up - I had this happen when I was very close to losing my balance on a small flat of sand/silt when I got a wading boot stuck. My new Simms wading staff locks open and will not pull apart."
August 24, 2009