I am a fan of wading staffs. I've had enough close calls, very frightening ones, that by now I don't even take a bath without one. Having a reliable, strong, and fast-acting wading staff can save your life, and if not that, then one will make your wading less onerous, letting you focus on your fishing more than your footwork. The Fishpond collapsible staff is just the tool we recommend here at the shop. It's got all the essentials, put together in a way only Fishpond can master.