When I hike into the remote hollows to fish mountain trout streams I wear my felt sole boot foot hippers if I am going two miles or less. If I am going to hike in more than two miles I wear hiking shoes and hang my hippers over my shoulders. Then when I get to the area I plan to fish I put my hippers on and hide my hiking shoes behind a tree. When I finish fishing I retrieve my hiking shoes and wear these back to my jeep. I never wear chest-high or waist-high waders when fishing small mountain trout streams because they limit my ability to crawl along the streams.
Folstaf Wading Staff with Harry Murray – Wading safety is paramount wether you fish small mountain trout streams, large freestone rivers or everything in between.
Wading Safety begins with proper wading technique. The safest wading technique includes keeping two points in contact with the bottom of the stream or river at all times while you are wading through the water. A Folstaf Wading Staff is an extremely useful and efficient wading staff which ensures you will always have two points in contact with the stream bottom. The Folstaf Wading Staff we recommend is 3/4″ in diameter and extends out to a fixed 50″ in length. The Folstaf Wading Staff breaks down to pieces nine inches long and fits into an included holster to store when you don’t need it.
Metal studs on wading shoes are a great help on large streams such as the Shenandoah River and Yellowstone River. However, they do not grip well on dry rocks and ledges which we encounter on small mountain streams. A good friend took a bad fall because of these and I fell and cracked some of my ribs.
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When wading across a fast river that can cut your feet out from under you it is wise to use a wading staff. I personally use a Folstaff. Use your wading staff in your upstream hand. This wasy if you do fall quite possibly you will start falling by leaning upstream and the force of the current can help you regain your balance. The wading staff is a valuable asset since it ensures that you have two points of contact with the bottom of the stream or river at all times. This is particularly important when moving water approaches your waist and above.
When wading down a large river and needing to get back across the river to your car at the end of the day frequently one finds himself in water too deep to cross. Don’t take a chance by trying to cross deep fast water. It is better to go back upstream and cross where you came in.
On steep mountain streams it is easy to fish up into a very deep canyon where getting up the walls to hike back down to your car could be very dangerous. A better ploy would be to wade back down the stream until you get out of the deep canyon.
Folstaff Wading Staff $132.00
A good wading stick is a great aid when wading fast streams and I don’t mean just large rivers. If you accidently fall down in water waist deep you get wet, if you fall down in water ankle deep you can break bones. I use a Folstaff Wading Staff in all streams I fly fish. If, however, you need to wade across a waist deep fast river and don’t have a wading stick here is a method which has helped me in the the large rivers we fish in the Rockies. Point your fly rod downstream with your downstream arm extended full length so the tip and six inches of the rod tip rest on the surface of the river. Maintain this contact point, just brushing the surface of the stream, as you wade slowly across the fast water. This simple method improves your balance greatly and helps you keep from falling.
Watch Harry’s Video on the Folstaff Wading Staff and the benefits of using a wading staff while fishing on the river.
Nothing helps me in my wading in fast currents as much as some type of wading staff. Anything helps. I’ve used drift wood, old rod butt sections and a variety of aids but my favorite is a FolStaff Wading Staff.