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Pro Wading Staff

4.111111111111111 out of 5 stars
18 Reviews



Why We Like The Simms Pro Wading Staff

Swift water and slippery river bottoms call for extra traction and support—which the Simms Pro Wading Staff happily delivers. Its carbon and aluminum construction provides a light but dependable pole, and it’s quick and easy to deploy or pack away with a simple flick-lock that also lets us adjust the length from 47 to 56 inches. The wrist strap helps us hold on to the staff, keeps our hand and wrist in an ergonomic position, and connects to a retractor for added security. This potentially life-saving package helps us cross swift currents, check the depth around us, and feel our way through underwater hazards in stained water.


  • Hybrid carbon-fiber and aluminum build is stiff and resilient
  • Cork/EVA composite handle for grip in wet conditions
  • Includes built-in wrist strap, retractor, and sheath
  • Carbide tip (with removable rubber tip) for durable traction
  • Collapsed Length of 17.5 inches for portability
  • Carrying sheath straps easily to a wading belt
  • Item #SMMF0EN
carbon fiber
52 - 56in
Adjustable Length
Usable Range
47 - 56in
Collapsed Length
Locking Mechanism
carbide, removable rubber
Claimed Weight
fly fishing
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4 based on 18 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
3 Stars - 1 reviews
4 Stars - 4 reviews
5 Stars - 10 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

May 22, 2024

Huge difference!

Game changer on the small mountain streams with lots of slick rocks! Highly recommend!


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5 out of 5 stars

May 7, 2024

Very stable. Used in waist deep river crossing spotting steelhead.


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3 out of 5 stars

March 30, 2024

Carbon fiber and string

The most expensive wading staff in the world and it’s tyed on to the retractor with a bit of string. Come on Simms, do it right or don’t do it at all.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 11, 2024


I guide on rivers in southwest Montana and they are very slick. I'm 66 and this wading staff allows me to keep my balance while giving instruction. I like the quick deployment and retraction. The tether allows me to keep moving without worry of losing the staff. It mounts right on to my Fishpond pack securely. Of course there's the Simms quality. What a great product!

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4 out of 5 stars

October 31, 2023

Light and convenient

Pretty solid wading staff! Light, stable, relatively easy to deploy and easy to adjust. The holster has great mounting options for a waist pack which is where I put mine and the included retractor is a big bonus. The only niggle is that they holster is tight, making it a little tricky sometimes to get the staff back in after use.


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2 out of 5 stars

August 30, 2023

This staff when folded is much to long to be comfortably carried in a belt holster. Making it with another section would make for a more manageable device when not deployed. Cannot be deployed with one hand unless the velcro strap has been undone prior to putting the folded staff into the holster. Holster doesn't easily attach to the wading belt and it's unclear why a buckle needs to be involved. The staff is light weight and the handle is comfortable and looks like it will last many seasons. But the lanyard system is messy and complex for such a simple task. A lot of loose cord and wrist strap to snag or come apart. The lanyard is permanently attached to the holster via a retractor. It would be nice to have a temporary attachment between the holster and the lanyard like a carabiner.


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1 out of 5 stars

August 1, 2023

Hasn't been used

I haven't had a need to use it yet, so I can't taste it nor review it.


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4 out of 5 stars

August 1, 2023

Pro wading staff

This is my 3rd pro wading staff. Love them. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that the grip has changed into a long, smooth handle with no notch coming out of it, which helps you grip it better. Definitely like the older style of handle with more of a pistol grip. Other than that, same great quality, and construction and strength


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5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2023

Third Leg

Well made product & easily used while entering the river. I like the stability it offers ! Excellent addition to my day on the river.


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4 out of 5 stars

March 7, 2023

Just received it for my birthday. Opens and closes well. There should have been a male piece attached directly to the handle for a cleaner connection to the retractor. I am also concerned about the integrity of the small nipple protruding from the pointed end of the staff. It looks like it would break off easily. However, I am true to the Simms brand and expect that this staff will serve me well when I fish Montana next Fall


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