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Wading Staff

4.35 out of 5 stars
20 Reviews



Why We Like The Wading Staff

Taking along Simm's Wading Staff is a good idea if there are a lot of rocks in the river. This sturdy third leg helps us gauge depths and stay upright while finding the perfect spot to mimic flies. We like that its design is as easy to break down as deploy. Just grab the orange ring, pull it back, and it locks in place. Afterward, press the spring-loaded pin to release the tension and pull the pieces apart again. It's as easy as that.


  • Strong and simple wading staff for fishing ventures
  • Light and durable aluminum ensures it'll last
  • Toss-and-pull deployment readies it in seconds
  • Extended foam handle lets you keep your grip on it
  • Collapsible sections pack it away easily
  • Printed inches show you how far in the deeps you are
  • Item #SMMF07Q
7075 aluminum
Storage Sack
retractable sheath
Collapsed Length
Claimed Weight
1lb 1oz
river fishing, saltwater fishing, stillwater fishing
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 20 ratings

Review Summary

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5 Stars - 12 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

March 23, 2024

Good quality overall

I bought this because of an upcoming trip to the Driftless region of WI, which has some steep banks to traverse. I've been stubbornly resisting the need for one of these for years, but accepted the fact that I need one after absolutely destroying my knee while wading in the Bighorn River in MT. Now that I have a knee replacement, this is a tool I can no longer deny the usefulness of. Really solid construction, and it feels like it'll hold up well. It is easy to collapse and easy to assemble. I really like the formed shell pouch, but would like to see it accommodate a 2" wader belt with loops for wearing horizontally across my back. That's not a complaint, just an improvement I'd like to see. I do not care for the cord lanyard that connects it to the zinger....It will get snagged and tangled, and seems like an afterthought on an otherwise well-designed product. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives!!


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4 out of 5 stars

March 5, 2024

Women dimensions needed

I think it’s amazingly made very sturdy. I wish it was adjustable for my height. I’m 5’2” and the height of the handle is awkward. When I fish and am standing in the river I need to leave it extended and it’s very hard to manage. Yesterday the fly line got tangled in the staff while I was trying to land a fish. I think a women’s version would be grand!

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5 out of 5 stars

February 2, 2024

Solid Product with Design in Mind

Solid product. Here is my review


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4 out of 5 stars

December 20, 2023


This is a great wading staff. Wish it were maybe another 1/4 inch in diameter, otherwise pretty stable.


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3 out of 5 stars

December 9, 2023

Good but could use improvements

The idea of a staff in the river is good but you have to plan to leave it extended as it's a 2 handed job to put it away. Also wish they had two different lengths. I'm short and this is overkill length for me.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 7, 2023


I have not had a chance to use it yet. Therapy older I get I find the more I need support crossing a river. I replaced the tip with the rubber one. Very good quality Looking forward to getting it wet.


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5 out of 5 stars

August 12, 2023


Great product ... its my third Simms wading staff. One bent after falling on it crossing a river in Montana and another snapped in two after a bad fall negotiating high spring water in Colorado. I would NEVER BE ON A STREAM WITHOUT THIS PRODUCT. It has saved me too many times to count. Over the last 60 years years I used a lot of different wading staffs and this is the best. One thing I don't care for is the way they have integrated the holster and the retractable leash. I would much rather have two separate components - I never bother using the holster. I sling it over my right shoulder when not in use.


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5 out of 5 stars

July 22, 2023

Did I mention how tough this product is?

Simple design, easy to use, & very tough. It keeps my 6’3 250# frame out of the rivers.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 25, 2023

worth the money!

I never thought I would ever "need" a wading staff or even consider using one before my friend convinced me to get one. Now it's definitely something I always have with me now on anytime I'm on the water, my only regret was not buying one sooner.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 22, 2023

With such high water flows in Utah right now haven’t been able to use it yet. Upon inspection at delivery the construction, feel, ease of putting together and strength of materials put it in the win column for me. Tried other ones (cheaper) and ideas with no satisfaction. Spend the extra money and be happier. Also at my age it’s a lot more about safety than the extra cost. Fish hard. Fish well. Enjoy life.


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