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    Default Wading staff too tall?

    I have ordered a wading staff, it's a collapse able one. Only now have I noticed that it's 4 feet 3 inches extended, I'm 5 foot 3 inches. Would that wading staff be too tall for me? I can't find anyone short enough in my price range

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyfisher147 View Post
    I have ordered a wading staff, it's a collapse able one. Only now have I noticed that it's 4 feet 3 inches extended, I'm 5 foot 3 inches. Would that wading staff be too tall for me? I can't find anyone short enough in my price range

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    ....Why didn't you purchase a nice traditional wooden wading staff with the lead weight and deer horn handle top made to measure....only a suggestion.

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    I didn't know

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    No it wont be too long. When your wading you'll be putting the staff in at an angle, feeling the way. Making a triangle. Think Pythagoras.

    Also, every one knows when you put something in water the diffraction makes everything look shorter. Any anything that looks shorter is, isn't it.

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    Thanks dryfly, that helps a lot

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    Anything from your shoulder down to the ground is spot on size wise. Anything bigger and it's worthless. You want you hand a decent level, not having to hold it up on top of a stick.

    Most metal sticks I have seen can be "chopped" with a grinder with no ill effect on usability.

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    I measured and it goes up to my shoulder

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    Default staff

    I made a cracking wading staff,check out the execel 54 inch hygiene,mop,broom handles ultra light,colour coded handles,bung a sea lead up the bottom end,oh er misses,nice lanyard clipped to your waders 10,
    Stamp aberdeen on the side 100,
    Ta,

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    I've made several over the years, from various types of wood. With the one i'm currently using, I got the stick from my own garden.I've often asked fishing buddies to guess what type of wood it is. No one has yet been correct. It is from a tall Privet hedge, and is perfectly straight with a fork at the top. There are several more in there that I've earmarked for future harvesting. I've wrapped a self adhesive tennis racquet handle grip just below the fork and this gives a perfect non slip grip on the stick.
    I've found that the ideal length is if they fit under the armpit when standing up straight

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    Default short staff

    I had the same problem - I'm 5ft 6in according to my passport and that's probably an exaggeration. My previous wading stick - a collapsible - was too long and always getting in the way.
    The answer was to buy a Snowbee telescopic staff - its perfect cos I can extend it to the length that suits me and it's never let me down.
    It aint a fancy bit of wood with a stag horn handle but it does the job and extends to exactly the right length (as the Actress said to the Bishop).

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