by Nome Buckman
What is it? Do I need it?
A wading staff is an important piece of safety equipment all anglers should carry with them. Of course if you're only fishing in sandy waters that are ankle deep with no boulders to negotiate or if you only fish out of a boat, then a staff might not be necessary for you. But if you're like me and end up wading where you shouldn't, a staff is a handy tool to get you out of a difficult spot or into prime water where many are unwilling to go.
Wading staffs are a great tool to feel the bottom for depth before taking a step and judging current strength. They also double as a handy hiking buddy when on the move.