Wading stick for tenkara

(Jean Santos) #1

I’m using a tenkara stick since I read Tom’s blog : http://tetontenkara.blogspot.com/2012/08/making-human-tripod.html

As tenkara let our left hand free, it’s easy to use this hand to hold a wading stick.

It’s very useful when you got older and mine saved hundred of my flies from the trees .


Sometimes it helps to save my friend’s flies : have a look at 3’ in this video:

It’s easy to make our own tenkara staff, mine has an Alpine chamois horn that make easy to grab the lower branches.

Do you use this kind of tool ? Come on, show us your wading stick

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(Tom Davis) #2

What a wonderful wading staff! Mine is not so nice as yours, but I can’t wade without it. It keeps me from falling! And with it I’ve retrieved dozens of flies from trees and underwater snags as well!

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(Nick Pavlovski) #3

Inspired by Tom Davis, I used to use a regular senior citizen’s wooden walking stick as my wading staff and fly retriever. currently I’m using a metal, collapsible senior citizen’s walking stick, becuase my wooden one broke when I tried to use it as a machete to smash my through blackberries.
I’m now thinking that perhaps a cut-down, grinded and sanded hockey stick might also work? Thoughts?

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(Tyson Sparrow) #4

I’ve made hiking sticks out of golf club blanks, adding a handle and a carbide tip.

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(Jean Santos) #5

Merci messieurs.Thank you for your insight, It’s nice to see that many of you are converting tools from other sports( hockey, golf) to fit our game.

I also love the staff because they increase your stability while you’re casting. A better stability = better accuracy


This morning we were fishing on a small creek and had often slingshot casts to do. When you need your two hands you can hang the staff on a ring. Here my friend Daniel is carrying it in the ring of his tamo.

I have a bunch of wading staffs, a metallic one that makes too much noise when I hit the rocks, and 4 wooden staffs. For small creeks I use this one, it’s light and has a roe deer horn:


Another advantage of wood is its insulation, when you have to cross under an electrical fence

Once he crossed my friend is returning me the courtesy. Daniel too can not fish without his tenkara staff

I have just a concern with my tenkara staffs, my wife think I have enough Makilas and walking staffs and don’t want any more in her hall :grin:

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(Vladimir Bushclyakov ) #6

I walked along the river with a wooden staff and thought I needed to buy a folding, metal-covered staff. Bought and realized that he rattles on the stones. When the lower part of it gets stuck in the stones, the upper part continues to move with me. Everything is relative, you need to make a wooden staff.

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(Tyson Sparrow) #7

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(Tyson Sparrow) #9

Sorry bad pictures 3.2 oz weight carbon fiber golf shaft and Leki hiking tips, gossamer gear handles.

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(Brian Miller) #10

I bought a pair of High Stream Gear aluminum carbide-tipped hybrid telescoping/folding trekking poles that have cork hand grips and included removable mud baskets and rubber tip covers, and a belt pouch for each pole off Amazon for a around $35 (they’re up to $45 now). I carry one in a pouch on my wading belt. The collapsed length is 14.5 inches. They’re not quite as stout as my BD poles but collapse much shorter and are about 1/2 the cost. They work very well as a wading staff and were a great deal at <$20 per pole. I think they are still a good deal $23 per pole