Last Sunday my friend and I bushwhacked to the upper reaches of the Big Thompson River headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a very remote canyon with no trail whatsoever with choking dead-fall, massive plunge pools and loose rocks. Needless to say it’s not the most easily accessed water to fish. Getting around is tough, but the reward is worth it.
On the way out of the canyon I did something I very rarely do. I grabbed a big long branch with a diameter about the size of my arm and maybe six feet long and used it as a wading staff. While I have long been told about the merits of wading staffs like the one from Pit River Company,l I personally just never really needed one. Perhaps it’s because I’m aging or simply out of shape, but I found having that stick really helped with overall fatigue in the river and even while navigating the scree while out of the water.
So next time you’re a bit gassed on a back-country fishing excursion and need a little help look around for a solid wading staff. I swear it’ll help.