Ripcord Wading Staff

Our collapsible Ripcord Wading Staff makes it easy to wade with confidence. Made in USA.


Design was adapted from avalanche probe technology. Quick and easy to use, but can easily prevent a wading disaster. Four-section collapsible wading staff assembles in seconds. Built with light and strong 7075 aluminum and kernmantle climbing cord that won't absorb moisture, fray, or stretch. Accessory Kit includes Delrin tip, fly retrieval hook tip, and tip-removal tool. Non-slip EVA grip foam grip. Built-in gear keeper retractor attaches the staff to neoprene sheath that is easily attached to a wader belt. 54"L. Collapsed length 18½". Made in USA.


Overall: 4.4/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.4 / 5 based on 11 reviews

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9 of 11 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    Ripcord staff plus/minus - 7/18/2013
    By: from North Carolina
    Top 1000 Contributor

    I've been using the Ripcord staff for a number of months now. I originally purchased it for the interchangeable tip that included a hook for retrieving flies from trees, etc. It does a decent job as a wading staff but, it could be better. It uses a stretchable cord that must be pulled to extend a locking ball on the cord to engage a slot in the grip. That stretchable cord is going to be stretched if you're pulling a branch with the staff trying to get your fly out of a tree. That's not so good. A metal cable with a locking mechanism like another company's design would be better. On my last outing I picked up the staff from the water only to find the aluminum tip GONE. It screws into the staff and has a flat on it to engage a small wrench that comes with the tip kit only, there is no flat or way to grip the staff shaft so you can hold it tight enough to take advantage of the wrench on the tip. The tip doesn't get tightened enough and comes loose and fell off. I guess I could carry a pair of vise grips with me but, they're heavy and would mark or damage the shaft eventually. Finally the neoprene sheath for carrying the staff is so small in diameter that it's a real chore to get the staff back in it when I'm on the water. It's the only staff that has the interchangeable tips but, it comes with some drawbacks.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Does the job - 7/12/2013
    By: from Kenilworth, United Kingdom

    I looked around for a good while before buying this staff, and I finally chose this one because it had a simple design suited to the job it was intended to perform. I particularly liked the non- stretch cord and the foolproof mechanical locking feature. It is a staff that is built to last. I've just returned from a fishing trip in the Alps and found myself wading in a thigh depth very strong flow in a forest with limited access and exit points. I can say from personal experience that this staff got me out of a potentially sticky situation. I recommend it unreservedly.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    lost tip - 6/3/2013
    By: from Atlanta, GA

    Agree with other reviewers concerning the quality and strength. However, I also had the tip unscrew somewhere while wading. Some kind of star or lock washer would make this perfect.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great stabilizing tool on a slippery river bed - 5/23/2013
    By: from Pawlet, VT
    Top 250 Contributor

    This is a great wading staff. We purchased it as a gift for my grandfather, 82, who's fished many long years. He's enjoyed using the staff since we got it for him for our trip up to the Miramichi. The collapsible design is really great for travel and staying out of the way when you're just trying to fish.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    My staff comforts me - 4/16/2013
    By: from Stillwater River, MA

    I really like the staff. It's solid, it collapses small for travel, it has a nice extension for removing a fly from where it's hung up, and gives me peace of mind while I'm wading (important for a 69 year old whose balance isn't what it used to be). My only negative (bringing my eval down to 4 stars) is that the strap/buckle for attaching the staff to your body isn't easy to use, nor is its intended attachment mechanism obvious.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Best stick - 12/29/2012

    Well made, perfect for the job. Bought a cheaper one and it only lasted on two fishing trips.

  • 4/5 stars 4/5

    Very Stable - 10/4/2012

    This wading staff is very strong and stable. I am a big guy and it never came apart nor bent like others I have used. When in the holster the handle does ride a bit high kind of jabbing you in the ribs while hiking. Other than that I would highly recomend this staff.

  • 3/5 stars 3/5

    tip came off - 9/17/2012

    This wading staff is sturdy. However, on my second outing the tip came off in the water, which I did not realize until I returned to the car. Not sure what happened but I never touched the tip myself. It either came unscrewed or broke under pressure. Now I have to buy the accessory kit. Because of that failure I cannot recommend this staff. Otherwise it seems ok.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Compare and you'll buy this one! - 6/10/2012
    By: from Western Colorado

    The internal cord locks this wading staff together. This means if you stick it in mud or between a couple of rocks it doesn't come apart, like all the others, when you pull it out for the next placement. Big increase in safety for wading in difficult situations. Usual great Orvis quality.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    best staff ever - 6/5/2012
    By: from Kent, United Kingdom
    Top 25 Contributor

    don't go fishing without it , this could save your life,

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  • Ripcord Wading Staff $149.00
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