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Carbon fiber wading staff
Posted by: Mark D Schulte (---)
Date: April 20, 2021 04:56PM

I searched and only found a few posts. I know it's a little off topic but Has anyone made a multi piece wading staff and if so what did you use. I'd like to make one for a customer but not sure what to use.
Thanks as always
Mark

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Re: Carbon fiber wading staff
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: April 20, 2021 05:21PM

I've made many of them from some carbon 50lb trolling rod blanks I picked up at one of the very early Expos. But they weren't multi-piece. If the customer requires that the staff break down, you're going to have to come up with a good idea. A standard ferrule won't work for obvious reasons. Maybe the twist-lock collapsable type used on sailboat extendable tillers, but they're made in place so you'd have to source one of those.

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Re: Carbon fiber wading staff
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: April 20, 2021 05:37PM

Mark,
I do not know how long and/or stout of a staff you are considering but the first thing that came to my pea=brain was a hiking “trekking pole”. Gaffs are usually FG and rather heavy and a stout enough CF rod with a large enough OD on the small end would be quite expensive if you could even locate one. If you can only find a 1-piece tapered staff to your specs, simply make it as many sections as you want incorporating CARL ferrules. One way or the other, it sounds like an expensive staff!

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!! BUILDING YOUR OWN SIMPLY ENHANCES THE EXPERIENCE.

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Re: Carbon fiber wading staff
Posted by: Dennis Danku (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: April 20, 2021 11:22PM

Use the same principle as the backpackers folding tent poles, that have bungee cord inside them. You'll have to get a gaff blank and make CARL ferrules and then insert the bungee cord.

Dennis J. Danku
(Sayreville,NJ)

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Re: Carbon fiber wading staff
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: April 21, 2021 12:59PM

Mark,
Dennis’ suggestion of the bungee cord is a great idea; and the internal spigot ferrule of CARL is tubular allowing the bungee to pass through.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!! BUILDING YOUR OWN SIMPLY ENHANCES THE EXPERIENCE.

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Re: Carbon fiber wading staff
Posted by: Mark D Schulte (---)
Date: April 21, 2021 05:06PM

Thanks. I was wanting to use bungee and ferrules. I'll probably have to make my own

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