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2016 was also the year of the wading staff for me. Parkinson's Disease can make you stiff and slow. If you can't move as fast as you used to, it's harder to keep your balance, even on normal flat surfaces. I don't dare set foot into a stream without my staff on my belt. And I've found that it doesn't cause any inconvenience at all! It's tethered to my belt, so I can wade into position and just drop it at my side to start casting. And I've found it essential for stepping down into or climbing out of the water. Even if I'm wet wading, I buckle my Wingo belt (American made!) around my waist with the staff in its holster. When I get to the water, it's deployed in 10 seconds.