When I'm gearing up stream side, I always glance over at the staff folded snug in its sheath. I never bring it out on small streams but always bring it on anything wider than an easy cast. A few weeks ago the low water tempted me into thinking that the Housy's boulders would be less slick and the wading easier. I left the staff in the car.
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
Only by the grace of God and some small miracle a wobbly moment left one arm wet to the elbow and the waders, thankfully, not topped.
Which brings us to Painfully Obvious Tip™ #4:
If you have a wading staff, bring the friggin thing. You might not need it. But when you do, it's better if it's on your hip instead of the car or the garage.Stay safe out there.