I slip&slide occasionally while fishing the tribs-haven't gotten wet yet!!-and have been thinking of some kind of pole for wading. At Marc's right now in their buy-outs section, they have an aluminum, extending cane with a wrist sling for ~$4! I got the wife two for health walking and myself one I'm about to try today for steelie hunting! The rubber tip comes off to expose a hardened tip which leads me to think it's like a X-country ski pole maybe. Check them out. I got mine in Hartville.