<i>"If you allow yourself to wade into dangerous situations when using a staff, you're defintely not using the staff properly."</i>
First of all let me say how good it is to have an Ausable outfitter in our community. I sincerely hope we can exchange trips with you sometime.
As I read your post I recall my wading experience on the Thompson River in BC with Tyler, Brian and Bill last month. In case you missed the partial trip report, here's a <!--http--><a href="http://188.8.131.52/cgi-bin/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.pl?Action=ShowPost&Board=steelhead&Post =125" target="_blank">link</a><!--url-->. I am finishing up the whole enchilada in a Destinations article called "living large" (almost done).
Anyway, can you elaborate on what you said above? I found myself being very confident with the staff and had to remind myself not to go too far. I became a huge believer from that trip BTW.