I've begun having left inner knee pain (knee surgeries run in the family). Up until now I thought I was immune. Im 36 and had been in the masonry/tile industry for a while. I guess Im finally starting to pay for it. I just got a folding staff and a retractor to use on the big rivers. My only honest forseeable issue with it is while casting my spey rod. I feel like its just another thing for my running line to get wrapped up in. I havent been out to use it yet. Do any of you find that it is a pain while wading and some running line out?QUOTE]
I lock the retractor with the grip at my hip, the staff dangling behind me...never has been an issue with my running line hanging up.
Re: your knee...Look into getting a Durolane injection in your knee...just had mine done...huge help.