I don't know why it took me so long but I've just started using my old (collapsible) Snowbee wading stick on night marks. These usually need 20m of wading through shallow, weedy,rocky water to reach the kelp beds, and at night that's hard work. I never go more than knee/thigh deep but a stick gives you that extra stability, and you're not tempted to switch your headlamp on. I attach it to my belt with a lanyard, and it doesn't get in my way. I won't fish without now- do any of you use them?