Thanks, Matching Mole, for the clear explanation.We use bamboo sticks in the UK for similar purposes. We call them canes, usually. Rod is also a good word for such a stick, including very long thin lengths of wood. Staff is usually reserved for a tall walking stick (as used by wizards!) and for ceremonial rods carried in the hand.
As Matching Mole explained so well, staffs I associate with walking. Yes, long sticks, long wooden sticks, wooden sticks all seem ok for me. I also like the idea of wooden poles. Rods for me aren't wooden though.Thanks, merquiades.
Can you tell the reason why it's not wooden staffs in this case? Aren't sticks synonymous with staffs? By the way, is it also right to just call it long sticks?