Re: Waders vs. Shorts
As previously mentioned I wouldn't fish AK without them,also I wear Waders if Fishing in Lakes where the water is cold as it is usually late evenings & night time.
When I fish our local rivers,Creeks & Streams I mainly just wear Jeans & Boots or Rubber Boots if I'm fishing in a Snake enviroment.
If I'm fishing cleared Gravel areas I will wear shorts & if it's hot sometimes I will go Swimming.
I remember many years ago Wading & Fishing when a large Tiger Snake went down the current between my Legs,later a friend asked if I saw it as my father was walking along a track above & frightened it into the water.
Many times since I've also encountered them,I've also fished among Crocodiles & Bears.