Re: Hip waders or boots?
I wear wading 'pant' length waders now. Once your in water so high that it pushes on your core,,you can get in trouble in a hurry. Now that varies with the water, granted.
The trout streams I fish, near waste deep is plenty.
If I ever get to fish big water regularly, things might change but that's the limit I set now. I suppose good chest waders than you can fold down the top would be really the best option.
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.