Re: Wade fishing question....
Up river cross current at an angle is the most stable.
Rule # 1: Momentum is not your friend. Keep one foot planted before shifting your weight to the other foot.
Rule 2: Never step on a rock. Put your foot on the bottom. Rocks are slippery and bad things will happen.
Rule 3: Whether to get out depends on where you are. As a matter of common sense, yes. But some states say its public to the mean high water mark and others make you have tostay in the stream bed if fishing private land. Know your local law.
Hope this helps.