I was wearing rubber chest waders 30 years ago, and lost my footing in a
swift current. I didn't go far, but that was enough to keep me in hip boots
for the next 25 years.
A few years ago, I was fishing the Schuylkill River for smallmouth. I had my
snazzy new chest waders on, and knew that the the river had two sandbars
(where the water dropped down to about 1 foot in depth), and that the
second channel was a good spot for smallie action. Soooo.....I waded up to
my navel, got into ankle deep water, and then back up to my navel. The
fishing was good, but when I turned back to look at the bank, it seemed a
million miles away
. Needless to say, wading back was much more tricky,
and despite following what I thought was the same path, the water was
much deeper. To make matters worse, the spool on my reel fell off somehow,
and I was in chest deep water. I had little choice but to stand there gathering the line and the 100yards of backing in my hands until the spool
could be lifted. That actually got my mind off the mistake of walking out as
far as I did, and I managed to stay calm and make it back.
I have fallen into the water getting out of my canoe. After sitting for 2-3
hours, one of my legs always falls asleep, and just when I think it's safe
to get out of the canoe, my leg doesn't realize that it was supposed to wake
. The last time that happened was this past December. I was wearing
hippers, and lying in 6 inches of water. The people at the adjacent fishing
pier must have thought I was drinking...LOL!!