This will be my first winter where I really plan to get out and fish some rivers hard. I've normally only river fished in summer/late summer conditions where there is less water, warmer temperature and way less danger. Most of those times I've just waded into the water with running shoes.
So, I'm wondering what some of you more experienced guys would suggest for gear when its freezing cold and you're wearing waders. Is wearing a belt on the outside of your waders essential? what about an inflatable pfd? wading staff?
I'm sure common sense and just being a little careful is the most important thing. But, there's often that temptation to just take that extra step to open up an easier cast lol. I often fish alone so I thought I should ask. I've yet to fall in wearing waders so I dont really know what its like