Avoid High Water
Sudden rains, flash floods and snowmelt all cause rivers to raise quickly to the tops of their banks. Never step in moving water that is up or over the river banks as you can be swept away in an instant.
If You Cannot See Bottom...
Do not step there! That is a rule that has kept many a river angler safe for decades. Watch where your next step is going to be, making sure you can clearly see the river bottom at all times.
Wear Polarized Glasses
Polarized glasses cut down on the surface glare allowing you to see further in the water. This is the most important tool in your arsenal as it will help you avoid tripping over underwater obstructions such as rocks, stumps and logs.
Use a Wading Staff
Wading staffs are a great tool, especially on rivers with limited visibility and slippery bottoms. Use the staff to check the path ahead of you and as a support when dealing with heavy currents.
Wear The Proper Boots
Wading boots with the proper sole will help anglers grip slick river bottoms. Look for boots with felt soles or studded soles as these material work wonders by gripping slimy river rocks.