Curious what youre finding in terms of boots that are suitable for hiking and wet wading.
Last summer I had the grand idea of hiking 5+ miles 2-3k down into a canyon with My Simms and Wading socks so it would make wet wading safer on a backcountry trip. It wasn't bad coming down, but coming back up, they were sopping wet, which made them heavvvvy which was a PIA.
Salmon spawn in water generally too cold for wet wading.Regarding my original post, now that I have thought about it some more, I think there is some merit to the concern.
Even as far up as Olallie State Park, the Snoqualmie forks have random pieces of steel sheeting and wire. I imagine getting cut by those would be a good way to get tetanus. With all the historical meth lab activity in the middle fork, wet wading there probably isn't wise either.
As someone mentioned earlier, decaying salmon carcasses are presumably not human friendly. Some rivers I fish can really stink, at certain times of the year.
I shudder to think of the things you could find in the lower section of Cedar River.
I still plan to wet wade alpine lakes, because carrying waders is impractical and those waters are pristine. However, I am going to make sure I wear pants and keep the leeches off.