Here in Ohio, it's been a very hot summer & many are wet wading. Hot as it may be, I am NOT one of those. As a kid (50-55 years ago) I did, but no more. In my opinion, there are just too many potential hazards, including bacteria & debris to take that chance. I guess I look at it like carrying a wading staff or wearing a good hat....It only takes ONE time of needing that protection & not having it available to result in illness, injury, or possibly even death.
Just curious as to others practices.
Another interesting side of this is how many years you have fished (ANY type fishing) along with your opinion about wet wading.
I have avidly fished for over 55 years..wet wading?..No.