I'm 40 (still a kid). I grew up on a slow, muddy river and have been fishing with my family since before I can remember. I started fly fishing in my mid 20s. I wet fish all the time for trout and a lot of the time for bass. I just can't seem to stay out of the water. It drives my dad crazy because he has to get wet to keep up. I wear shorts and usually go barefoot in the cool, fast waters. I might throw on a pair of sneakers if I plan on mucking in warmer waters. Might wear jeans if there are a lot of leaches or other stuff. I try to be careful about getting stuck in mud but it happens. I have lost a few sneakers but otherwise have stayed out of trouble.