Brand new member. Have fished for pike and smallmouth in Canada for years and now, through this site, realize that there's great pike and smallie fishing right here. My question is - from, lets say the Cascade/Chuckery area and upstream, is it ok to wade the river in just shorts and old tennies. I know, health-wise, downstream from Akron would be a no-no, but is it ok upstream, and does anybody else do it? I'm just cheap and don't want to buy waders unless I have to. I have a canoe, but it would be nice to just wade sometimes and not goof around with it. Thanks!