Yeah, the dry suit vs waders... that's why I haven't done this earlier. Could justify the dry suit cost, and waders would be too risky and limiting.
waters will be cold, at least after several hours, thus I opted for the dry suite route.
what happens if I loose contact with the bottom? I'll scream! :-)
Not sure yet. I plan to start easy and test it slow and in safe waters, and take it from there.