I don't like waders, unless it's a must for colder temps. Always have your fins at least near. It's much easier to fish when you're not having to row. Rod holders are almost a must. I will also tell you that ya need to get that thing down a river. Maybe the Colorado through Pumphouse or Radium. It's so much more fun going down a river rather than putzing around a lake. But that's just my opinion! That bout will handle a fun class III river no problem. And to be honest it could go through a class IV if need be. Not suggested unless you're fairly experienced however! Also, always wear your life vest. Especially if you have waders on!