Here are a lucky 13 spots for wet-wading. Some I've tried, some come recommended. Remember, use caution when wading until you know a place well.
1) The Potomac River at Swain's Lock, off River Road just above Potomac, Md. The Swains rent johnboats and skiffs, and there's plenty of water to wade. Advice, bait and tackle available at the lock house.
2) Potomac at Violet's Lock, off River Road further upstream. Probably the most extensive wading around, as the river tumbles over Seneca Breaks for a mile or so.
3) Point of Rocks Bridge where Route 15 crosses the Potomac. Wade upstream from the bridge in an area local fly fishermen call one of the best smallmouth stretches in the East.
4) Monocacy River at Route 28 bridge near Frederick, Md. A sleepy, low-water creek that has its share of bass and bluegills. Very safe.
5) Potomac at Brunswick, Md. There's a boat ramp and much wadeable water at Brunswick Municipal Park two miles south of town.
6) Potomac above and below the Route 340 Bridge at Sandy Hook, Md.
7) Potomac below Dam 3, five miles upstream from Harpers Ferry. Best access is from West Virginia shore.
8) Potomac at Packhorse Ford, about two miles below Shepherdstown, W. Va. Access from either side.
9) Patapsco at Ellicott City, Md., above and below the flour mill in the middle of town.
10) South Fork of the Shenandoah between Luray, Va., and Bentonville, Va. (check with Joe Sottosanti at Shenandoah River Outfitters).
11) North Fork of the Shenandoah between Woodstock, Va., and Edinburg, Va. (check with Harry Murray, who sells tackle at the People's Drug in Edinburg).
12) Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Va. (check at Chesley's Tackle Shop in town).
13) Lower Rapidan below Orange, Va.