Once you decide to proceed, it’s important to take it slow. The only exception would be on a sandy or silty bottom that you might get stuck in. Most of these streams flow over rocky or gravel bottom, and the cobble requires you to take your time. You will have to fight the current the whole way across, so make sure you always have solid footing. Move only one foot at a time. First, probe the streambed in front of you with your poles, then plant them securely. Next, step with your upstream foot, and once you have secure footing, bring your downstream foot forward, get solid footing with that foot, and repeat.