"As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved to fish"      

        When i was 5 years old I would be content to fish for hours as long as dad put a worm on the hook once in a while. Many years have past since my childhood but time did not diminish my zeal for fishing.
        One day I found myself fishing Lake Ontario tributaries for spawning salmonoids. This was a new experience for me and I found the challenge of trying to land 20-30 lb. king salmon alot of fun. The more I fished up north the more I heard about steelhead (sea run or lake run rainbow trout that grow to large sizes). I learned that many experienced steelhead anglers consider a successful day just catching a steelhead and many fishermen have spent years without catching a steelhead.
        I soon became determined to catch a steelhead and set dates to head north when the fish were in the river. I learned first hand just how difficult these fish were to catch. Two trips of fishing from dawn to dusk produced not even hooking one of these fish.
        I planned a 3 day trip in late October, the first two days produced nothing, but at the end of the second day, I found a pool that was holding steelhead, so I planned to be there first thing in the morning. It was still dark when I arrived at the river. After 20 minutes, another fisherman approached and asked if I minded if he fished the pool also. Not minding, I said, "sure", and he started fishing about 10 feet downstream. I was surprised that he quickly hooked a steelhead and played the fish down river. He came back and hooked another fish. I soon lost count of how many fish he hooked. I hooked on the same type of fly as he had on but nothing worked. I simply couldn't hook up with a fish.
        Seeing my frustration, he came over and gave me some pointers. He told me a large run of steelhead were in the river and that I needed to use a longer, lighter leader and change my drift. Doing what he suggested, it didn't take long before a large steelhead took the fly and raced down stream. After a twenty five minute battle I landed a 13 1/2 pound steelhead - a real trophy.

                              BUT THAT WASN'T MY CATCH OF A LIFETIME...

        I was working as a mail handler moving sacks of mail from tractor trailers. One night I was taken back when a driver named Tom asked me if I felt I was going to heaven. I thought for a minute, being a regular church attender and what most people would think of as a nice guy, and said, "probably."
        We got together a short time later and Tom shared from the Bible that no one deserves heaven by being what they feel is a good person. The Bible says that there is no one good, no, not one (Romans 3:10) and that all have sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23).


        Jesus said "The only way to the Father is through Me" (John 14:6). Most people know Jesus died on the cross for sin, but they fail to realize that He died for their sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (hell) but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). Even if people think we're good we still need Christ, without Him we are doomed to hell, which the Bible describes as the lake of fire and eternal torment (Revelation 20:10).
        It doesn't matter how bad or how good you think you've been, Christ loves you and His death on the cross is sufficient to cover your sins. All you need to do is let Him into your life. Christ says, "Behold, I stand before the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" (Revelation 3:20). That door is your heart.
        Don't be like I was and feel that you are good enough to get into heaven or let pride get in the way. Life is short, the Bible says that it is like a vapor that soon passes away (James 4:14). Everything we possess on earth, we will leave behind when we die. Jesus said, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul" (Mark 8:36).


        ...remember that Christ can change your life. All you need to do is give Him the opportunity.
        You can ask Him to come into your life right where you are now. All it takes is a simple prayer like, "Jesus, I know I don't deserve to go to heaven and that I'm a sinner. I accept what You did on the cross for payment of my sins. Please come into my life." But don't stop there. Jesus said, "Take up your cross and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).


        1. Get a Bible and start to read it.
        2. Find a church where the Bible is taught as the infallible Word of God and attend regularly.
        3. Pray daily. Find a time that you can spend in prayer every day.
        Committing to these 3 things will help you grow as a Christian.
        I can now catch steelhead on a regular basis, but this has taken committment to practice different techniques and alot of reading on these fish to learn about them.
        The more you read the Bible and pray, the more you will learn about God.
        Please consider this - if you forget me and this tract you've lost nothing, but if you forget Christ, you've lost everything.
                                                    Bob Delonas

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Current River Conditions

Weekly Update Jan 20,2017 The Delaware is open and fishable, but check the boat launch you may be using there are large ice chunks on the banks in some areas. You may need to clear a path for a boat launch, bring a coal shovel and maul. The launch we used on Wednesday was clear and the Walleye bite was good and nine fish were boated. The river is off color and running higher than normal for this time of year, most of the fish were taken on Kietch jigs and a few on shinners. The weekend looks like good weather with the possibilty a lot of rain Monday, which could blow out the river. The fish are in the normal holding areas this time of the year. Also got some reports from the sport shop of other Walleye fishermen catching fish as well. For the ice fishermen the reports have been good, but that ice is getting marginal be safe check the ice before venturing out.   Jan 13,2017 Considering trying to fish the Delaware today before the temprature drops. The Walleyes are starting to locate near the usual areas that they group in this time of the year. Tributary mouths where the water is a little warmer and closer to there spawning areas.There is supposed to be a warm next week, if the weather does what it says it will do, late next week could offer ideal winter fishing on the river. In Pike county the ice fishing reports have been good with the usual Bass, Perch and Pickerel. The cold weather coming in tonight schould retain the ice for the weekend and into next week.  Jan 6,2017 Took the short window of oppurtunity and fished the Delaware on Wednesday. The boat launch had large chunks of ice that needed some manicuring and the boat needed to be slid over a two foot high ice mound, the river was muddy and on the high side. Despite less than ideal conditions six Walleyes were boated only one was less than 18 inches. Cold weather is in store for the weekend and once again lock up the river. The warm and cold weather this winter have been less than ideal for the ice fishermen as well not giving safe ice to the larger bodies of water. This weekend might change that but windy weather is predicted on Sunday and a warm up again on Wednesday. The fishermen I have talked to our itching to ice fish, likewise many would like to be on the river. Lets see what this week brings.12/30/16 The Delaware opened up with the warm weather, it looked fishable near the Milford area. Warm and rainy weather predicted Monday and Tuesday which may give a short fishing oppurtunity. January is usually a good month to fish the river for Walleye if it is open, the fish are starting to school. Past Januarys we have boated twenty plus Walleye in an afternoon.  The local lakes, ice has been a little sketchy with the warm weather, the smaller water still looks safe. Did see reports of a small winter run of Steelies hit the Salmon river Pulaski early in the week. Cold weather is predicted late next week but it is wait and see if that pattern will hold to ice fish the larger lakes.  


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