"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
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.
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
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).
LIKE FISHING FOR STEELHEAD, I THOUGHT MY METHOD WAS RIGHT, BUT I WAS WRONG.
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).
IF YOU FEEL THERE IS SOMETHING MISSING IN YOUR LIFE...
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
HERE ARE THREE THINGS THAT CAN HELP YOU FOLLOW HIM:
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.
|20 lb salmon river steelie
|Delaware river walleye
|Delaware river winter walleye
|Delaware stringer winter eyes
Weekly Update 10/13/17 The Delaware as well as fishing across the board was better this week. Smallies
were on the feed in the Delaware and Walleyes were on the feed after dark. The river is low and clear, light line amd
flurocarbon leaders will help you connect with more fish. Reports of large trout stocked in NJ streams last week, low and
clear water are causing issues. Better reports on the ocean front , some nice Stripers and larger Blues are being caught.
Wind has been a problem for both the boats and surf fishermen. The Salmon river Pulaski seem to be in a transition from
Salmon to Steelhead. The next few weeks will tell if there will be a decent push of Steelhead this Fall. 10/07/17
The only good fishing reports came in from up north, Pulaski. They are having the best Salmon run in a few years, Cohos and
Kings. There are fish being caught the entire length of the Salmon river. Back home the bite on the Delaware has slowed to
a Summer like condition. One report of a fisherman trying for Walleyes and Smallies giving that up and switching to Catfish.
He did well and backed up the report with pictures. Rain is in the forecast for Monday, also a mid week cool down. This schould
improve conditions across the board, NJ is doing there Fall Trout stocking, hope there is enough rain to increase to a decent
flow in the Streams. Lakes and the Ocean posts were all a slow down blamed on the heat and full moon. Lets see what this week
brings, the leaves are changhing color at least its starting to look like Fall. 10/03/17 The Delaware is fishing well,
Smallies during the day and a decent Walleye bite at dark and after. The water is very clear, so if your fishing Smallies
going to lighter line or a flurocarbon leader will be more productive. Shad are moving down river with most
of the fish targeting them, Shinners are a hot bait but minnow like lures and jigs are working. The fish are in the runs and
moving into deeper water. The Salmon river Pulaski are getting some good runs of Salmon, the best in three years. Local
lakes are also active with Bass, Perch and Pickerel going into a Fall feeding pattern, late afternoon has been the best time.
The shore action is mainly up north, Raritin bay Sandy Hook areas with Blues moving in and feeding on abundant bait. 9/19/17
The Delaware river continues to fish well with Smallies schooling in the runs and Walleyes mixed in. My son fished the river
this past week on a drift and did well with Smallies and some nice Walleyes. The fish are on a active feed and are taking
a variety of lures and bait. I have been fishing the surf this week and the mullet are running the surf with Stripers and
Blues on them, the Stripers have been puting up hard runs in the rough surf , have lost more than were landed. The local lakes
are also fishing better with reports of Bass, Perch and Pickerel caught. This is more of a traditional September with the
fish on a active feed, the best that I have seen in three years, dont miss out.
Salt water Reports
Lackawaxen Water Flow
East Branch Water flow
West branch water flow
NPS site Delaware river info and map upper river
Pennsylvania Sportsmen Portal
salmon river reports
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