"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 09/09/16 Hazy, Hot, Humid, Hermine, all these factors have been keeping fisherman
off the water. If the weatherman is correct more reasonable weather will be here Saturday night and with it more reports.
The Delaware river is fishing well for Smallies which are feeding on the schools of shad fry. The down side has been the heat
and the green slime floating in the river, my outing last week went to small hooks and short casts. September has
been a good month for me in the past with Catfish and Stripers after dark. The shore action, Hermine has kept a
majority of boat and surf fishermen off the water, this month usually is a good month for Flounder and cocktail Blues
starting to feed on Mullet and Peanuts starting thier migration south. Up north there has been increased flow on the Salmon
river with a few Kings reported seen and caught. 09/02/16 The Smallie bite on the river is good, lots of fingerling
Shad schooling with the fish going on a heavy feed. But there is a lot of green gook floating down the river getting caught
on lures. I fished the river yesterday afternoon and compensated with bait on size 8 hooks and keeping the casts short while
drifting the current. Smaller jigs schould work also fished in the same manner. The shore action is rough water with Hermine,
very few fishing. There were not many reports with local lakes, but they may start fishing better with the water starting
to get a little cooler. 08/23/16 My son fished the river this weekend and had a good time catching Smallies on jigs and lures.
With the cooler weather this week the bite schould get even better. The reports on the computer are still some nice Catfish
being taken after dark and some large Walleyes hiting top water and lures after dark. The fishermen getting the Walleyes are
covering some water and putting in time. September is close, expect the Smallies and Walleyes to start feeing heavy on Shad
fry and rapalas and shinners will be effective in bringing them to the net. 08/05/16 We got the much needed rain
and some extra. The guages on the Delaware all reported a increased water flow wih a cool down of ten degrees. With
the rain not many river reports, with the better flow and cooler water the Smallie bite schould be on. This schould be a good
week to do a drift trip, throwing lures and jigs. There were a couple of reports of Catfish caught at dark, heavy
rain usually puts them on the feed. The local lakes still have reports of Bass being caught. The salt water reports are still
consistent Flounder fishing, large ones still being taken often.
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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