"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 6/23/17 Fished the Delaware late yesterday. The river was a little off color with lots of dead Shad and Shad in the zombie mode. There was a slow pick of mixed fish with a fiesty 15 inch Striper. Stayed after dark and put a 21 inch and 19 inch Walleye in the boat trolling. The fishing for Smallies schould  improve in the weeks ahead. Mixed reports on the lakes and sterams, fishing late or early is the best time to be on the water.6/16/17 Fished the Delaware on Wednesday, 6pm to dark. The flow was good and off color with previous rains. Lots of Shad in the death mode, trolled, best action just prior to dark, 3 Walleyes to 19 inches and 3 Perch caught. Smallmoth Bass opens tommorow and it schould be good with the river flow and cooler weather. Fishermen covering water by boat or canoe have already been connecting with a good number of Smallies using lures, jigs and bait. Reports of Stripers and Catfish being caught after dark. Trout streams have been fishing well with decent flows. The local lakes are fishing best prior to dark, mid day has been slow. Still lots of Bluefish being caught with more reports of Flounder with the water warming. 6/9/17 Checked the Delaware about 1pm today, it is still high and to off color for most fishing. Where the tribs hit and working Catfish it would be good. I plan on fishing the river mid week for Walleyes and Catfish, by then it schould be clear with a good flow. We fished the Sandy Hook area by boat yesterday, a large concentration of Bluefish were in the area. They were in the feeding mode, saw surf fisherman with there share of fish also. The Flounder bite was far more diffucult, one 19 incher did make its way in the boat. The heat will be on this week, fish early or late for the best results. 6/2/17 Fished the Delaware Wednesday late in the day, lots of surface action, schould have had the fly rod. Dark came and it was game on, Walleye, Smallie, Perch and a 6 lb Channelcat were landed in short order. Thinking it would be a great night to the thunder storm came and was glad to have safely got the boat trailered and be in my truck. The river looks great nice flow and color, saw some Shad but that is close to done. Fishing the river late and near the tribs schould be good for Catfish, Walleye and possible Striper this week. The Surf action was great blitzes of Blues and some Stripers on Wednesday, Thursdays reports were few fish to be found. Local lakes and streams schould fish well this week especially if fished late in the day. The cooler tempratures and rain were getting are condusive to keeping the fish on the feed.  5/26/2017 This is the usual transition time for fishing as there is a shift to a more summer pattern. But the weather has been cool and that late spring fishing is hanging on and a slow start to a more summer pattern. The Delaware, the Shad are still on with just a few starting to die off. Above rt 80 they are still actively hitting Shad darts and catching ten fish is common on a outting. Walleyes, Catfish and some Stripers have been on the prowl at dark and being caught where the tribs hit the river. Trout fishing has also been good in the local streams with good flows and cooler water. I fished Sandy Hook on Wednesday, key areas were closed due to nesting birds. But still did fairly well around high tide on Stripers and Blues using bait. The weather is good for fishing the lakes this weekend also with cool tempratures and overcast conditions, work those shorelines. 


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