"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).

    JUST 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...

        ...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).

                   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.
                                                    Bob Delonas

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Delaware river walleye
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Delaware river winter walleye
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Current River Conditions

Weekly Update 12/09/16 The Delaware was on the beginning of the week with the water still on the high side and off color. But that was then, it is now low and clear, fished hard with boat on Wednesday afternoon with three takes on slowly trolled shinners and one large Smallie boated. Weather forcast is cold weather moving in, the fishing schould remain on the slow side for the near future. The salt water reports have been similar with a hot Striper, Bluefish bite the beginning of the week and non existent in todays reports. The only good posts that on the Web were from the Lake Erie tribs with good water flows and Steelies being caught. 12/02/16 The fat lady sings, Ron from the fisherman use this phrase and hanged up the poles this week because of the poor fishing this Fall. Likewise has been the lament of many others this season, low water on the rivers and poor surf. But the rain this week has pushed up the Delaware to the highest levels this Fall. We fished it yesterday and had a hard time due to the wind and debris flowing down stream but still managed a few nice Smallies and a short Walleye. But today conditions schould be much more favorable and if you like Walleye this is the best oppurtunity so far this Fall try and get out. The Smallies yesterday were close to the bank and the Walleyes schould be in that proximity for the next few days. There was epic surf fishing last week, the best this Fall. But the weather has flipped around and not many braved the elements the past five days, today is the first fishable day, watch the reports tonight and see if bait and fish are still here. 11/25/16 Fished the Delaware on Saturday before the cold windy weather set in. There were good reports from a couple of morning fishermen and anticipation of a good trip for us. But the fish bite was not there had lots of hits on shinners but that was what they would do hit and let go before the hook set. Ended up with 5 Smallies and one just keeper Walleye at dark, all fish were caught on shinners could not get a hit on a jig. Looking at next weeks weather which is in the mid fortys tempratures, more showers with some heavier rain, less wind. Taking a trip to the river might be very worthwhile, this is usually a good time of year for Walleyes and the best bite seems to come on the rainy days. The wind slowed down at the shore and the boats have had a decent bite the last two days with Large Blues 15 to 20 pounds and Stripers. That window of oppurtunity is starting to close, get it while you can, have heavy shads if you go. Also saw reports of decent Sttelhead fishing on the Salmon river Pulaski, the best since late October.   11/18/16 There are more frequent reports of Walleyes being caught and some large ones in the mix. Staying to dark and after as well as puting the time in is key. Colder weather is predicted next week, more fish will drop back into deeper water. Lively shinners are hard to beat, have a pole set up with jigs to. With the water this low a boat is a big advantage, work the drop offs and seams. Fished the sea hunter Atlantic Highlands yesterday we caught some nice Stripers and Blues, but the bait and fish are on the move it might be best to wait a few days before a trip. The reports today were very slow.  11/11/16 Thank You Vets. Two trips on the Delaware this week connected with Smallies and Walleyes. The river is low and very clear, light line or adding fluro carbon leaders will improve your fish to hook ratio. The Smallie bite seemed to end by 3.30 both trips and the Walleye bite was on just before dark. Drifting the deep slow water was the only way that the fish were caught, all on Shinners. The fishing was on the slow side for this time of year, but the fish are there, a good heavy rain is needed. The local lakes are fishing well, with not many fishermen on them. The salt water is still doing well for the Belmar boats with Stripers and Blues, Raritin bay is more hit or miss the past week. The surf is producing mostly short Stripers, But larger Bass and Blues have made some blitzes the past week.  



LINKS

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

weather information

salmon river reports

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