"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 4/27/2017 The big action on the Delaware are the Shad, the best run in decades.
Reports of good fishing from Lambertville up river to Narrowsburg. Both bank and boat fishermen are doing well mainly
using Shad darts. The top of runs have been the hot spots. Catfish and Walleye are being caught at dark with a couple of Striper
reports. Area lakes are also turning on, we fished yesterday and found the Crappies schooled up and hungry near
the shore line. Fatheads worked best but they were also caught on Jigs, lots of Bass were also near the shoreline
and hungry, Bass is closed so quickly release them. The salt water was more miss then hit but the water cooled down again. There
were more and better reports then last week, Blues and Stripers. A warm up this week schould bring these fish on a heavy
feed and worth a trip. 4/21/17 The Shad run is on in the Delaware. If you havent pursued Shad before, or in a long
time, this may be the year to do it. Lots of reports of Shad being caught along the entire river, and big numbers to. Both
bank and boat fishermen are doing well. There are also reports of Catfish after dark. This is also a good time of the
year to fish where the tribs enter the river with fish staging and spawning in these areas, giving the oppurtunity for banking
something large. Mixed reports from the lake fishermen, with the changing tempratures turning fish off and on. Trout streams
have very nice flows and Trout being caught on a variety of lures and bait. Salt water reports are on the slow side with
the boats marking plenty of fish, but water tempratures dropped slowing the bite, schould turn on big any time. 4/14/17
Good Friday, Thank you Lord for being willing to die for us. The Delaware is still running high and off color. Bank fished
Wednesday and Thursday. Did not catch any Walleyes but there were a good number of Smallies caught. Other fishermen did land
some good sized Walleyes this past week. The best areas to fish this upcoming week schould be the trib mouths with the
cleaner water. With the big push of water the Trout stocked streams will have Stockies and a variety of other fish in those
areas. The trib mouths are just a prime location in general this time of year. Everyting that swims in the Delaware are waiting
for dinner to roll out of the tribs. Smallie season is closed on the river starting tommorow and will reopen mid June.
PA Trout opener tommorow and the streams and weather look good. Doing some travel on the stream banks may prove productive
as the heavy stream flows last week were bound to move some fish down stream. There are more reports of Stripers being
caught in the Raritan and it schould continue to improve in the upcoming weeks. 4/7/2017 Fished the
Delaware a few times this week with no sucess. The water was to high to bank and boat fish. With the rain yesterday again
it will be wait it out. Hopefully by mid week, the fish schould all be in close proximity to the bank. There schould
be some very good fishing from the bank for Smallies and Walleye, mid week. NJ trout opener tommorow, it will be the
same story, high water, cold and windy. The benifit, it will move the trout around for when conditions improve. There were
more posts of better salt water action with Stripers caught, mostly schoolies with a few legal bass in the mix. The weather
predicted is much better next week, by mid week the fishing schould improve in all areas .
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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