"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 Jan 20,2017 The Delaware is open and fishable, but check the boat launch you may be using
there are large ice chunks on the banks in some areas. You may need to clear a path for a boat launch, bring a coal shovel
and maul. The launch we used on Wednesday was clear and the Walleye bite was good and nine fish were boated. The river
is off color and running higher than normal for this time of year, most of the fish were taken on Kietch jigs and a few
on shinners. The weekend looks like good weather with the possibilty a lot of rain Monday, which could blow out
the river. The fish are in the normal holding areas this time of the year. Also got some reports from the sport shop of other
Walleye fishermen catching fish as well. For the ice fishermen the reports have been good, but that ice is getting marginal
be safe check the ice before venturing out. Jan 13,2017 Considering trying to fish the Delaware today before
the temprature drops. The Walleyes are starting to locate near the usual areas that they group in this time of the
year. Tributary mouths where the water is a little warmer and closer to there spawning areas.There is supposed to be a warm next
week, if the weather does what it says it will do, late next week could offer ideal winter fishing on the river. In Pike
county the ice fishing reports have been good with the usual Bass, Perch and Pickerel. The cold weather coming in tonight
schould retain the ice for the weekend and into next week. Jan 6,2017 Took the short window of oppurtunity
and fished the Delaware on Wednesday. The boat launch had large chunks of ice that needed some manicuring and the boat needed
to be slid over a two foot high ice mound, the river was muddy and on the high side. Despite less than ideal conditions six
Walleyes were boated only one was less than 18 inches. Cold weather is in store for the weekend and once again lock up the
river. The warm and cold weather this winter have been less than ideal for the ice fishermen as well not giving safe ice to
the larger bodies of water. This weekend might change that but windy weather is predicted on Sunday and a warm up again
on Wednesday. The fishermen I have talked to our itching to ice fish, likewise many would like to be on the river. Lets see
what this week brings.12/30/16 The Delaware opened up with the warm weather, it looked fishable near the Milford area. Warm
and rainy weather predicted Monday and Tuesday which may give a short fishing oppurtunity. January is usually a
good month to fish the river for Walleye if it is open, the fish are starting to school. Past Januarys we have boated twenty
plus Walleye in an afternoon. The local lakes, ice has been a little sketchy with the warm weather, the smaller
water still looks safe. Did see reports of a small winter run of Steelies hit the Salmon river Pulaski early in the week.
Cold weather is predicted late next week but it is wait and see if that pattern will hold to ice fish the larger
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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