"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

20 lb salmon river steelie
Delaware river walleye
Delaware river winter walleye
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Current River Conditions

Weekly Update 2/17/17 Fished the Delaware on Wednesday before the cold front set in. The bite was on for the first few hours but turned off by early afternoon. Over ten Walleyes were boated, missed and lost twice as many with the largest fish lost right before they could be netted. Shinners out performed the Keitechs but both hooked fish. Warm weather is predicted from Saturday thru next week, with the snow melt it is uncertain if the fishig will be good for this weekend with that cold water possibly lowering the water temprature. But I am planning to at least bank fish it, there will be for certain a good bite starting some time this week. If you havent fished the river yet this year this would be the week to do it. Not many other reports of fishing activity on the computer, the ice may fish well this weekend, but get it now.   2/10/17 Fished the river on Wednesday, had to work  to put a few Walleye in the boat. Lost more fish then we landed with suttle takes. There was not much of a window this week with ice in one form or another flowing in the river. The weather is going to be the factor again this week with cold tempratures at night. If the river is open taking some casts is better than being at home reading a fishing magazine. The ice fishing reports were good prior to to the snow, with the cold it still schould be on again this week, but be safe.2/3/17 The Delaware, bank fished three times this week and did very well with Smallies early in the week. The river was running higher and more off color then, it is now clear and down two to three feet. The fishing on the river this up coming week will be weather related, the cold the weatherman says is coming will probally cause slush ice in the flow. When that occurs it is a consistent issue getting in the line. Otherwise the bite is on for Walleye and Smallies, late afternoon might be a better oppurtunity to give the river a try. By that time slush ice  could be gone. Kietechs and Shinners have still been working well for us. There have been posts and reports of those who have taken there boats out on the local lakes. Most have done well, Walleye, Perch, Bass and Pickerel have been on an active feed. The colder weather may also stabilize ice for the ice fishermen. The weathermen have been way off with the reports this year especially with tempratures so we will see what happens this week.  1/27/2017 No complaints fishing the Delaware, you are working for the hook ups but it is January. Made a couple of boat trips this week and boated about ten fish each time. Mostly Walleyes with the majority legal size, also Perch, Pickerel and one fifteen pound Carp netted. The bank fishermen are also banking some nice sized Walleyes. The river is open and the water clarity is prime to catch fish. But much colder weather is on the way, this will send slush ice down river as well as freeze up prime spots, this weekend window could be it for awhile. Kietech jigs and Shinners have been working well for us. Dont put away the ice fishing gear yet by next weekend it could be game on for fishing as well as the Superbowl. 


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