"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 10/21/16 The Delaware is still running low, making boat travel diffucult. Reports are still consistent Smallie fishing and some doing well with Catfish after dark. There is heavy rain predicted to the west missing this area. But for us a cool down is on the way, with that it schould drop more Smallies and Walleyes into the deeper and slower water. The weatherman is saying a windy weekend, next week will probally be better conditions. We fished the Salmon river Pulaski on Tuesday and had a steady movment of King Salmon moving up stream all day. There were also some Steelies in the mix, it was our best trip in a couple of years. They have heavy rain on the way which schould bring some runs of fish in the lake tribs as well. Good reports from the local lake fishermen, mostly catching Bass. There are also more reports of Stripers being caught down the shore for the boat fishermen the surf looks quiet.   10/14/16 The Delaware is low, clear, weedy and has the usual Fall leaf migration down stream. My son and I bank fished late yesterday afternoon and had a good time despite the weeds with Smallies up to 14 inches. They quickly took shinners and Kietech plastic worms right to dark. It would have been a little easier in the boat because of the low water. My son also fished earlier in the week with good sucess. The river bite schould get even better in the upcoming weeks with Walleyes in the mix , the Smallies are moving into the slower and deeper water. The reports from the lower Salmon river Pulaski are very good with King Salmon and more Steelies in the mix, there are a lot of great pictures on the computer to back up the reports. That fishery is also low and clear, dont know how long the run will last so get up there asap if you want the action. The shore action are the Belmar, party boats with big Blues to 20 pounds and small Stripers and Blues in the surf. Not many reports on the lakes but the ones that are there are decent Bass and Perch fishing.10/08/16 Delaware river is low and clear, all the reports on the computer are from the after dark crew , they have been doing well on Catfish and Walleye. There is a good cool down predicted tommorow night, with that cooler weather in October it usually drops the Smallies back into the deeper slower water and on the feed.  Shinners , jigs and rapalas work well the entire month expect the fishing to get continue to get better through November. Reports from the Salmon river Pulaski are that a major push of Kings are in the lower river and some Steelies and Browns mixed in. This is really good news from the previous two slow years. Been on vaction at the shore, there are lots of small Blues around, not many larger fish yet. Local lake reports are on the upswing with Bass going on the fall feed to.09/09/16 Hazy, Hot, Humid, Hermine, all these factors have been keeping fisherman off the water. If the weatherman is correct more reasonable weather will be here Saturday night and with it more reports. The Delaware river is fishing well for Smallies which are feeding on the schools of shad fry. The down side has been the heat and the green slime floating in the river, my outing last week went to small hooks and short casts. September has  been a  good month for me in the past with Catfish and Stripers after dark. The shore action, Hermine has kept a majority of boat and surf fishermen off the water, this month usually is a good month for Flounder and cocktail Blues starting to feed on Mullet and Peanuts starting thier migration south. Up north there has been increased flow on the Salmon river with a few Kings reported seen and caught. 


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