"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 9/7/18 The Smallie bite is good on the Delaware, they are on a active feed. The high
water in August seems to have washed out a lot of the shad fry, with that the Smallies are not staged at there usual September
locations. With the coming weeks and the absense of shad the fishing schould be good. Being in a boat covering water schould
put you into fish, with the oppurtunity to catch a Walleye to. 8/31/18 August has been a rough time to fish the Delaware.
Most of the month saw high mud filled water and the past week hot tempratures. The river is still running on the high side
for this time of the year but is clear and fishable. Weather for the weekend is cooler and some showers, it is prime for early
September fishing, Smallies and Walleye start to go on a heavier feed this time of the year and will usually take bait or
lures. Floating the river and covering water will usually locate fish which will school up in the deeper runs. There were
few reports in general mostly were slow. There was a quick push of King Salmon on the Salmon river Pulaski that lasted about
one week, that died wit the heat wave to. But more water will be run from the dam this weekend which may generate another
early push of fish, watch reports could be well worth the trip.IN general fishing has been slow but Fall is close so expect
the fishing to get a lot better. 8/17/18 Fished the Flatbrook close to where it enters the Delaware river late
Wednesday. The stream was high but fishable, the hope was fish would have moved out of the muddy Delaware into cleaner water.
Maintained my consistent skunking the past few weeks, did get some reports of Catfish caught on the Delaware. The river has
been extremly diffucult to fish due to high mud filled water, they also raised water levels early in the week to flush a fuel
spill. Possible heavy rain is predicted again today, when the river does come back down the fishing schould be good, so its
wait it out. The positive factor this year is there is plenty of water in the streams and that can make some excellent Fall
fishing. 8/10/18 Fished late yesterday, Delaware by Lackawaxen was high and very muddy with lots of debris in water. Fished
river near bank that was running clear but no takers. With the weather report of more rain, the weekend may be out for the
river, did get reports of Catfish and Stripers caught in slower water early in the week. The Lackawaxen was also running high
and hard to Trout fish, gave it a couple of casts. The reports from area lakes were Bass caught but on the slow side.
8/3/18 Conditions looked perfect on the Delaware early in the week when a late afternoon trip was made. But the fish
did not get with the program and onlty a Smallie was landed. The factor right now is the rain, most has been off to the west
but we still could get some heavy amounts. Friday morning the river still looks clear, but there is some heavy rain impacting
the river upstream. If the rain does not turn the river choclate it still schould be game on for a float trip or some night
fishing. Some of the reports from area lakes were good and could be a good substitute if the river runs high.
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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