"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).

    JUST 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...

        ...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).

                   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.
                                                    Bob Delonas

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Delaware river walleye
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Current River Conditions

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.



LINKS

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

weather information

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