"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 3/22/19 Our Wednesday trip on the Delaware dished out humble pie, skunked without a hit. My son made a trip early in the week that boated six or so Walleyes. The other reports that came in were fisherman catching a few fish. But It was wierd not catching any Smallies this week, March always has been good for them. this week could be totally diffrent, conditions change quick like the fishing. The rain last night, two inches and snow today plus melt will raise the water level and schould bring the fish to the shore lines and hopefully on the feed. Strong winds are predicted for the weekend but early next week would be worth the venture out on the river. Well thats the plan, hope this week to see some Smallies just to know they are still here. 3/15/17 We made two trips on the Delaware this week. Wednesdays trip was with Ted in his new jet boat, 32 Walleyes and two Perch were boated. Really good trip in spite of the fact the landing net came unattached on the first fish and sank in ten feet of water. Yesterdays trip was an opposite with three Walleyes boated. The water is very clear, low and besides the good trip on Wednesday the bite has been slow. Today 60 degrees, that schould bring a snow melt and hopefully raise the water level plus add a little murk to it. We did not catch a single Smallie this week but the water temprature stayed in the mid thirties probally keeping them off the feed. Another note Walleye season closed up river from the route 84 bridge. But the best news is the more Spring like weather, comfortable and just plain nice to be on the river this week. 3/8/19 My son Kevin and Russ fished the Delaware last Saturday before the extreme cold. The Walleye fishing remained good with Twenty Walleyes landed. Shinners worked best with Kietechs following close behind. The weather as I type this is predicting 3 to 5 inches of snow early Sunday, followed by a warmer pattern next week. This schould be a good week to fish the river for Walleyes. This is the time of the year that Smallies will start to go on a feed pattern also especially during the late afternoon hours. The next few weeks landing Walleyes, Smallies, Perch and a possible trout while fishing the river is there. Theres also still a lot of safe ice on lakes and ponds, the last reports they were still fishing well. With the warm up it schould be way more comfortable to be out fishing.   3/1/19 The old adage is Walleyes fish best in the worst weather. Yesterdays trip proved true, went with Ted[ Pike County Outfitters ] in his new jet boat. Ice needed to be broken from the launch, guides on the poles kept freezing, a strong cold north wind and the bottom of the boat began to ice at dark, made it painful. But when it was over 37 Walleyes and 3 Perch were landed plus a unkown beast was lost after a five minute battle. Again Shinners and Kietechs and the combination of both together was the ticket and finding a large group schooled together in the river. Ice fishing reports have also been good. The weathermans report is not friendly from late Sunday into all next week, snow and dropping tempratures, so this weekend might be the best oppurtunity for awhile.  2/22/19 The Delaware is running clear and is lower than its been in months. My son made three trips this week, each trip was sucessful, all Walleyes with the exception of a couple of river chubs. Kietechs and shinnners are the top producers, with the fish changing prefrece to color of the kietechs at any given time. The river schould stay open with the exception of slush ice in the mornings, afternoon trips are a better choice. Weatherman says colder weather next week, this schould keep the ice on local lakes for the ice fishermen.


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