Fishing Memories: Reflections of a Father & Son
Bob and Dan Kroncke are lifelong anglers who began fishing the DSR in 1987. They share a deep bond that goes beyond being father and son, and beyond their love for fishing. Both are police officers - Bob, a retired Deputy Chief with a 40 year career on the Hasbrouck Heights, NJ police force, and Dan, who is currently a Sergeant in his 17th year of service.
Fishing is a passion that connects them to the DSR, starting with their first trip that resulted from an all too common fishing snafu. In 1987, while trout fishing on the Paulinkskill River, Bob hooked a 10 lb beauty only to lose it on a Picket Pin right at the net. Bob and Dan both say Dan's net skills haven't gotten much better since!
That momentary frustration led Bob to head north to Pulaski for his next fishing adventure, where he'd heard about the annual fall salmon run. Bob knew he had to check out the 'big' fish' to see if what he's heard was true. On the first trip to Pulaski, Bob brought 12 year old Dan with him, they discovered the DSR, and they've never looked back.
That first trip has become a nearly 30 year family tradition. Today, Bob is retired and fishes the DSR on a regular basis. Dan is still on the police force, but he makes it up for several extended trips each fall.
“Fishing is like therapy for me,” says Bob about the sport he loves. “It’s a topic Dan and I discuss on a daily basis, and a bond that brings us together.”
“My dad has been my best friend my whole life," said Dan, "As a fisherman, a police officer, a person, and as a Dad, he's been a mentor in every step of my life.”
Dan is passing on the family love of fishing to his 9 year old daughter who can't wait to come to the DSR for her first Salmon River experience. "I'm waiting till she gets just a little bigger and can hold her own in the strong waters of the Salmon," says dad Dan.
Fishing at the DSR for so many years has created a strong friendship and a multitude of memories for Bob and Dan. “I’m grateful I get to fish the DSR with my son, and so many good friends I've made over the years,” said Bob when asked what he loves best about fishing the DSR.
"Every father should have a ‘Danny' to fish with." he reminisces. That's a Father's Day sentiment every fisherman dad would be proud to share.