Ted Kessler

Niagara River Kicking Out Big Browns

By: Chris Shaffer After the first two drifts Ted Kessler looked worried. His energy level fell from excited to perplexed. Following a month of world-class brown trout fishing, Kessler expected the Niagara River browns to bite on our first drift. They didn’t. Unfortunately, they didn’t on our second drift, either. “I’m not marking anything,” Kessler, [...]

Niagara River Kicking Out Big Browns2018-12-21T15:52:25+00:00

Learn to Cure Perfect Eggs: For Lake Ontario Tributaries

By: Ted Kessler Our salmon have changed their habits this year. Traditionally, we aim to cure an orangey-pinkish egg, but this year they want more of a darker red/pink color. It’s been kind of interesting as all the guides are experiencing this. We all know how important it is to have well-cured eggs, but this [...]

Learn to Cure Perfect Eggs: For Lake Ontario Tributaries2018-10-18T13:04:52+00:00

Niagara River “Spring” Steelhead Update

By: Ted Kessler Even though our March was slower than normal due to Arctic like weather we are looking forward to good spring fishing as weather patterns stabilize and the river gradually warms. I’d say our steelhead run on the Niagara River this year has been average, which is good. Given the current conditions I [...]

Niagara River “Spring” Steelhead Update2018-04-18T18:56:07+00:00

Learn to Mix Cure & Water: For the Perfect Great Lakes Egg

By: Ted Kessler It seems that every year I find something new when it comes to curing my eggs for fall salmon. I’ve gone from shake and bake cures where you put the eggs in a bag and shake Fire Cure on them to other methods such as brines, but this year I’ve started to [...]

Learn to Mix Cure & Water: For the Perfect Great Lakes Egg2018-04-18T18:57:01+00:00

Niagara River Fishing Well – When Water is Clear

By: Ted Kessler It’s been one of the toughest steelhead seasons I’ve seen in at least 20 years on the Lower Niagara River. We need ice on Lake Erie for our season to be good and this is the second season in a row we haven’t had ice. If there’s ice on Erie, Lake Erie [...]

Niagara River Fishing Well – When Water is Clear2018-04-18T18:58:47+00:00

Learn A Perfect Brine For Niagara River Salmon

By: Ted Kessler My go-to egg curing method hasn’t changed in a few years. More than 85 percent of the salmon we catch come on what I call the Niagara River Brine. I mix plain borax and blend three colors of Fire Cure and it gives us an egg the salmon key in on. More [...]

Learn A Perfect Brine For Niagara River Salmon2018-04-18T18:59:47+00:00

Way Late: Niagara River Salmon Starting to Show

By Ted Kessler Up till a week ago I was telling my clients they need to reschedule or cancel their Niagara River salmon trips because the run was two to three weeks behind due to an unusual heat wave we had around Label Day. It’s been a weird late summer. At the warmest it’s suppose [...]

Way Late: Niagara River Salmon Starting to Show2018-04-18T19:03:19+00:00

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