3 Fall Recipes to Bring Fishing this Season

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Big Blog, Culinary, Fishing and Hunting | 0 comments

It’s no surprise that a great mid-day meal on the water can really kick things up a notch. Fall fishing is a must-do past time in Northeastern Ontario and taking thirty minutes or an hour to kick back and warm up with some tasty grub makes a day outside chasing beautiful Ontario fish that much better. If you’re like me, a big advocate for catch and release than these are some delicious eats to pack and bring on your next trip!

Here are some of So Fly’s favourite recipes to whip up for your next Fall fishing day, all picked with the cold season in mind!



Let’s kick things off with an old favourite. Cheeseburgers are one of the greatest foods ever invented in the history of foods. You can pop any topping on to change it up, or even introduce unique ingredients to the meat or non-meat patties. Easy to pack, prepare all your toppings and keep in your cooler until you’re ready to start grilling!


  • A Cooking Source, or Fire if Safe
  • A Pan or grill
  • A Flipper
  • Uncooked Burgers of your Choice
  • Potato Buns
  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Lettuce
  • White Onion
  • American Cheese

Get a fire going or work with a safe gas cooking stove. Toss your pan over the heating source and cook the burgers fresh. Periodically check the water for any fish activity if you can, and have someone casting while the burgs cook up nice and delicious. Once the burgers are cooked, add the American Cheese. Grab your potato buns, and bless the buns with the burgs. Add whatever toppings you want, but I’d be going with lettuce, tomato, white onion, mayo, relish and mustard. Plate, and go to town.



I totally get that you won’t always want to take time breaking out lunch. Maybe the fishing is on fire, and you don’t want to waste any time. Maybe you want to pack light and avoid the dishes. Whatever the reason, the spicy deli sandwich is a fishing day game changer. Sure, it might not be news to all, BUT if you haven’t brought out a delish sandwich before, try it next time. You’ll be stoked you did. The spiciness of the sandwich adds a bit of heat to warm you up, while the compactness of it all makes this one a wading jacket pocket special.


  • Fresh Buns
  • Spicy Salami
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Mayo
  • Havarti Cheese
  • Chips

Making a deli sandwich is an art. The bread is crucial. Start with a fresh bun, I typically go with a Portuguese sandwich bun (I love you, Grandma). First, layer on the spicy salami of your choice, and don’t skimp with this. Add creamy Havarti, a thin layer of mayo, roasted red peppers which you can find pickling at most grocery stores, and close the bun. Press firmly, wrap in foil, and toss in the fridge. Repeat for each angler on the water. Pair with a bag of any chip and now we’re talking!

PRO TIP: If you have a heating source, keep those sandwiches wrapped in foil and warm them.


This. THIS. THIS IS THE MOVE. If you like Tourtière, which I really do. Make it the day before, let it cool, and wrap it in foil. All you’ll have to do is heat it up on shore and serve.


  • A Cooking Source, or Fire if Safe
  • A Pan
  • A Cooking Utensil
  • Foil
  • Serving Plates and Cutlery

Bake the Tourtière the day before. You can make this from scratch with a recipe online, or buy a pre-made, cook only pie. Cut into slices and wrap each in foil. Place in fridge and bring on your fishing day.
On the day, once your heating source is going safely, add your pan, and plop those foil wrapped Tourtière slices into the pan. Let them warm up on low heat, or a cooler part of the fire. The key here is making sure not to burn the food. Serve them up, remove the foil, and enjoy.

I hope you’ve found some wicked new ideas to bring out on your next fishing trip. My main goal was to inspire your on-the-water food choices and think differently about your next Fall outing grub. Fishing in the fall can be cold and tough, but when you introduce awesome food it makes the day that much more memorable and special. Have fun and be safe.

About Mitch Duesling

Mitch Duesling is a writer, creator and Associate Creative Director at The Hive. He's also part of the So Fly Crew, a Canadian fly fishing podcast helping lodges, guides, outfitters, authors and anglers connect with a broad fly fishing audience. He travels - and fishes - around the world capturing content for fly fishing and outdoor businesses. Learn more at www.sofly.ca.