Fly fishing the Escanaba River, Upper Peninsula in Michigan

Colin visits the Escanaba River Association. He goes fly fishing for trout with U.P. guide Tim Schultz of Rivers North. The fishing is good, as Colin catches brown trout and rainbow trout on the hopper dropper and tries his hand at late night mousing with with Tim’s guidance. At twilight Colin prepares cornbread crusted chicken pot pie over fire, and they return from mousing under the stars to dine in the riverside cabin.

Cornbread Crusted Chicken Pot Pie

Serves 6

This is one of the most satisfying open fire meals I can think of. Chicken pot pie is a complete campfire dish with vegetables, protein, starch and dairy. All you need besides a plan and ingredients is a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven with a lid and a spoon. On this trip we bought a wooden spoon, which split in half as I opened the skillet that has a tendency to seal lid to base while cooking. But as you will see if you watch the video, it all worked out.


– 2 whole roasted chickens – remove meat from bone, shred into smaller pieces and store in a ziplock bag
– 3 cups mirepoix: diced onions, celery & carrots
– 2 sticks of unsalted butter
– 1 pack cornbread mix
– 1/2 cup flour
– Salt & pepper
– bag of frozen peas
– 2 corn cobs – strip corn from the cob and store in a ziplock
– 1 bunch scallions – chop & add to corn ziplock
– 1 box chicken stock – 32oz
– 1 egg
– 1 cup milk – combine egg & milk in a sealable container