Attend the 2017 Fly Fishing Film and Video Showcase

A brand new aspect of the 2016 Expo was our Fly Fishing Film and Video Showcase. We screened local film submissions from across the Midwest and gave away rousing prizes to talented recipients during a fun evening event. This took place on the Saturday evening of the expo and this year will be held March 18th,2017 at the Anne Simley Theater at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Check out below for official contest rules, how to enter and a list of this year’s prizes.

Reception Sponsored by Friends of the Driftless Area Restoration Effort

TU DARE’s Induction into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

The Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort has won the honor of being included in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TU DARE has was launched in 2006 as a Trout Unlimited National driven collaborative effort to restore watersheds, streams, fish, and other species to benefit the environment and local communities of the Driftless area. TU DARE has played a role in helping chapters and state councils restore sections of over 150 streams and raise over 35 million dollars in state, federal and private contributions for stream restoration projects. There will be a short reception at 6pm with the presentation of the award in the reception area of the Anne Simley theater before the films.

Special Thanks for 2017 Donations

Have a video of a special fly fishing adventure?

Use the guidelines below when shooting video this year on the water and enter your video for the 2017 contest!


We are seeking short films and videos that showcase fly fishing in the upper Midwest. Share your experiences of connecting with the water, hooking the big one, or that day when all the fish were rising. We encourage entries that display creativity, adventure, exploration and wise resource use.  Selected films and videos will be screened during an evening event on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo.

  • New Sage fly rod and Gear Package
  • Top Redington Sonic Pro Waders
  • Fishpond Westwater Fly Fishing Duffel
  • Snow Peak camp stove kit courtesy of Mend Provisions

Entrants of films and videos to be included in the screening will be notified prior to the event. Tickets to the showcase are currently for sale here. You do not need to attend the event to submit or to win.


To have your video considered, send a YouTube or Vimeo link of it to by Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. Include your phone number with submission.

  • Must be 2-6 minutes long
  • Must portray fly fishing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Ontario and/or Wisconsin
  • Any species of fish may be included
  • Must contain no copyrighted material without permission
  • Must be edited (no uncut video) and have a sound track