Attend the 2023 Fly Fishing Film and Video Showcase

A brand new aspect of the 2016 Expo was our Fly Fishing Film and Video Showcase. This will be our sixth year screening  local film submissions from across the Midwest and offering rousing prizes to talented recipients during a fun evening event. This will take  place on the Saturday evening of the expo and will be held March 18th, 2023 at the Anne Simley Theater at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Check out below for official contest rules, how to enter and prizes.

Have a video of a fly fishing adventure?

Use the guidelines below when shooting video this year on the water and enter your video for the 2023 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, 2023 at the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo.


2022 Prizes Included: Trxstle CRC fly rod transport system, Orvis rod & reel combo, Umpqua tackle pack and Rep Your Water gear.

Entrants of films and videos to be included in the screening will be notified prior to the event.  You do not need to attend the event to submit or to win.

Look for 2023 prizes to be listed in early 2023.


To have your video considered, send a YouTube or Vimeo link of it to by Monday, February 13, 2023. Include your phone number with submission.

  • Must be 2-7 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
  • No still photos

Water Sabbath Film Premiere

Special for 2022, the Showcase will feature the premiere of the film short Water Sabbath

Water Sabbath is the collaborative project between Mike Thienes (Filmmaker) and Jake Keeler (Visual Artist) It explores the idea of water and the outdoors as filters that generate creativity, peace, and meaning beyond the daily grind.
Alongside the film, the project explores these ideas through artwork based on the chapters of the film. The art reflects the experiences, essence, and imagery of each location; weaving with Keeler’s imagination to capture his life of fly-fishing and art-making in a way that only his style and brand can convey.
Look for additional information and details on the film with links to be available soon.


Special Thanks to our 2022 Event and Prize Sponsors