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Thursday, August 9th - Main Street Square, Rapid City, So Dak!


A celebration of fishing stories and the voices of anglers who tell them, LIVE in Main Street Square.  This live storytelling event allows the fishing stories and angler voices to take center stage.  Join Fish Stories Archive founder, Buddy Seiner, for an evening of tall tales, amazing interviews, and professionally produced audio stories from around the world.  The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with live stories from local anglers and visitors.  We'll then bring on interviews with some of the most influential and well known anglers around before introducing fresh Fish Stories from around the world.  

Bring a comfortable chair or blanket, and your best fishing story to tell live on stage.  Beverages will be available for purchase on site.  Bring a friend or 10.  



Volunteer at the Live Show 

Sign up for our live show today!  The more people we can get to committ early on, the more will sign on to tell stories at the event.  It takes a few brave individuals to lead the herd, help us get this done!  Thank you!







Storytelling Lineup: 

6:00 - Welcome, thank MSS and other supporters

6:10 - 7:00 -  Live Storytelling (Max 10 Min per storyteller) 

7:00 - 7:45 - Live Interview:  Craig Oyler - Rapid City, So. Dak.

Rapid City native, Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that’s willing to bite, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. Craig’s passion for educating anglers led him to start Hooked on Hardwater, which partners 60 underprivileged boys from the Rapid City Club for Boys with 60 professional ice fishermen from across the country for a day of mentoring, fellowship, ice fishing, and fun.

7:45 - 8:00 - Intermission (Stories from the Fish Stories archive)

8:00 - 8:30 - Live Storytelling 

8:30 - 9:00 - Debut of New Fish Stories Podcast Episode:  Chopper Dropper Trout - Backcountry stocking in WY




Definitely more coming soon


Fish stories are meant to bring people together who love to fish.  Fishing stories captivate and entertain people all over the world.  It can be a bit different telling a story live on stage, though.  Here are a few tips and tricks to help you share your story with the world:    

Why do we care?
This is where you make us care about you and your situation.  Why is what happens in the story important to you? Why should we care about it?  If you can’t answer this, then think of a different story. 

Have an attention getter
"It was a dark and storm night" might have cut it back in the day, but today's audiences want more.  Get them invested right away with a question, dramatic statement, or action-packed scene.  Hook them early to keep them enganged throughout.  Don't be afriad to start in the thick of things.  

Know your story well enough so you can have fun!
Tell your story like you are telling it to friends at the bar.  Have a good time, and shoot from the hip.  If it helps to have a friend on stage to tell it, that will work fine.   

End Strong
Some fishing stories can meander like a new river system.  That will kill a story!  Know how your story will end before you tell it and bring the audience along for the ride.  

Funny and Fiction both OK here
There are a lot of funny moments on the water.  Just make sure you are not using specific people, groups, or organizations as your punch line without their permission.  Keep things annonymous and bring the funny!  

Likewise, some of the best fishing stories are completely made up.  They do not have to be real, to entertain an audience.  Just make sure you know it well enough to tell without notes or paper.  

No rants or rough language
Fish Stories LIVE is a family friendly event for anglers from all walks of live.  Please no political, religious, or personal opinion rants, and keep the language to a PG-13 level...for the children.  

The Fish Stories Live stage is a place for all anglers.  Please show respect and appreciation for all stories told.  


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