Interview with www.ProjectFlyFish.Org

8 Feb

Bent Rod Media: The East’s Answer to Fly Fishing Adventure Films


The 2009 fly fishing expo in Denver is where new products are launched and where retailers get to see what will be the newest trends. One standout at the trade show this year was that abundance of movie and media companies. One event goer stated that “three years ago I only saw one or two vendors dedicated to film, now it is more like twenty, or more.”

Of those vendors this year, few…or, you might say, “none” were East coast oriented film makers. Most films are based on western rivers or on exotic locations. Bent Rod Media was born out of love for the Appalachian highlands and to fill the Eastern US centered film void.

“Filming our passion is like a drug, it is a way for others to enjoy what we see first hand from their arm chair while drinking a beer. It also brings interest to our sport and raises awareness as to our fragile fisheries.” — Ryan Duanne

The three founding members, Ryan Dunne, Murphy Kane, and Mitch Barnes, surprisingly, met on Youtube. “We all posted videos of fishing trips and it turned into a fishing location trade off,” says Murphy. After a group trip to a Southern West Virginia stream, Ryan made a short video of the trip. “After that we were like lets work on another one,” recalls Ryan, “it turned into project after project.” The locations of each member has also played into their early success. Two members live in North Central West Virginia and one in North Carolina. Travel can be expensive, and then to top it off these guys are still going to work and raising families like everyone else.


from left to right, Mitch, Murphy, Ryan


They formed Bent Rod Media as a professional media company with an emphasis on outdoor documentaries. “Our focus is on fly fishing entertainment, not instruction,” says Mitch. After BRM was formed they booked their first project with The Fly Book / The Outdoor Junction.

There are a lot of film makers out there, especially in the West producing fly fishing films. Next to none of them are doing any type of filming on the east coast. “I am a big fan of the movement, but I feel the East gets little recognition. Also, the fishing is a hell of a lot tougher here. Our fish are pressured more, and grow slower than their siblings in the west,” states Ryan.


Many people think that they can just buy a camera and some editing software and do it themselves. “Making a fishing film takes more than just filming someone fishing. You need to take into account the scenery, interactions with people and fish. You need to capture the highs and lows of the sport, the whole stigma that goes with it,” states Ryan. “You have to film with the thought that you don’t want to loose the interest of the person watching it.”

The guys from BRM are starting to make a name for themselves. While in Randolph County, WV, they were scouting some water from a bridge late in the evening looking out over the river for risers and bugs. When a guy stopped that none of them knew and asked if they were the guys from Bent Rod Media. “He told us he was proud of what we were trying to do and to keep it up. He gave us his number to call if there was anything we needed,” says Murphy, “It made us feel like movie stars, but mostly proud of what we are doing.”



Bent Rod Media is set to film it’s first major project, code named project “X.” It will showcase some of the best fishing to be had in the Eastern US. Fresh and Saltwater. Mitch says, “It will take a year in the making, but with some help of others it will hopefully be completed.” They plan to set up a blog and add monthly updates on their progress. So stay tuned!



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