On November 11th, 1996, Rick Raffesberger started as a Customer Service Representative for Bending Branches. On that day, he picked up the phone for the first time and said, “Hello, Branches, my name is Rick. How can I help you?” Today, 20+ years later, he still answers the phone that way.
We at Bending Branches love being one of the 250+ vendors each year at Canoecopia, the largest paddlesports expo in the world. Our own head of marketing, Andrew Stern, summed up this year’s expo in one word: “Exhilarating!”
Here is a post about how, along with my Bending Branches Angler Pro and Jackson Mayfly, I was able to finish on top after four grueling days on the Coosa River, and Lake Jordan in Wetumpka, Alabama.
Wooden canoe paddles have a long history in canoeing. Wood was the original material used in paddles by the Native Americans, as well as the fur trading Voyageurs.
Your personal flotation device (PFD)—commonly called a life jacket—is the most important safety feature of your paddling experience. Don’t take it lightly!
After your canoe, your canoe trip packs are the biggest investment you’ll make.
Talk to the vast majority of paddlers, and they’ll likely tell you: While they enjoy the act of paddling, it’s the sights, sounds, smells and connection with nature that the real passion for paddling comes from.
We hit the road in search of big smallmouth. Disappointment was quickly erased as we each caught nice smallmouth on big lures. Watch the video from our trip and read the story below.