Paddling Education

Fishing Chronicles with Branches’ Team Members
A few of Bending Branches’ Ambassador and ProStaff team members generously shared a recent kayak fishing story with us. We hope these inspire you for your next angling adventure, too!
What It Means to Be a “Build to Order” Company
Here at Bending Branches we were already 20 years into our history when we switched from our previous “build to inventory” manufacturing process to our current “build to order” process.
Rural Tennessee: Home of the Musky
The Musky. Fish of ten thousand casts so they say. I either cast a lot more than I think I do, or I must be one of the luckiest anglers ever as I have now landed three of these absolute beasts.
One-Arm Freedom® Canoe Paddle for Adaptive Paddling
“Water is the most inclusive medium” says One-Arm Freedom canoe paddle inventor, Cindy Dillenschneider. A long-time believer in making the outdoors accessible to everyone, Cindy committed herself to developing an adaptive canoe paddle for those with upper limb impairments.
15 Gift Ideas for Your Canoeing and Kayaking Kids
Here are 15 gift ideas for your paddling kids that won’t just fill up the toy box. These are gifts they’ll love to use on the water every time they’re out.
Boat Wake and the Importance of a Paddle

I can’t stress the importance of never letting your guard down while on the water. That’s the number one suggestion I have. But also, learn how to handle wake by meeting it with forward propulsion. Sure, we could have used our pedal drives to have maintained forward movement, but the paddle actually served as a means to better balance in the kayak seat and ride out the wake.

A Case for the More Experienced Paddler to Sit in the Bow
As my recent trips have shown me, there is a ton to be learned when you switch up your usual spot in either the bow or the stern. Next time you’re paddling with your usual partner, I encourage you to ask yourselves why you’re sitting where you are sitting.
New Angler Pro Kayak Fishing Paddle Blade Pattern: Copperhead
We’re happy to introduce our newest new blade pattern for Bending Branches’ award-winning kayak fishing paddle, the Angler Pro: Copperhead.
ProStaffer Tyler Thiede on Frog Fishing for Bass
Bending Branches ProStaffer, Tyler Thiede, talks frog fishing for bass on this episode of Paddle N’ Fin Network, a podcast for kayak anglers of all levels.
Kayaking on Great Salt Lake, Utah
Great Salt Lake in Utah isn’t one of those destinations that’s on anyone’s list of best kayaking spots in America! But kayaker, Scott Baxter, has been paddling the lake for 30 years. Here’s his story of his circumnavigation of Great Salt Lake.
How to Make Perfect Canoe Trip Coffee
Want to go on a wilderness canoe trip but don’t want to sacrifice your good coffee each morning? You can learn how to make perfect canoe trip coffee for all your expeditions—the old-fashioned way.
New Bending Branches Apparel for 2021
Bending Branches fans, we have new merch ready for Fall 2021 so you can show off your favorite paddle brand. Some of these are already going fast, so don’t wait! Take a look at our collection…
"Paddle Like a Girl" Teaches Canoe Skills to Women
Paddle Like a Girl is a woman-owned business that teaches women the skills they need to plan a backcountry canoe trip.
Safety First: Dress for Immersion When Paddling
Paddling safety includes what you wear. The paddling rule of thumb is: dress for immersion, or: dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Why? Because there’s always a chance of capsize when you’re on the water.
Should You Buy a Solo or Tandem Canoe?
So you’re shopping for a canoe and you know most of your paddling will be solo. Should you buy a solo or tandem canoe? That’s a good question!
The Wedding Day Canoe Trip
A canoe trip on your wedding day? Why not! Bailey and Eric saw no reason why paddling a canoe to their wedding wasn’t the perfect mode of transportation.
Tips for Kayak Fly Fishing on Rivers
In this video, Bending Branches’ ProStaffer, Chad Hoover, gives some tips for kayak anglers who want to fly fish their local rivers. His suggestions cover both the kayaking and the fly fishing on location in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania.
Fishing Bartrams Bass on the Chattooga River
Head out on the water in this video with Hooked on Wild Water’s Drew Gregory for some big adventures with Bartrams bass.
How to Re-Enter a Sit-Inside Kayak from the Water
In this fun and easy-going video from Dan Arbuckle and Headwaters Kayak, you’ll see how to re-enter a sit-inside kayak from the water.
Remembering My First Trip to Quetico
After seeing an outdoor show about Quetico, this wonderfully wild spot, I did some research to try to put a trip together for the summer. This was the early eighties so I picked up my landline and started calling a few Canadian outfitters to get more details. 
Flippin’ Jigs from a Kayak: How to Jig for Bass
Those that learn the skill of flippin’ a jig from a kayak have an advantage over those that choose not to devote their time to mastering the art of fishing.