Angler Pro: 6X Kayak Fishing Paddle of the Year

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We’re very honored and proud that our Angler Pro won Kayak Fishing Paddle of the Year six years running. We continue to improve this award-winning paddle based on the input of our customers and team.

kayak angler on the water with Angler Pro Carbon

Angler Pro Carbon (photo courtesy of Chad Hoover)

The Angler Pro’s blade shape design is renowned for its silky-smooth forward stroke with zero tolerance for flutter. At 105 square inches, each blade is sized for horsepower and control for heavily-loaded kayaks.

The 100% carbon shaft is the lightest material available. The carbon weave is tight and secure, so you can rely on its strength, too. Either of the ferrules systems you choose—snap-button or Versa-Lok™ adjustable-length—offer a snug fit and ease of use.

Kayak Angler Choice Awards

The Kayak Angler Choice Awards (KACA) were chosen by the kayak fishing community in partnership with Yak Angler. The Awards covered categories like:

  • Kayak of the Year
  • Kayak Angler of the Year
  • Kayak Angling Retailer/Bait Shop/Outfitter of the Year, and more…

Bending Branches introduced the first Angler Pro in 2013. We were blown away when it won Kayak Fishing Paddle of the Year its inaugural year. The Pro  continued to earn the honor each year since.

Constant Innovation

Here at Bending Branches, we keep innovating to improve all our paddles, including the Angler Pro. We introduced Angler Pro Carbon in 2017, the lightest kayak fishing paddle on the market.

Every couple of years we create a new color design for the fiberglass model, based on feedback from our ProStaff and Ambassador teams. Our most recent color release was Copperhead in 2021. It joins Glowtek and Radiant as eye-catching options for these compression-molded blades.

In 2023 we released our newest ferrules system, the Versa-Lok™ adjustable-length ferrule. Constructed of nylon-reinforced plastic and steel components, it’s simple yet revolutionary in its design. Rust-proof, easy to use and ultra-durable, Versa-Lok™ gives you up to 15 cm of length adjustability.

kayak angler standing in his kayak, paddling on a marshy lake

Angler Pro in Radiant (photo by Open Road Visuals)

What Kayak Anglers Have to Say

“If you are looking for a new paddle I would definitely take a look at the Angler Pro. It is the best paddle money can buy in my opinion.” Clint Taylor, Texas Kayak Fisher and BB National ProStaff

“After a month of regular use, I’ve yet to experience any shoulder soreness or develop any blisters. The Angler Pro comes with an oval shaped carbon fiber shaft that offers both, comfort and a solid grip. It has just enough flex to be forgiving on the elbows and wrists but doesn’t sacrifice responsiveness. Rest assured when you need to move water, it will move water.” Drew Ross, LooknFishy and BB National ProStaff

"I don't know how they did it, but the engineering geniuses at Bending Branches outdid themselves. The new design slices through the water even better than the old model. The best part is the silence and efficiency of the paddle pull…I was so taken back by the beauty and performance of this paddle, I forgot I was there to fish!” Tyler Thiede, BB Regional Ambassador

We owe this award to you—the kayak fishing community. Thanks for believing in us and supporting us!

Take a closer look at Angler Pro

Contact our Wisconsin-based Customer Service team with your questions: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]

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