Paddling Education

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.
"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. 
Solo Canoeing Yellowstone’s Backcountry
“The novelty of paddling within an active volcano on a high elevation lake made my trip into Shoshone a unique paddling experience.” ~ Jim Gallagher, wilderness canoeist
Getting-Into-Kayak-Fishing Starter Rules

Are you getting into kayak fishing? Here are some starter rules for you…and a good reminder for those who’ve been in the game for awhile, too!

Why Your Fishing Kayak has Scupper Holes
Bending Branches’ ProStaffer Gene Jensen, the Flukemaster, gets asked this question often when he’s at a boat ramp: “Won’t your kayak sink with those holes in it?” In this video Gene talks about scupper holes—what they do and why your fishing kayak won’t sink even though there are holes in your boat.
Kayak River Fishing Safety Tip [Video]
Bending Branches’ ProStaffer and kayak angler, Chad Hoover, takes us along river fishing for a trophy brown trout, and offers a few kayak safety tips along the way…
How to Tie Down & Transport Your Fishing Kayak
Many anglers buy their kayak before thinking about how they’ll get it to and from the water. In this video, Bending Branches’ Pro-Staffer and kayak angler, Chad Hoover, tells us how to transport your fishing kayak.
A Lynx and a Fawn
By Dr. Courtney Bennett, Bending Branches National Pro Staff Recently, Hobie introduced a new kayak called the Hobie Lynx. I was instantly intrigued due to the 45 lb fitted hull weight of the Lynx. As I have leveled up to...
Boundary Waters is the World’s Largest Dark Sky Sanctuary
In September 2020, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced its newest International Dark Sky Sanctuary: the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
How to Size a Solo Canoe Paddle
Many canoeists enjoy the solitude and challenge of solo canoeing. If that’s you, and you want to know how to size a solo canoe paddle, you’re in the right place.
New Kayaker Nadine Shares Her Story
“My first experience kayaking was this weekend and it was with one of your products. I had a blast!!!” When we received this comment from Nadine Evans, we knew we wanted to hear more of her story.
Bending Branches’ Slice Family of Kayak Paddles
Our Slice family of kayak paddles are a high-visibility mid-range paddle for a variety of kayakers, from weekend enthusiasts to casual flatwater kayakers to experienced solo canoeists.
Kayaking the St. Croix River: The Power of a Paddle
“With one more push of paddle against the river bank, the kayak slides off the ground and suddenly I’m suspended by water. It’s my favorite feeling, that first moment afloat. It’s freedom—from the ground, from the human world.”