Paddling Education

Kayak Fishing Gear for Beginners to Baby Boomers

For the new angler or the seasoned veteran there is a kayak fishing formula for you. Regardless of age, size or budget you can join the fishing kayak culture. Safety, success, exercise and excitement all await almost anyone willing to pick up the paddle.

Paddling in Sparkleberry Swamp, South Carolina

Sparkleberry Swamp is a submerged cypress-tupelo forest that’s one of South Carolina’s most popular destinations for paddlers…

ProStaffer of the Month: Jason Schall

South Carolina native, Jason Schall, is Bending Branches’ ProStaffer of the Month for March, 2018. Let’s meet Jason…

River to the Heart: An Interview with Eddy Harris

Eddy Harris has canoed the full length of the Mississippi River—twice! We caught up with him recently to talk about his most recent trip and his new film about it…

The Alabama Scenic River Trail: 631 Miles of Adventure on the Water
Shards of afternoon sunlight stream between the clouds scattered above Philpott Lake, making the water glisten. As I paddle away from the Twin Ridge Recreation Area, my tiny kayak is the only disturbance to the lake’s still surface...
Retailer Spotlight: Caney Fork Outdoors, Tennessee

(by Ryan Martin) Here at Caney Fork Outdoors the spirit of paddling and fishing is alive and well. For over 200 years, our family has made the Caney Fork River our home and business…

3 Baits for New Waters
Few things are more exciting than fishing new water. You begin to paddle out while nature is still waking, and you are filled with anticipation, possibility, and you know your fishing knowledge and skill are going to be put to the test.
When Paddling Trips Go Awry: Can We Prepare for the Unexpected?

We paddle because we love it. We love being on the water, being in nature, combining it with other outdoor activities like camping and hiking. It’s relaxing…it’s exhilarating…it’s fun.

4 Kentucky Canoe Trails That Make For Great Overnight Paddling Trips
There’s nothing quite like summer in Kentucky—with the gorge, the sunsets, and the warm weather we’ve longed for all winter long, it’s the best season. And with outdoor activities ranging from boating and fishing to hiking and camping, it can be hard to decide what to do...
Kayak Fishing the Louisiana Marsh For Redfish

When fellow Bending Branches pro team members Jameson Redding and Brooks Beatty invite you to go fishing, you had better go.  You are always in for a good time at an epic location with good fishing and good company.  That proved to be true as we headed an hour south of New Orleans to Pointe Aux Chenes, Louisiana to stalk redfish in the marsh.  

Paddling Lake Powell: Otherworldly Beauty

Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in America, is one of the most stunning paddling destinations in the world…

Angler Pro: Kayak Fishing Paddle of the Year…Again!
We’re very honored and proud that the Angler Pro has been awarded Kayak Fishing Paddle of the Year for the 6th year in a row!
How Kayak Fishing Makes You Healthier
Did you know kayak fishing isn’t just fun? It adds to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Here’s how…
How to Repair a Wooden Canoe Paddle [Video]

Jason Eke, Canadian canoeist and filmmaker, shares his process for repairing a wooden canoe paddle so it looks and performs as good as new…

Choosing a Kayak Fishing Paddle [Video]

What really matters when it comes to choosing a kayak fishing paddle? We narrow it down to four basics for you…

Crawfish: Red Bull for Bass
To catch bass consistently and throughout the year it is essential to know as much about the fish, its habits, likes and dislikes...
Four Essential Kayak Fishing Factors
While it sometimes appears to be complicated, bass fishing can be distilled down to a few key factors that can lead to more consistent success. You’ll be surprised at the simplicity, no high tech concepts, just a common sense application...
Big Bass Secrets for the Kayak Angler

Now, a closer look at rods, reels, line and lures to help you fool that trophy fish.

BIG Bass Secrets Part one
For the kayak angler that targets bass very little evokes a higher adrenaline rush than the sight of a trophy bass at the end of their line. It’s been said that “10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the bass”....
My Top Kayak Fishing Tips for Beginners

I’m often asked for advice by those just starting out in the kayak fishing world. Here are my top tips for you…

The Kayak Crappie Classroom
While I like paddle any kind of water I must admit I’m a river rat. On my email it says, “There’s magic in moving water”. I dedicate my time to going full tilt in every aspect of my life including...