Paddling Education

Canoeing in the Black Hills

Canoeing isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Black Hills—at least not for Minnesotans like me! But with lakes, rivers and reservoirs scattered throughout this beautiful area, it’s sure worth looking into.

My 5 Top Tips for Getting Started in Kayak Fishing

Are you just starting out in kayak fishing? Here are my top 5 tips for you…

NEW Bending Branches Angler Models

Introducing new and updated Angler models to the Bending Branches family! This is our biggest new product announcement in kayak fishing since 2012, when we first introduced the Angler family. 

Can I Get an Unfinished Wood Paddle?

Our Customer Service Team is here to answer your questions and help you in any way we can. Here are a couple questions we get occasionally…

Canoe Camping: Bear Safety

Knowing bear safety is an important part of canoe camping when you’re in bear territory. Here are some tips to keep in mind...As our friends at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say: “The best way to avoid bear problems is to not attract them in the first place.”

Kayak Fishing Paddling Tips [Video]

Bending Branches’ ProStaffers Chad Hoover and Gene Jensen team up in this video to explain how great paddling technique makes you a better kayak angler.

Our Favorite Fishing Kayak Makers

Once you decide kayak angling is for you, your fishing kayak is the largest investment you’ll make. To help you with your research, here are some of our favorite fishing kayak manufacturers…

More Frequently Asked Questions

For us at Bending Branches, service isn’t a poster in the break room or terms our leaders use in monthly meetings. It’s in our DNA. We have one mission—to have the best service in the entire outdoor industry.

BWCA Canoe Trip Success with a Toddler

If you’re a parent you know life with a toddler is often unpredictable. Bringing said toddler into the Boundary Waters for a canoe trip adds a whole new level of unpredictability!

21 Awesome Places to See in the Southeast
On May 1, 2015, two lucky members of the RootsRated team set off on a 5-month, 20,000-mile cross-country road tour across the United States. The main goal of the tour was to connect with over 30 of our specialty retail...
“Stream Map USA” App for Anglers, Canoeists and Kayakers

Stream Map USA is a powerful app from Gogal Publishing Company that guides you to and around every stream, river, pond and lake in the continental US.

Wooden Canoe Paddles: Brawn + Beauty

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.

Getting Started in Kayak Fishing Tournaments
It’s the perfect time of year for the topic of kayak fishing tournaments (and I’m not the first one to bring it up). Kayak fishing clubs are either already underway or close to holding their first event. In a month...
Life Jacket (PFD) Use for Canoes and Kayaks

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!

The Best Canoe Trip Packs

After your canoe, your canoe trip packs are the biggest investment you’ll make.

Take a Trip- St. Croix River Valley

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.

Video: Small Town Smallmouth Kayak Fishing

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.

Cedar Plank Walleye

With a daily goal to go from point A to point B, a hot meal becomes a luxury and the greatest motivator. Meals are a cooperative effort, eaten together and is a time to reflect on a hard day. Some of the best moments of my trips were at mealtime, thus I strongly believe great food can make the difference on any canoe trip.

Canoe Paddles for the Boundary Waters

Bending Branches makes several different canoe paddles specifically designed for expedition trips, like those you’ll take in the Boundary Waters.

Maximize Your Chances on Tournament Day

Fishing just for fun out of a kayak and fishing a competitive tournament both offer rewarding experiences to an angler.

7 Reasons to Try Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing is still a relatively small segment of the total number of fishing outings each year, but that segment has been growing fast.