Paddling Education

ProStaffer of the Month: Justin Powell

Our ProStaffer of the Month for March 2019 is Justin Powell—kayak fly fishing angler, conservationist and musician. Let’s meet Justin…

What’s Your Favorite Thing about Kayak Fishing?

We asked this question of our Facebook fans recently: What’s your favorite thing about kayak fishing? Here's what they told us…

A Trip to the South Llano River - Post Flood Condition

In October of 2018 Texas was hit with a tremendous amount of rainfall. Due to the massive amounts of rain, rivers were rushing far beyond their capacity and reached historic levels. Damage was very extensive, many homes were lost, bridges were destroyed and rivers were also damaged.

The Source Runs North: A Canoe Trip across Canada

Six men will embark on a four-month canoe expedition during the summer of 2019. Their aim is to travel 2,800 miles across Canada. Here’s their story…

Bending Branches Angler Pro Carbon, a “Wow” Factor Paddle
3-minute readBy Bill SchultzI have been giving kayak fishing talks for 10 years and in each one I suggest to those in the audience that they don’t scrimp on their paddle. I tell them to buy the most expensive, lightest...
The Evolution of a Paddler
Paddle or Pedal? That is the question launched by the most avid of anglers, or at least a few I know. They wonder if picking up a paddle again after acclimating to the ease of pedals is even worth a...
ProStaffer of the Month: Marty Hughes

Bending Branches ProStaffer of the Month for February 2019 is Nebraska native, Marty Hughes. Let’s meet Marty…

Top 5 Easy-To-Do Breakfast Recipes for Canoe/Kayak Trips

When we’re canoe and kayak camping, we try to keep things simple, yet tasty. That’s the trick. These are the best tried-and-true recipes we’ve found to get you out of camp and back on the water…

How to Hook Kids on Fishing

Drew Gregory is the host of the kayak fishing show “Hooked on Wild Waters.” In this episode he joins a gaggle of young people on Georgia’s upper Chattahoochee River for the Southeastern Youth Kayak Fishing Championship…

Canoe Trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Four people and one dog spent 19 days canoeing and hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in July of 2018. Barb Willson, one of the four, tells us about their trip…

Canoeing the Road Less Traveled in Quetico Provincial Park
Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park, in northwest Ontario, offers a million-plus acres of some of the best wilderness canoeing in the world…
From the Archive - A Summer Trip to the South Llano River

With temperatures reaching into the 20's for Texas (this is cold for the Lone Star State), I thought another article from the Summer would help to warm things up. 

“3 Things I Wish I’d Known about Kayak Fishing” [Video]

ProStaffer and founder of Kayak Bass Fishing, Chad Hoover talks about the three things he wishes he’d known before he got into kayak fishing in this video…

A Quick Guide to Alabama’s Canoe Trails

Alabama's diverse paddling trails range from dark, alligator-infested bayous to raging whitewater rivers.

World-Class Canoeing in the Boundary Waters

The world-class canoeing and backcountry camping of the Boundary Waters is a must for every canoeist’s list. Check out what makes this area so famous…

The Insider's Guide to Delaware Water Gap
The Delaware Water Gap, which straddles the Pennsylvania-New Jersey state line, is one of the region’s top destinations for outdoor adventure.
Kayak Fishing in Hawaii

Bending Branches’ customer and Angler Pro user, Robert Kramer, fishes off the coast of his home island of Oahu…

A Guide to Exploring Philpott Lake
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...
Canoe Camping in the Sierra Nevadas of California

If you don’t mind dressing for cool weather, spring canoe camping in the Sierra Nevadas means all the beauty without all the crowds…

Retailer Spotlight: Rutabaga Paddlesports, Wisconsin

Rutabaga Paddlesports has a claim-to-fame like no other paddle retailer: they host the largest consumer paddle event in the world—Canoecopia. But they do far more than that! Let’s get to know them…

Bending Branches’ Expedition Plus Canoe Paddle

The Expedition Plus is the ultimate wilderness canoe paddle. It’s designed for long days on the water…for multiple days in a row…in tough conditions.