Paddling Education

How to Canoe in Wind & Waves
To paddle a canoe successfully in high wind and waves is tricky business. Some skilled paddlers love the challenge and even look for waves and river rapids to run. But wind and waves can quickly turn a recreational canoe trip into anything but fun. Here are some tips to handle these conditions…
Canoe Paddle Bag: Buy or Make Your Own
Protect your canoe paddles with a paddle bag that protects them from scratches, dings and dust. They’re great for both storage and transporting. You can either buy a bag designed for canoe paddles, adapt a bag or make your own…
What to Know about Kayak Camping
Bending Branches Regional Ambassador, Kyle Hines, took up kayak camping in 2017 and found it’s something he loves to do. We got him on the phone recently so we could pick his brain for suggestions and tips for others who want to get into this adventure sport, too:
“Can I Use a Kayak?” and Other FAQs about the Boundary Waters
We’ve collected a few of the most common questions about canoe tripping in the Boundary Waters, along with some of the recommendations given by the others. We also added a few comments ourselves, as well as links you’ll find helpful…
Winter Paddling Safety
Winter time paddling in frigid water temperatures can be fun but it can also be very dangerous if you’re not wearing the correct gear that’s suitable for the conditions. In this blog post, I am going to go over the...
What You Need to Get Started Kayak Fishing [Video]
Are you brand new to kayak fishing? Maybe you just got your first fishing kayak.
Bending Branches’ ProStaffer Gene Jensen covers the gear you need to outfit your new kayak in this video.
Wood vs. Carbon Canoe Paddles
Let’s take a look at what might make the difference for you in choosing a wood canoe paddle or a carbon canoe paddle.
How to Load Your Kayak on Your Vehicle [Video]
Kayak Bass Fishing’s Chad Hoover covers how to load your fishing kayak on your vehicle in this video, with the help of his wife, Kristie.
What’s in a Bending Branches Canoe Paddle?

Here at Bending Branches we take great pride in designing and crafting our wooden canoe and kayak paddles. Our passion and attention to detail result in paddles we believe lead the industry in both beauty and performance.

Wilderness Canoe Trips with Type 1 Diabetes
For those of us who are generally in good health, we tend to think of health on wilderness canoe trips as it relates to emergency situations. “What will we do if someone gets injured?” But for those who live with ongoing health issues like diabetes, wilderness canoe tripping is a whole different ballgame.
A Kayak Angler’s First Aid Kit
Bending Branches’ ProStaffer, Chris Funk, fills us in on one of the most important gear items you need to keep in your fishing kayak—a First Aid kit.
Canoe Strokes for Solo Canoeing [Video]
The most important skill any solo canoeist needs is to be able to control the canoe in all types of weather and water conditions.
Winter Kayak Fishing: Be Safe in Cold Weather [Video]
As the weather cools down going into fall and then winter, the water temperatures drop, too. There are important safety considerations when you kayak fish in the winter.
Kayak Paddle Care
Even the toughest paddles in the industry appreciate a little love. Here at Bending Branches, we know our paddles perform best when they receive the proper care. Here are a few tricks to keeping your paddle in tip-top condition for years of paddling adventures
How to Stand Up to Fish in a Kayak

Many anglers love the option of being able to fish out of their kayak from either a sitting or standing position. If standing is new to you, ProStaffers Gene Jensen and Chad Hoover have some tips in these videos…

Build a Wooden Kayak, Part 4 [Video]

Here we bring you the final installment of Jason Eke’s video series on how to build your own wooden kayak…

 

Gear Up for Your First Kayak Fishing Tournament Season

So you’re a kayak angler who wants to get into the tournament scene. Here’s how to get started, with Kayak Bassin’s Chad Hoover…

 

Build Your Own Wooden Kayak, Part 3 [Video]

Here’s Part 3 of Jason Eke’s video series on how to build your own wooden kayak…

Build Your Own Wooden Kayak, Part 2 [Video]

Jason Eke of Trailguide Pictures walks us through the process of building your own stitch-and-glue wooden kayak in this second part of the 4-part series…

Build Your Own Wooden Kayak, Part 1 [Video]

Trailguide Pictures’ Jason Eke walks us through the process of building your own stitch-and-glue wooden kayak…

Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide
How to Size Your Kayak Paddle The two most important factors in choosing the right size kayak paddle are your kayak’s width and your own height… If your paddle is too short you may find yourself banging your knuckles on...