Paddling Education

Life Jackets: All You Need to Know

A life jacket is the most important safety device for canoeists and kayakers no matter the water environment and activity.

Kayak Paddle Feathering: What is It and Why does it Matter?

To feather or not to feather…that’s a good question! And one we get a lot. So here’s a basic overview of kayak paddle feathering if you’re scratching your head over what it is and why it matters.

Rockgard® - Protects your Paddle

Durability. Beauty. Performance. When designing our world class canoe and kayak paddles, these three things are always front of mind. It’s what our customer’s value and what sets us apart.

The Plus Ferrule System for Ultimate Kayak Paddle Performance

Explains how the Plus ferrule works and the advantages of it.

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.

Best Canoe Paddles for the Boundary Waters & Quetico

When you head into remote wilderness areas for a canoe trip like Minnesota’s Boundary Waters or Canada’s Quetico, you need paddles you can depend on.

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.

Canoe Strokes: The J-Stroke

Once the J-stroke is mastered, you'll feel much more in control of your canoe.

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.

6 Top Canoe Destinations in North America

Naming the 6 top canoe destinations is sort of like naming the 6 best ice cream flavors. It depends who you ask!

Here’s our list of 6 top canoe destinations in North America…

Kayak Fishing Paddles 101

Why a kayak paddle specifically designed for fishing is your best bet.

Top 4 Rivers to Fish - Texas Edition

There are many different rivers in Texas to kayak and fish, and fortunately I have been able to get on a few of these rivers. Of course, I have not covered every single river in Texas, and most of the rivers I have been on have only been for a small section of that river.

How to Size a Canoe Paddle

Are you in the market for a canoe paddle and you don't know what size you should get? Watch our short video on how to properly size a canoe paddle and you'll be paddling your perfect paddle in no time!

What's in The Jacket?

Life Jackets are an essential part of canoe guiding. Not only do they keep you safe, but they can carry everything you need to keep you comfortable through the day as well as prepared for a rescue situation where saving time is vital.

Devils River - The Passion of Fishing
Every time I have gone to the Devils River in Southwest Texas I am amazed. The scenery is really something that I enjoy, as the rugged hills and cliffs with hardly any trees at all make an extreme contrast to...
How to choose the right paddle
I believe the most commonly asked questions I’ve seen around kayak forums are: “What kind of paddle do I need?” and “What length of paddle should I get for X, Y or Z kayak?” For the most part, there are...
Basic Checklist for Kayak Fishing

Bending Branches Ambassador, Jason Kincy, has made a very useful checklist for those that are interested in kayak fishing! Join in on the trend with these basic necessities.

Canoe Paddle Sizing Guide

You’ll likely have a paddle in your hands the entire time you’re on the water, so picking the right one is critical. A paddle that fits you and your paddling style can make the difference between a fun, rewarding experience or sore hands and shoulders.

Frequently Asked Questions We enjoy talking to passionate paddlers, and we want you to enjoy paddling as much as we do! If you have an issue with your paddle, we want to hear about it. Please e-mail us a photo...