Paddling Education

Our Sunburst Canoe Paddle: The Best of Both Worlds
Bending Branches’ Sunburst ST and Sunburst 11 canoe paddles combine the best of two worlds—wood and carbon—to form one state-of-the-art canoe paddle with the elite canoeist in mind.
Canoeing Is a Way of Life for This Family
The best way to keep canoeing alive is to pass the love of canoeing on to the next generation. Jody and Bill Miles have been actively passing on this love to their own boys, Willow and Granite, and thousands of other school children since 1999.
How to Size & Choose a Canoe Paddle
Paddle Length Features to Look For Bent vs Straight Shaft Grip Blade Shape Materials Solo Canoe Paddles There's a lot of technical aspects to choosing the right canoe paddle. Our rule of thumb is for: 6 hour trips or less:...
Catch and Release or Hook‘em and Cook‘em?
Over the years this has been the debate to release or keep the fish you catch. Early anglers fished to supplement their food supply. The idea of putting anything back certainly was viewed as a foreign concept. Currently many people...
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...
New Season, New Goals
As winter’s end approaches, the allure of weekends on the water is getting closer to becoming a reality. With another season of paddling and fishing just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take stock of your goals...
Solo Canoe Trip in Kawartha Highlands, Canada
Jason Eke of Trailguide Pictures spent several days on a solo canoe trip in Kawartha Highlands, a provincial park just north of Toronto, Canada.
Reader Stories: Kayak Fishing
Several Bending Branches readers and fans sent in their stories for our 2020 Story Contest. Many of these stories included kayak fishing. 

Here are a couple that were Honorable Mention we want to share with you...
2020 Story Contest Winner: A Father & Son Canoe Trip
Bending Branches fan Jeff Kalil submitted this story to our 2020 Story Contest. We chose his for first place, which awarded him $150 to use on Bending Branches product. Here’s Jeff’s winning story…
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.
How to Fish Big Bass in the Spring [Video]
Go along on a kayak fishing trip with Kayak Bass Fishing’s Chad Hoover and learn some of his top tips for catching big bass in the spring…
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.
Why Should a Solo Canoeist Use a Kayak Paddle?
Usually when we think of paddling a canoe we think of using a canoe paddle. But if you’re a canoeist who loves to head out alone, you may consider using a double-bladed paddle instead…
Our Best-Selling BB Special Canoe Paddle
Bending Branches’ BB Special bent shaft paddle—our best selling wood canoe paddle—is designed for flatwater cruising. It provides great quality at a great value.
Proper Paddle Storage During the Winter

As the temperatures start to change, summer outdoor gear tends to be stowed away for the winter. Wondering what to do with your canoe and kayak paddles? 

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.
Catch More Fish by Understanding their Physical Capabilities
Learning the most efficient strokes to propel the “boat” is part of it but for the paddling angler fooling the fish is close to the top of the list. Learning about your quarry is the key.
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.

Why Use a Top-of-the-Line Kayak Paddle with a Pedal Fishing Kayak?
Kayak angler and host of YouTube’s The Florida Bass Paddler, Bill Sikora talks about why he uses Branches’ Angler Pro kayak paddle in his pedal kayak.
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.
Our 14 Top Gift Picks for the Paddlers on Your List
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, we wanted to give you 14 of our top gift picks for all the paddlers on your list! Whether your friends and loved ones canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board, you’ll find some great ideas here…