Paddling Education

We Made the List of Best Canoe Paddles of 2021…Several Times!
Our friends at paddling.com recently published their list of Best Canoe Paddles of 2021. They sifted through thousands of their readers’ comments and reviews to narrow down their choices. 45% of the canoe paddles on the list are hand-crafted by Bending Branches! Let’s take a look…
Bending Branches' Lineup of Kayak Fishing Paddles

As a kayak angler, your paddle is an indispensable tool that provides both the motor and the ability to position yourself precisely where you want to be to catch and land fish.

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…
Fishing the Spawn
Harsh winter conditions have finally given way to warm days, sunny skies, and most importantly, upper 60’s water temperatures.  Bass this time of year are eager to move shallow to spawn, and kayak bass anglers are just as eager to...
Protect Your Kayak Fishing Paddles with a Paddle Bag
One of the best investments you can make to protect your kayak fishing paddles is a quality paddle bag to keep them in.
Reader’s Stories: Paddling Mis-Adventures
Sometimes our day on the water canoeing or kayak fishing doesn’t turn out like we expect. When we asked readers for their stories for our 2020 Story Contest, a couple brave souls entered tales of their misadventures.
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…
Pack Canoe Paddle Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Selecting your First Pack Canoe Paddle
Pack canoeing is one of the hottest and fastest growing sports in paddling today. People are investing in these boats because of their light weight, comfortable seating, storage capacity, and unique maneuverability. Many paddlers believe they offer the movement of...
Bending Branches Readers Share Their Kayak Fishing Stories
Many of the stories we received from our readers for our 2020 Story Contest were about their kayak fishing adventures. We want to share a few of those with you here…
Bending Branches’ Andrew Stern Talks Kayak Fishing on “The Final Cast”
In this episode of The Final Cast podcast our own Marketing Manager, Andrew Stern, joins Josh Eldridge, Brad Hicks and Jimmy Skinner to talk Bending Branches, the Angler Navigator, the Angler Pro and kayak fishing.
How to Get Your Friends Hooked on Kayak Fishing
We talked to Bending Branches ProStaffer and Ontario native, Eron Dodds, about ways he’s learned to introduce people to the sport he’s come to love—kayak fishing.
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...