Paddling Education

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...
How to Canoe and Kayak with Your Dog

Want to turn your pup into your faithful paddling partner? Here are some tips from canoeists and kayakers who’ve done just that…

The Making of the Catalyst

"We’re saving wood from the firebox and we’re one step closer to making this world a better place."

Passing On the Canoeing Love: From Dad to Daughter

17-year old Emily Hanson just completed a 34-day wilderness canoe trip with four fellow campers and their guide. Her dad, Larry, couldn’t be prouder!

Wilderness Canoe Trip: Surviving a Grizzly Attack

Alex Messenger was between his junior and senior year of high school when he went on a 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness. It turned into a much more life-changing trip than he had anticipated…

Bass Fishing Kayak Set-Up [Video]

In this video, Gene Jensen shows us his favorite way to set up his kayak for bass fishing…

How to Get Your Kayak Ready for Grab-and-Go Fishing [Video]

With limited space on your kayak, the bottom line is you want to bring the gear that helps you catch fish…

Wilderness Canoe Short Film: “Finding Rhythm”

Bending Branches recently partnered with Canoe There’s canoe-loving team for the short film “Finding Rhythm.” Join them on their wilderness canoe trip…

Breaking Down an Unknown Lake

I’ve been kayak fishing for the last 6 years.  I came from the bass boat tournament scene and due to personal circumstances, I was forced to sell my boat.  I wasn’t going to go back to “bank fishing” so I decided to keep some money from the sale of my boat to buy a couple of kayaks.  It was “love at first paddle”!

Wisconsin Hero Outdoors: Connecting Vets & First Responders to the Outdoors

Wisconsin Hero Outdoors serves Wisconsin military veterans, first responders and their families by connecting them to the outdoors and outdoor activities…

A Folding Canoe? Yes! Here are Your Options

You may or may not have ever heard of folding canoes—but they’ve been around since the 1970s. They may be a great option for you! Here’s the scoop…

Our Whisper Kayak Paddle Awarded “Top Pick”

Bending Branches’ Whisper kayak paddle has been one of the best-selling kayak paddles in the world since 2013—and now has an award behind its name…

Knot Right TV: Kayak Fishing in America’s Backwaters with Chad Hoover

Knot Right Kayak Fishing follows Chad Hoover on backwoods adventures to waters where power boats can’t reach, along with tips and tricks for you…

Don’t Ever Do These Things in a Kayak

Yak Motley brings us five things you should probably never do in a kayak—specifically when fishing from a kayak in the ocean…

Boundary Waters Canoe Record Shattered

Two Minnesota men broke the “Kruger-Waddell Challenge” speed record—a 200+ mile canoe route through Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters—by more than 10 hours…

#1 Frustration-Reducing Item You Need for Kayak Fishing [Video]

Chad and Kristie Hoover let us in on their #1 gear pick to reduce your frustration when kayak fishing…

The Complete Guide to Our Canoe Paddle Grips

Bending Branches’ canoe paddles are made with a variety of grip designs. Each design  functions in a slightly different way. Here’s your complete guide to understanding canoe paddle grips…

Fishing the Llano River Near Mason, Texas (Ranch Road 2389)

One of my favorite rivers to fish is the Llano River. I have paddled and fished several different sections, with my primary destination being the South Llano River near Junction, Texas. For this trip, I decided to try out a new location where the James River and Llano River become one.

Bending Branches’ Kayak Touring Paddles

At Bending Branches, we’re mostly known for our canoe paddles and kayak fishing paddles. But we also manufacture several models of kayak touring paddles…

Kayak Fishing the Lower Florida Keys [Video]

What happens when a group of pro anglers hits the Lower Florida Keys for some kayak fishing? Find out in this video…

Growing Old Together: A Canoeist and His Paddle

Minnesota canoeist, Roy Erickson, has used the same Bending Branches paddle for almost 30 years on his trips into the Boundary Waters and Quetico…