Paddling Education

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…
A Canoe Trip in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands
Photographer Ian Finch and his buddy, Jamie Barnes, recently embarked on a canoe trip into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Upon their return, Ian told us about their trip and shared with us some of his gorgeous pictures.
Dehydrate Your Own Canoe Trip Food
Dehydrating your own food for wilderness canoe trips is a great option if you have the desire and the time to do it.
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.
Fall Wilderness Canoe Tripping: Be Safe
Heading into the wilderness on a canoe trip in the fall conjurs up images of pristine lakes, dazzling fall colors, crisp mornings, warm campfires…and no bugs!…but there are safety considerations to keep in mind that don’t come into play during the summer months.
“Why I Kayak Fish”
Chad Hoover, Kayak Bass Fishing host and Bending Branches ProStaffer, shares his heart in this short video about why kayak fishing is so special.
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.
How to Keep Your Kayak Paddle(s) in Tip-Tip Condition
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
Fall Bass Fishing in Tennessee
Fall fishing in Tennessee is not only beautiful, but it's exciting! Early October in the south means cooler mornings, and leaves that are just starting to turn beautiful hues of gold and crimson. Early autumn also signals the time when...
Gear Tips: Packing Light for a Canoe Trip [Video]

Bending Branches ProStaffer, Careena Belnap, is an avid outdoors woman from Ontario, Canada. In this video she takes us through the gear she and her husband bring on their wilderness canoe trips.

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…

Canoe Trip Food: What Are Your Options?
A multi-day canoe trip is a unique wilderness experience that, like backpacking, means you pack your food wherever you go. Let’s look at your options for canoe trip food so you can make the best choices for your group and situation.
How to Choose a Canoe Paddle

So you want to buy a canoe paddle. Though the options may seem overwhelming, when you answer just a few questions you can narrow down your choice quite easily.


Bending Branches' Angler Pro vs. Angler Navigator Kayak Fishing Paddles

Here at Bending Branches we’re committed to making the best kayak fishing paddles on the market. Let’s compare our two top high-end paddles: the Angler Pro vs. the Angler Navigator.

Canoe Camping with Your Dog

So you want to bring your dog canoe camping. Sounds like a great adventure! Here are a few things to keep in mind before you head out…

Going Full Circle

Getting back to my roots was the biggest blessing of 2020.