Paddling Education

Gear Up for Your First Kayak Fishing Tournament Season

So you’re a kayak angler who wants to get into the tournament scene. Here’s how to get started, with Kayak Bassin’s Chad Hoover…

 

Kayaking at Rock Island State Park in Tennessee
Rock Island State Park, located in Warren County in Tennessee, is an 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The immense beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge that sits stoically below the Great Falls Dam.
Outfitter Spotlight: Kayak Gozo

Kayak Gozo brings their guests on kayak tours around the sunny Mediterranean islands of Gozo and Comino, part of the Maltese archipelago. Co-owners Chris and Kristie tell us about their touring business…

Celebrating 50 Years of Maine’s Allagash Waterway: A Family Tradition

The Calverley/Arnold family of Maine has been canoeing the Allagash Waterway for 50 years. Daughter, Alison, tells us their story…

 

Build Your Own Wooden Kayak, Part 3 [Video]

Here’s Part 3 of Jason Eke’s video series on how to build your own wooden kayak…

Build Your Own Wooden Kayak, Part 2 [Video]

Jason Eke of Trailguide Pictures walks us through the process of building your own stitch-and-glue wooden kayak in this second part of the 4-part series…

Kayaking with Hypoglycemia

Tips for Kayaking with Low Blood Sugar and Why Eating Right is Important

Build Your Own Wooden Kayak, Part 1 [Video]

Trailguide Pictures’ Jason Eke walks us through the process of building your own stitch-and-glue wooden kayak…

How to Catch Big Fish from Your Kayak Safely

Our friends at YakAngler give us a few tips on how to minimize the risks and land those big fish safely from your kayak…

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…