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Bending Branches Angler Pro - Never Look Back

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Bending Branches Angler Pro - Never Look Back

Paddle Make & Model

Brand:
Bending Branches
Model:
Angler Pro
MSRP ($):
329.95

When I started choosing my kayak fishing paddle, I immediately knew Bending Branches was going to be the brand.  They are hand-crafted in my home state of Wisconsin.  They are world-renowned for top-notch quality and performance.  Easy choice.  The difficult choice was which model.  They all are rated well in various circles.  My fishing kayak is wide and stable.  Thus, I wanted the lightest paddle possible to extend my time on the water.  The Angler Pro was the obvious choice.  I fell in love when I first held it and said, "Is there really a paddle in this bag?!?!?!?  Indeed there was not only the lightest paddle I've ever held, but it was beautiful.  We were in love.

When I first paddled the Angler Pro, other than the weight, I noticed how well it sliced through the water.  It sliced through the water like a hot knife through butter, propelling my large kayak with ease.  I admittedly don't have the best paddling technique.  This paddle immediately compensated, as confirmed in my first scary adventure with it.

I was new to the kayak fishing scene.  I had paddled before and fished out of small boats and canoes.  But I was eager to hit the water in my ultra-stable kayak with my ultra-efficient paddle.  Being VERY early spring, I opted for a river since there was no ice impeding my adventure.  Fast-forward to shortly after launching when I snagged my jig on a tree with 50lb. braid.  The high water and swift current wasn't as noticable, but I was able to get myself out of the hairy situation where I nearly fell in the water and lost my paddle.  However, I was able to escape the bad situation.  I was even able to paddle my large kayak upstream back to the launch in fast current.  I fully belive any lesser paddle would have never got me back to safety.  The full story can be read here: http://www.smallcraftfisherman.com/2016/04/bass-goggles.html

In addition to this scary situation, I used my paddle for countless hours over the course of the year.  I bashed it on concrete, rocks, boulders, sand, used it as a push pole at boat launches, etc. It looks and performs like new. Watch a video where I paddled UP rapids through boulders to get to a sparsely touched fishing spot.  The sounds made by my paddle scraping on the boulders would make most people cringe.  But I knew my Angler Pro could handle it.  And it did.  

 

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(Updated: March 21, 2017)
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More Power Faster Speed

As a competitive kayak fishing tournament angler I am a big believer in the importance of having a quality paddle while fishing. Other than your kayak and your PFD, it is the next most important piece of equipment you can have on the water. In this Bending Branches Angler Pro Paddle Review I’ll share some thoughts on why this is the ultimate paddle for kayak fishing.

My fleet consists of three kayaks (Wilderness Tarpon100, Wilderness Ride115, and Hobie Pro Angler 12) and fourBending Branches paddles (Sunrise, Angler Ace and two Angler Pros). Bending Branches is my preferred brand because of their superior

engineering, durability, flawless construction and they are assembled in the USA. Within their paddle lineup, the Angler Ace is a great option, but this is an Angler Pro paddle review, so we’ll focus on that model.

More Power, Faster Speed

Whether using a full paddle with my Ride115 or a half paddle on my Hobie PA12, the 104″ surface area of the blade on the Angler Pro provides maximum water displacement to help move you along  quickly or to make a turn easier and with less effort. The T-700 Carbon shaft makes a long day on the water easier on your shoulders and joints by providing just the right amount of flex to maximize your paddle stroke and minimizing strain. At only 30 oz. this paddling power comes in an amazingly light package.

Tough as Nails

When I got my first Angler Pro it was a thing of beauty, I was sooo paranoid about scuffing it or messing it up because it looked awesome. Soon though I was using it to fend off everything from rocks to docks and have really put a lot of stress on the blades. This thing is practically indestructible and still looks great. For off the water toughness, just read this previous article about how I used my paddle to help rescue someone on the side of the interstate. The blade on this paddle stands up to anything I’ve been able to throw at it thanks to multi-layer fiberglass blades.

Pro-Level Features

In addition to paddling power and toughness, the Angler Pro comes with several other elite features that make it the ultimate paddle for kayak fishing:
Comes either with a three hole snap-button ferrule feature allowing you to feather the blade angles, and also available with a telescoping ferrule for an adjustable length.

Tape measure imprinted on handle…I use mine sometimes to determine water visibility by putting one end of the paddle down and measuring with the handle.
Stylish color options include Sea Green, Camo and RealTree Max5. I have one in Sea Grean which is a high visibility color for safety on the water and one in Camo which is a sharp, understated look.

The Angler Pro with a snap-button ferrule comes in sizes ranging from 220cm to 260cm, in 10cm increments. With the Plus ferrule, the Angler Pro is available in adjustable lengths of 230-245cm and 240-255cm. For larger sit on top kayaks, or taller anglers, lean toward the longer length.

Although the price of $329.95 isn’t cheap, you truly get what you pay for. And, what you get with this paddle is unparalleled performance and toughness to give you a competitive edge on the water.  I hope you enjoyed this Pro Angler paddle review and will consider it for your kayak fishing needs.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Durability, strength, paddling power, lightweight
Cons:
Price
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(Updated: February 27, 2017)
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Bending Branches Angler Pro - Paddle and Never Look Back

I personally will not use another paddle (unless Bending Branches finds a way to outdo themselves). Worth every penny. Built to perform and last.

Check out the video of climbing rapids with the Angler Pro here: https://youtu.be/oaWgxFs9do4

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Lightweight, Efficient, Durable, Beautiful, Sexy
Cons:
Price (worth every penny once you use it)
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