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Werner "Camano Hooked" Paddle

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Werner Camano Hooked

Paddle Make & Model

Brand:
Werner
Model:
Camano Hooked
MSRP ($):
275.00

The Werner "Camano Hooked" Paddle is a great new angling paddle. The best angling paddle is of course the best paddling paddle and the Camano provides the perfect combination for paddlers who want gentle power and use a relaxed all around touring stroke. The Camano Hooked features the award winning Low Angle mid-sized blade design and offers the best balance of light swing weight, durability and performance.

Features:

  • Award winning mid-size blades design offers gentle power and a smooth easy stroke
  • Advanced dihedral blade design creates stable forward strokes
  • Light swing weight reduces fatigue
  • Werner's most popular all around kayak fishing design

Specs:

  • Blade Size: 52 x 16cm
  • Lengths Available: 230 - 260cm
  • Weight: 28oz

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Werner Camano
Werner Camano trout tail
Werner Camano with a sheephead

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Tom Fucini
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Werner

I've been paddling with a Werner paddle for as long as I can remember paddling. My first paddle was a Werner Skagit(I believe) back in 2006. At the time it was the most I could afford and I didn't want to settle for something with an aluminum shaft. That original paddle served me well for the 5 years I used it and is still in use by the person I had sold it too many years ago. After trying two other paddles that were on the market I went back to a Werner 3 seasons ago and this time it was a Camano. I've always been a fan of low angle blades when paddling a sit on top because it allows me to maintain a lower stroke and keep from bashing my knuckles on the gunnels or any of my rod holders.

The Camano is the perfect all around kayak fishing paddle. Its light weight but more importantly has a light swing weight. The current ferrule is awesome. It feels solid and is smooth like a 1 piece but comes apart for easy storage while having an easy adjustment to change the paddle angle. The fiberglass blade has proven to be extremely durable when I have wedged the blade into rocks and used to push off jetties or docks time after time. I like that the paddle is designed as a paddle but has an angler inspired graphic. Werner didn't compromise performance just to create a "Fishing Paddle". I wouldn't swap my Camano for anything else out there besides another Camano.

Thanks for making such great product for many years Werner!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Rigid/Durable Blades, Solid Furrule (Feels like a 1 piece), Light swing weight.
Cons:
Nothing!
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Camano is great for wide yaks

Light, 2-piece connection is solid, Ferrule System is great
None come to mind

Absolutely love this paddle by Werner, it paddles great! I use my Camano with my Jackson Big Rig because its so wide that I utilize a low-profile paddle stroke. This paddle is is insanely light! That was one of, if not the, most important feature I was looking for. I also love that its a 2-piece paddle that, when connected, feels like it was a 1-piece. It's that solid! The Ferrule system is easy and quick to use/change. The blades are really durable too. I've accidentilly banged than against rocks in a river, used to push off or tree branches when drifting too close to shore. I mean they're really sturdy.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Large Lakes
  • Offshore
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Light, 2-piece connection is solid, Ferrule System is great
Cons:
None come to mind
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(Updated: November 05, 2013)
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Werner. Paddle of Choice

For a while, I didn't realize how much I loved my paddle. I knew it was a big step up from my previous one, and I really liked it, but never felt like I needed to write about it. Until one day, an opportunity came along, which sparked a long chain of events that really got me thinking. I was fickle at first, perhaps a little wishy-washy, but I can honestly say now, that I know I made the right choice... Werner.

I quickly learned the importance of a quality paddle when I started putting in extensive hours and numerous miles on the water. My starter paddle got the job done for me at first, but an upgrade became unavoidable as time went on. After doing some homework, I purchased a Werner Camano and promptly became enamored with it. Not only because I thought it was very pretty, but it made my time on the water more enjoyable. My paddle strokes seemed smoother, easier, and more efficient. I have a low angle paddling style for the most part so the Camano blade shape was just right.

My search for the right paddle was over and I went on to spend the next two years thoroughly enjoying my Werner. With catching fish being of higher priority than taking the best care of my paddle, I admit that in the heat of doing battle with some gnarly fish, the paddle was banged around occasionally. I used it to push off various structures including some barnacle encrusted pilings, but it has still held up strong and sexy as ever. Yeah, that's right, I called my paddle sexy.

My decision stood unquestioned, until I got a message from a very highly respected kayak angler. He wanted to know if I had a paddle sponsor and if not, I was welcome to join the company he was sponsored by. Until that moment, I had not thought about paddle sponsors. I didn't really care at first, but that message was a catalyst. The thought of sharing a sponsorship with some of the people I really look up to in the sport became exciting. Extensive research, testing of potential new paddles, phone calls looking for advice, all had me torn.

I sent Werner a message, but they could not reciprocate the same deal that the other company was willing to give me. Even with a good word put in by Cory Routh, they could only offer a partial regional team member status with a chance to become full team member later on. The other company was willing to give me full sponsorship immediately with two brand new paddles of my choice for free every year. For most, that is an easy choice. And to make it even easier, my research yielded a few paddles by the other company that had very similar attributes as my Camano. And the cherry on top was the that a few good friends of mine owned those exact paddles and were willing to let me borrow and test them for a while. They were all in the same price range, weighed about the same, and felt very similar to the Camano. And to tell you the truth, after testing them, there was really nothing wrong with those paddles. So this really should be a no brainer.

But the thing is, every time I picked up a different paddle, I wanted it to be my Werner. Whether it was small details that I couldn't pick out or some big design thing that I'm totally missing, I don't know. I just knew that if I went with the other company, I'd always be wishing that I was still paddling that Werner. And even though free would be great, it really comes down to my enjoyment on the water. That's what it's all about.

I'm sure those friends of mine who offered me the sponsorship and also let me borrow their paddles know that I mean no disrespect by turning it down. But I also thank those of you who gave me great advice, like "stay true to yourself" and "go with the one you believe in".

My recap of 2011, as well as the rest of my blog will attest to how much time I've spent on the water with this paddle. From ponds, rivers, inlets and the Chesapeake Bay to mother-shipping 40 miles out in the Gulf stream, I have no doubt that it made each trip a little sweeter. I am proud to say that I'm a paddler just as much as I am a fisherman and I love my Werner. Those who I helped sway over the years towards getting one will attest their undying affection for their paddle and have no regrets.

I'm sure we would all agree... we can point out all the bells and whistles and rant about quality materials, workmanship, surface area, swing weights and paddle weights, various specifications, blah, blah blah... but in the end, we love it because it just feels right. It feels good.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
16-30 times
Werner Camano
Werner Camano trout tail
Werner Camano with a sheephead
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