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#KayakFishing in Small Streams
Posted by Richard Phillips   •   Monday, 2016-May-30
By Mike Pottman

What's the Best Boat?
The best kayak to take down to your local stream is one that you can access. If you're choosing a kayak, test paddle some to see which are comfortable. Both sit-inside and sit-on-top kayaks can work in small stream situations. Smaller, shorter sit-inside boats have greater maneuverability and can keep you dryer with spray skirts. Mid-length recreational sit-inside kayaks are a great option for most reaches. Very short whitewater kayaks may not be the best choice for fishing. Of course, the obvious choice are kayaks that are designed for fishing. Fishing kayaks are equipped with rod holders, bait wells, and plenty of storage area.

Small Stream Kayak Safety
While fishing from a kayak can be a blast on small streams, safety should always be your number on concern. On small streams, capsizing your kayak is a very real possibility. Wear comfortable clothing, and always wear your life jacket while kayaking, and be ready to take the plunge when it happens. It's not a bad idea to wear a helmet and paddling jacket to protect you from injury and hypothermia on the water as well. Prepare for your trip by checking the water level on the stream that you're going to paddle. If you can, consult a local paddling shop to ask what the best water levels are for your destination area. A knowledgeable shop may also be able to give you pointers on the best sections to paddle and safe put in and take out points. While some streams can be paddled most of the time, some are only floatable after some rain. These streams, usually smaller ones, should be attempted only by more advanced paddlers. Flooding streams can be dangerous, bring in debris, alter channels and create strainers. Strainers are one of the biggest safety concerns on small streams. A strainer is any obstruction like a tree that allows water to pass through it but not objects such as a kayaker or boat. If you see a strainer blocking a stream that you are paddling, bring your boat to shore, get out and assess the best way to navigate around it. Often, this may involve portaging your boat around the strainer. Rapids, narrow chutes, bridges, and low-head dams are among other dangerous impediments on small streams. All should be given wide berth or portaged around as appropriate.

Where to Fish
In any given state, there are literally hundreds of small streams that offer great kayak fishing opportunities. Start by exploring familiar streams that are close to home. Choose your route by looking at the length of the stream that you would like to paddle. Then, find appropriate, safe locations to launch and retrieve your kayak. A small stream that is ten miles long should take about five hours to boat, depending on how often you pause to fish and relax. Small streams are a great way to start your kayak fishing experience.

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Fun #Weekend Getaway
Posted by Richard Phillips   •   Monday, 2016-May-23

By Marcia Drewitz

Do you and your family love the great outdoors? Want a fun weekend getaway that includes something for everyone? Then head to southeastern Oklahoma - the Beavers Bend State Park area - an area known as the "Little Smokies."

Beavers Bend State Park and the surrounding Kiamichi Mountains are an outdoor lover's paradise. The Kiamichi Mountains are part of the Ouachita National Forest. "Ouachita" means "happy hunting grounds" as translated from Native American, but you will not have to hunt for fun things to do on a weekend adventure here.

Beavers Bend State Park includes Broken Bow Lake, which has mirror-clear water due to its being surrounded by mountains. The lake is not only good for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, wave running, parasailing, and paddle boating, but the area is also great for scuba diving and snorkeling, thanks to its deep valleys and one-of-a-kind rock formations.

Of course, the lake also offers up great opportunities for fishing. Wet your line and see who can catch the biggest black bass, crappie, catfish or walleye. Of course, the rainbow and brown trout fishing on the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers is some of the best in the country. If you are new to the sport of fishing, the area has many professional guides and outfitters to help you catch your limit and to provide everything you need to have an outstanding fishing experience. Temporary fishing permits are reasonably priced for those who are only visiting the area.

The lakes and rivers in the area aren't the only outdoor attraction, though. The surrounding, gracefully curving mountains also await those who want to breathe deep the fresh air. Miles of trails for every level of hiker offer a chance to see breathtaking views and a wide variety of wildlife, including migrating eagles, red-shouldered hawks, raccoons, deer, squirrels, and occasionally, black bears. For ornithologists, bird-watching is splendid in this region. In the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area birders have sighted over 270 different species including many that are rare to Oklahoma.

Hiking isn't the only way to see the pine-covered forests and mountains, though. You can also see them as the Native Americans did - from horseback. Area outfitters have mounts for every kind of rider, from experienced to beginner, so climb up and explore the area from a whole new point of perspective.

For golfing enthusiasts, the 18-hole Cedar Creek Golf Course is considered one of the best in Oklahoma. As a matter of fact, Golf Digest called it the best municipal golf course in Oklahoma. The course, known for its wooded roughs and narrow fairways, winds its way through stands of pine, hickory, and oak. The 16th Hole is their signature hole that features a near island green - virtually surrounded by Broken Bow Lake. The course also has cart and club rentals, a pro shop, and resident pro.

At the end of the day, you can either head to one of Broken Bow's many fine restaurants, or fire up the grill at your cabin and cook some steaks, burgers, or freshly caught fish. Cabin amenities also include fireplaces, covered porches, Jacuzzis, fire pits, satellite television, and DVD players. Some cabins sleep up to as many as 20 people, making it the perfect spot for a weekend family reunion.

Beavers Bend State Park is also handicapped accessible, accepts credit cards, and offers seniors discounts. For your next fun weekend getaway, head to southeastern Oklahoma's McCurtain County, McCurtain County is an easy 2 to 4-hour drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, OK, Tyler, TX, Little Rock, AR and Shreveport. LA. To make reservations, visit our website at or call 800-528-7337.

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How to Store Your #Paddleboard at Home
Posted by Richard Phillips   •   Sunday, 2016-May-15
Camillus Kayak Shop Demo Day 2016
How to Store Your Paddleboard at Home
By Kate E Gallagher

Stand up paddleboards are used for a surface water sport called paddleboarding. Paddleboarders stand on them and move around the ocean, a lake or a river by use of paddles. They look like surfboards but they are bigger. Due to their big sizes, it becomes hard to store them especially for people with limited spaces in their homes. These are some tips which will help you store your stand up paddleboard securely if you have a limited space in your home.

Use Inflatable Paddleboards

Storage of an inflatable paddleboard can be easy and space saving. After paddleboarding, you need to deflate, roll and place it in a compact storage bag. This bag can then be stored in a shelf, closet, cabinet or even in the trunk of your car. The paddleboard should be cleaned and dried up before storage. This may be a tiresome process as you have to inflate it again before going for paddleboarding but it's very easy to store it especially if you have a limited space in your home.

Use of Paddleboard Racks

You can also install paddleboard racks it the walls of your garage or even house where you can suspend your stand up paddleboard. They have hooks which hold the boards in position and are very easy to install. They will help you utilize the limited space in your home efficiently as you will suspend the paddleboard firmly in the walls of your garage which are usually free. Some racks are very beautiful when fixed at the walls of a house hence can be used as decorative elements as they hold the paddleboards. Hanging the paddleboard on walls is a highly recommended storage method as it keeps them dry which makes them durable.

Build Your Own Rack

A couple of people will custom build their own paddleboard storage areas in their home or backyards. A paddleboard lift can be installed in the ceiling rafters of a garage or attic, so the board lays flat, but it is still safely still out of the way. Others will take to their back yard and get a few pieces of weather treated wood and a tarp and construct their own little paddleboard shelving system. These keep the boards out of the house, where there may be very little space, but still ensures they are not just sitting on the ground outside exposed to the elements.

Any of these methods should be able to give you some good ideas as to where to store your paddleboard at home, especially if you are limited on space.

Kate writes all about paddleboarding, at Paddleboarding Central, a site that is dedicated to educating others all stand up paddleboarding. To find out more about paddleboarding, visit Paddleboarding Central.

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How Many Calories Burned While SUPing? (Stand Up #PaddleBoarding)
Posted by Richard Phillips   •   Sunday, 2016-May-01

By Christian Sinatra

One of the most common questions that people ask me about Stand Up Paddling is "How many calories can I burn"?

I've spent some time online looking for the correct answer but I thought I'd do a little "un-scientific" research myself. So I paddled yesterday using a heart rate monitor and my Polar Computer to give me a pretty accurate picture of a typical SUP workout.

Now a couple of considerations and disclosures. First, the heart rate monitor I used is made for cycling. I simply took the computer off of my bike and put it in my pocket while paddling. Certainly there may be some adjustments that need to be made for the "type of workout" but since large muscle groups are being worked in both cycling and paddling, I don't think the calorie calculation would change very much.

The other consideration is the paddlers size and weight. I'm 6'2" and weigh-in at about 225-228. Additionally, I paddle about 5 days a week which, I hope, means that my condition level should be a bit higher than the average bear. I would expect my average heart rate would be a bit lower as a result.

I conducted my un-scientific test on a clear morning with a slack tide and little to no wind. The conditions were nearly perfect and had little to no effect on my workout (as opposed to a strong head/tail wind, etc.). I paddled a 12' standard board (SupWorks Alpha) which weighs in at 28 pounds and I was using an QuickBlade Kahana carbon fiber paddle.

Here are the results....

  1. Exercise Time: 53:43
  2. In-Zone: 51:32
  3. Average Heart Rate: 147bpm
  4. Calories Burned: 822kcal

Couple of comments:

  1. The "Exercise Time" is the total time from when I started to paddle to when I stopped.
  2. "In-Zone" refers to how many minutes my heart rate was in my "Anaerobic Zone". My "Zone" is between 118bpm and 170bpm.
  3. My average heart rate for the entire workout cycle was 147bpm.
  4. I burned 822 calories for the entire workout. Using the same data, had a continued the same pace for an additional 6:17 making the total workout time 60 minutes, I would have burned a total of 923 calories for the hour. (Sorry for not making it an even 60 minutes, I just paddle a course every day and don't pay much attention to the time)

So the net-net is this. I burn 923 calories per hour on a normal Stand-Up Paddle workout.

It's interesting to me that the my heart rate was as high as it was. On a typical long-distance bike ride (on a Cervelo S1), my heart rate averages in the low mid 130's. When I paddle I don't really feel that I am working as hard as my heart rate (147) would indicate. I also don't feel as "beat" when I am done paddling as when I ride.

So that is my little study. I guess the simple conclusion is that, although my findings are not "scientific" they do show that paddling is a great low-impact core workout. If I burned the 822 calories during a typical workout and did it 5 days a week I would lose over 1 pound a week (assuming my calorie intake stayed consistent).

SupWorks is a manufacturer and online retailer of Stand Up Paddle Boards and Accessories based in Costa Mesa, California. Please visit us at [].

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