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 the edge of your boat or be forced to lean with your strokes. If it’s too long, you’ll be carrying extra swing weight and may have less control over your kayak.

Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide

Kayak Width Under 23" 24" to 28" 29"-33" 34"+
Paddler Height Recommended Paddle Length
Under 5'5" 210 cm 220 cm 230 cm 240 cm
5'5" - 5'11" 220 cm 230 cm 240 cm 250 cm
6'+ 220 cm 230 cm 250 cm 260 cm

Add 10cm for every 6in of raised seat

Adjustable ferrules are commonly used by kayak fishermen because of their versatility and ability to accommodate wider boats and adjustable seats.

Adjustable ferrules are also great if there will be paddlers of different sizes using the same kayak. Or one paddler using different types of kayaks.

Kayak fishing paddles are designed with a wide, high-angle blade so you can paddle your gear-laden boat with ease.

As you can see from the chart, the wider your boat, the longer your paddle needs to be. If you’re tall, you’ll need a longer paddle, too.

Recreational kayaks are wide and stable, so you’ll need a longer paddle to be able to reach the water easily. Touring kayaks are narrower, and sea kayaks are narrower yet, meaning your paddle can be shorter since you have less reach toward the water.

Measure your kayak’s width across its widest point. If you’re kayak shopping, the manufacturers will list width as one of the specs of each boat.

High-Angle or Low-Angle Paddling?

One other factor will play a part in your paddle’s length: are you a high-angle or a low-angle paddler?

High-angle paddling is aggressive and fast. Because the strokes are more vertical, your paddle should be shorter. Whitewater kayakers and speed-lovers use high-angle strokes often.

Low-angle paddling is relaxed and meant for long days on the water. Your strokes are more horizontal and so your paddle should be longer. Touring and recreational kayakers use mostly low-angle strokes.

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Bending Branches Angler Rise Fishing Kayak Paddle

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Size: 250 cm
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If you’re just getting started in the world of kayak fishing, or you’re a “couple times a year” angler, the Angler Rise is the paddle for you.

At a crazy-low price, the Rise is a sturdy kayak paddle that will get you to your favorite fishing spot with energy to spare. It has an aluminum shaft and durable polypropylene blades. And one blade has a convenient hook-retrieval notch so you can rescue your line and lure in case of a less-than-perfect cast.

The Angler Rise comes with a snug-fitting 3 hole snap-button ferrule that is adjustable for feathering angles 0° and 60°, L or R. This paddle is available in lengths from 230 to 260cm, in 10cm increments.

Blade

Size 6.75 x 18 in.
Surface Area 89 sq. in.
Blade Polypropylene
Features Hook retrieval system in blade

Shaft

Shaft Aluminum
Length
230cm, 240cm, 250cm, 260cm
Features Ovalized for Comfort
Shaft Pieces 2-Pieces

Specs

Weight 37 oz.
Feathering Angles 0° & 60° (L or R)
Ferrule Snap-Button
Size 6.75 x 18 in.
Surface Area 89 sq. in.
Blade Polypropylene
Features Hook retrieval system in blade
Shaft Aluminum
Length
230cm, 240cm, 250cm, 260cm
Features Ovalized for Comfort
Shaft Pieces 2-Pieces
Weight 37 oz.
Feathering Angles 0° & 60° (L or R)
Ferrule Snap-Button

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