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Knik
02-20-2011, 10:34 PM
So, how do you guys transport your rods when flying? (Carry-on/ checked baggage)

What rod bags/tubes do you like for this type traveling?

Looks like we will have 3 fly rods to take, all being 4 piece.

Thanks in advance.

RFork
02-21-2011, 09:46 AM
So, how do you guys transport your rods when flying? (Carry-on/ checked baggage)

What rod bags/tubes do you like for this type traveling?

Looks like we will have 3 fly rods to take, all being 4 piece.

Thanks in advance.

I tend to carry them on.

MadisonBoats
02-21-2011, 10:11 AM
I use pvc lined tubes/fabric cases and carry them on. Have the reels off and be ready to open up the case to show the rod and reels if screened. Check you air carrier to make sure your rod case will fit in the upper carriage holder. They will not let you hold it in flight. However; they will take it up front to the flight attendant station and hold it until you disembark.

I hope that helps!:smile:

kentuckytroutbum
02-21-2011, 10:21 AM
By all means, carry them on!

A couple of years ago, my wife & I flew to Maine to fish the Kennebec for a week. When we got back home, and I checked the rods, the baggage handlers must have dropped the rod case because the reel seat on my 5 wt rod was broken. i was able to repair it with SuperGlu, but what if that had happened on the way up there?

Never again.

Knik
02-21-2011, 12:04 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

First "fly" trip for me and sure don't want to screw it up.

gmreeves
02-21-2011, 03:33 PM
I have always carried them on and have never had any trouble even flying with 9' 2pc. rods. I would check with the airlines before you go and even then it seems for some, it is up to whoever is working that day. It looks kind of strange but I have traveled a few times with three aluminum rod tubes duck taped together. It gets some strange looks but I've never had any trouble.

Knik
02-21-2011, 04:12 PM
Thanks for the reply Greg, nice site and rods!

Guess I need to make some phone calls to the airlines.

MadisonBoats
02-21-2011, 10:23 PM
If it does not fit in the overhead; they will ask you to let them hold it in the stewardess station. Flown an insane amount of times with my rods. I usually get asked if it is a pool stick.

501
02-21-2011, 10:32 PM
Knik,
As an alternative to carry on I have shipped rods and tackle by UPS. I send it 3 day select and try to have a contact person watching for it on the other end. I insure heavily. This may be overkill and unnecessary unless you carry a lot of gear(compared to carry on). One reassuring advantage is that I already know my gear is there before I even leave home. You also don't have to worry
about whether your checked baggage switches planes when you do. I've never had anything lost.

Lee

MBWCC
02-25-2011, 09:00 AM
In the past I packed the fly rods in a large wheeled duffel bag. The rods would be in the manufacturer's tube (standard green cordura over plastic tube). I never had any problems but the theft loss potential always worried me. Last year (2010) I started using a carry-on case made by Fish Pond:

http://www.fishpondusa.com/dakota-reel-case.cfm

Unfortunately, two of my favorite rods would not fit in the Fish Pond case due to rod section lengths exceeding the case interior length. I eventually found an Orvis equivalent which is 2" longer:

http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=2Y2P&dir_id=11379&group_id=11388&cat_id=8963&subcat_id=8964

The manufacturers' literature claim 4 or 6 rod capacity (rod in sock) but I have personally found that I can load up to 9 rods & reels in either case. Typical rods I carry when traveling are 3-7 wt.

Baldeagle
02-25-2011, 06:03 PM
I had the misfortune to try to carry my 2 piece Orvis rod on a Delta flight to Utah. They told me I would have to check it and seeing it was my third bag they charged me $50.00!!
I complained that I had seen many other people carrying rods onboard but they would not budge. I wrote a letter to Delta when I returned but they said the gate agents have the final say. Needless to say, I shipped the rod back UPS for $4.00!

ChemEAngler
02-25-2011, 10:26 PM
Has anyone checked out these travel bags from Fishpond?

https://littleriveroutfitters.com/store/product.php?productid=16829&quantity=1

A cheaper alternative to the hard sided case since most of us already have a hard case for our rods anyway. I need to see one of these in person though.

I will be taking multiple fishing trips in the near future, and I am seriously weighing my options. The benefit of the hard sided cases is that I can also store my reels, spools, fly boxes, tippet, etc. in them. Don't know if these soft cases will handle all of that.

ChemEAngler
03-04-2011, 11:42 PM
Stopped in at LRO today on my way to fish, and as I walked through the door I saw one of the Fishpond Dakota cases sitting there with a 25% off sticker on it. It was a 2010 model, and Fishpond changed the color combinations for 2011. Daniel said that it had been there for a long time, and it was about time somebody snatched it up. I am thrilled with it.

This isn't my first Fishpond purchase, and I am sure it will not be my last. They produce very high quality merchandise that is very user friendly. Tried out my rods in it when I got home, and even my 9' 8-wt saltwater rod with a fighting butt fit easily into this case. Can't wait to take it on the next trip.

FYI..... I believe Daniel told me that there was still one more of the Dakota cases left and maybe even one Orvis Safe Passage rod case left at the 25% off rate. So, if you are looking for one of these cases, you may want to give LRO a call and see if they still have these sitting around.

fishermen00
03-10-2011, 09:37 PM
I usually drive on all my fishing vacations, so packing enough gear safely isn't an issue. I fly for family vacations or business travel. Either way, I'm never without a rod or two. On family and business trips, I usually pack one spinning rod and one fly rod, depending on where I'm going. I always check the airline I'm traveling for carryon specifications, to make sure the rod tubes will fit. I usually make my own rod tubes out of heavy pvc from Home Depot or lowes, that way I can cut them to the right length. I also have this little gem, it allows me to carry multiple small aluminum tubes with me thru the airport. I have a 2nd small carryon with my reels, but I put my flies/lures and fishing tools in my check in just in case something isn't kosher and it would get pulled at security.

Word of note, if you ever fly to Key West. The commuter flights into Key West are very limited on luggage. One carryon and one check in use to be the rule. Last time I went, I made a very strong rod tube for 5-6 rods, packed it really well, and shipped it ups to my hotel and took a return shipping label with me for when I was done. Cost about $80 at the time. Funny thing is, ups broke my rod tube(not the rods). I filed a claim and they bought me a new one.

Good luck
DW

Knik
03-11-2011, 09:37 AM
Travis...... I was in there on the 5th and didn't even think to look. Lol. I'll make sure to look the next time I'm there.

Fisherman00...... thanks for the info, need all I can get. :smile:

ChemEAngler
03-11-2011, 04:41 PM
Travis...... I was in there on the 5th and didn't even think to look. Lol. I'll make sure to look the next time I'm there.


Knik,

If you know what you want, call and they will ship it to you for free. I wanted to see the Orvis and Fishpond cases side-by-side before making my purchase. LRO, as I expected, had them both there so I was able to do just that. The Fishpond case had a much higher quality feel to it than the Orvis case. The Dakota zippers and materials were more substantial, and very well built. Plus I am not a big fan of the clear plastic pockets on the front of the old Orvis case. I do quite a bit of business travel, and most all have the same carry-on dimensions restrictions:

I always check the airline I'm traveling for carryon specifications, to make sure the rod tubes will fit.

Linear inches is the L + W + H, so 45 linear inches could be 12" x 10" x 23", or 31" x 9" x 5", or any other combination that equals 45.

United: 45 linear inches
Delta: 45 linear inches
US Airways: 45 linear inches
Southwest: 10 x 16 x 24
Continental: 45 inches

Fishpond Dakota: 45 linear inches
Orvis Medium Case: 45.5 linear inches
Orvis Large Case: 51 linear inches

gutshot
03-12-2011, 04:25 PM
So, how do you guys transport your rods when flying? (Carry-on/ checked baggage)

What rod bags/tubes do you like for this type traveling?


I attach my rod tubes to my backpack and I never have a problem.

I spend more time worrying about who I travel with than about the rods as the first takes care of the second. Southwest and Alaskan airlines are the best, least hassle options.

I travel mostly with spey rods and one of those is a four piece 15 foot rod. I have another 10 foot four piece that I put into a cardboard tube and tape closed. I have had up to four attached to my backpack which contains my waders, wading boots, reels, fly lines, and flies. Tying material not including hooks is placed in there as well with sun glasses and cameras.

Everything else gets put in the bottom of a military duffle bag with all my clothes on top. It they want my tying hooks and other tools, they are gonna have to dig hard for them. The return trips are worse as the clothes are often dirty and fish slime covered.

For full rods, when I go offshore saltwater, I ship by UPS. Do it from home and take it to a local UPS place. You will save a ton of money and avoid the "franchise fee."

Any other questions?

ChemEAngler
03-12-2011, 07:23 PM
I travel mostly with spey rods and one of those is a four piece 15 foot rod. I have another 10 foot four piece that I put into a cardboard tube and tape closed. I have had up to four attached to my backpack which contains my waders, wading boots, reels, fly lines, and flies. Tying material not including hooks is placed in there as well with sun glasses and cameras.


My goodness, that must be one heavy pack! That is a lot of stuff to put in a backpack, and to have fit within the carry on size restrictions.

I think it would be easy to pick you out in an airport. :biggrin:

I typically check my waders and boots. That is because I usually have a backpack full of camera gear, so I can't take along a third bag for waders and boots. However, it is something I have thought about trying for a while. When having large carry-ons it is a huge benefit being a Delta Sky Priority (or other airline preferred customer) member, because I get to board first and it is easy to find carry-on space.

gutshot
03-12-2011, 08:25 PM
My goodness, that must be one heavy pack!
It is but they don't weigh carry on bags now do they.....;)

As for Delta, I am not a fan they have gone out of their way to (hi Paula) cause more trouble than they are worth giving them business. If you fly southwest you sign in the day before and most times will have the back half of the plane to divide your bags into the overhead space. The nice thing about the airlines is women with large purses. The airlines specify a carry on and personal item, that can be a purse. If the women get a big purse I get a big second bag for other things. On big offshore trips it is my reel bag which weighs upwards of 60lbs when full. You just have to make sure that it looks lighter when you carry it....lots of people would be shocked if they knew my carry on baggage weighs around 100-110 lbs.

I would never put my waders in checked baggage, especially with Delta. You are asking to ruin a trip if you do that, especially if like me the final destination airport is still hours from the fishing.

The greatest sin in destination fly fishing is not having your gear with you at all times.

Mail the extra camera equipment, better to catch fish than take pictures of not catching fish.

I got my most recent backpack off of sierra trading post. Get one with an internal frame and good back support. I also look for one with lots of tie off points and strings and such.....makes attaching the rod tubes much easier...

Paula Begley
03-12-2011, 08:45 PM
It is but they don't weigh carry on bags now do they.....;)

As for Delta, I am not a fan they have gone out of their way to (hi Paula) cause more trouble than they are worth giving them business.


Gee whiz, gutshot, was that your attempt at a clever way of baiting me?

Paula

501
03-12-2011, 09:57 PM
I too have traveled Delta with fishing gear. Mainly to San Diego for long range fishing. I used an Orvis travel vest (2 sizes larger than I wear) and stuffed it with all my camara gear and other gear. I used a carry on bag that held 15 reels (2 80wides, 5 50wides and 8 others all loaded with line) and passed thru checkin without any problem. The bag was so heavy I could barely get it into the overhead compartment for storage. And I'm a strong guy! I still think the pilot had to use extra wing flap on the side I sat on to stabilize the plane. I still smile when I think about this.

Lee

fishermen00
03-12-2011, 10:31 PM
It is but they don't weigh carry on bags now do they.....;)


Last trip I took to Key West, the last leg of our flight each and every passenger had to stand on a scale with their carry on so they could total the weight.

501
03-13-2011, 09:06 PM
fishermen00,

Uh oh! Sounds like I would have gotten in trouble if I had been going to Key West. I'll remember your post as good advice.

Lee