I suppose the concern comes around again once in awhile and sorry if this is not the category to post the questions but it does relate to having the proper gear for doing what we enjoy and being able to safely transport our essentials.
I have done a fair amount of car traveling with my 2 piece rods but I haven't had the opportunity to fly to my fishing destination since 9/11. After doing some research there doesn't seem to be a clear answer to the question. Can you take a fly rod tube(s) with rod(s) as an airline carryon? Is there a length limit? Can you attach your 4-5 piece rod tube to your laptop, daypack, or kit bag (with legal TSA stuff) and only count as one piece of carryon?
The other part of the dilemma is the transport of the the valuable equipment that is no longer allowed (flies, flyline, nippers, etc.) in a carryon. I suppose the answer is to load those essentials along with waders, boots, vest (fishpond pack etc.) in the check-in baggage and hope that it doesn't get stolen or lost (for the period you are traveling or forever).
I suppose this is the reason why we do not see fly fishing equipment companies having carryon luggage in their product line. But it does beg the question why one would want to use a fly fishing product check-in luggage that announces the contents.
I am planning a multi-purpose trip to central-northern California in middle June and any wisdom would be much appreciated.