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Old 02-20-2011, 10:34 PM
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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.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:46 AM
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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.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:11 AM
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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!
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:21 AM
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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.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:04 PM
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Thanks for the info guys.

First "fly" trip for me and sure don't want to screw it up.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:33 PM
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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.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:12 PM
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Thanks for the reply Greg, nice site and rods!

Guess I need to make some phone calls to the airlines.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:23 PM
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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.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:32 PM
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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.

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Old 02-25-2011, 09:00 AM
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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.a...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.
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