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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-17-2019, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Fishpond Dakota 45" Rod & Reel Case

Anyone have any experience using the 45" case as carry-on? It's way over-sized per the typical airline allowable carry-on size limits, but I have seen larger items like guitar cases brought on board. Or, on the other hand, has anyone checked on of these and had good(or bad) results? I've already bought one, so I'm not looking for alternatives, just any experience using one. Think large commercial jet, not little regionals where everything is gate checked anyway.

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I have used one several times. I have been allowed to carry the case on and stow it in the overhead compartment (usually on a larger plane). At other times I have gate checked on the jetway and picked it up as I disembarked. Only on one occasion did the case have to be checked as regular luggage. Over time the case has picked up a couple of wear marks but overall it's been great.
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On Alaska Airlines last summer, I was allowed to carry-on my 45” Fishpond Jackalope but my buddy had to check his Dakota.
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Used the jackalope 45" rod tube overseas this summer total 7 flights only had to check it once. Don't ask at check in or waive it around just carry it on. The one time they made me check it we were standing in front of line waiting for boarding to start and attendant saw us standing there with it. Lay low and carry it on like everything is normal.
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Thanks for all the info, I appreciate it. I did call Fishpond and they assured me the Dakota was designed to handle the rigors of being checked, so I'll feel a bit better if I'm forced to ride with it underneath. I'll still keep my reels in my carry-on though!

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That's what we did carried on our reels. Not worried about damage checking rods their rod holder and also Simms protect them very well but worried about them being stolen as airlines won't cover lost fishing rods. The fishpond and especially Simms scream out look at me expensive fishing rods for the taking. If you plan on checking use somerhing discreet to pack them in.
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Thanks Kb. I also put a tile tracker discreetly in my checked rod case just in case it goes missing.
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