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Can you carry spey rods on a plane? or do you have to check them?

I am soon flying with my spey rods...can I carry one or two on the plane w/ me? or do I have to pack them/check them in my luggage? any recent experiences or current knowledge would be greatly appreciated...thanks
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-05-2007, 09:04 PM
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rod travel

In last year flown international twice and domestic twice wih rods and reel(lined and backed) with no trouble.
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use a snowboard bag and check them in the tubes, in the bag...

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Last year I flown domestic -Argentina- twice. One without problem, other I can`t carry the rods and the boxes with flies, of course the victorinox and the nippers are absolutely out...
Another problem is the safety sospenders with gas.
All depend the airport and your personal luck.
I prefer use plano or snowby rod tube with padlock.

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Carry on...

I have successfully carried on two spey rods in their tubes in the past. I taped them together so that they are easier to deal with. Your success in doing so also depends on the airport, it's security staff etc.
What I eneded up doing this fall is shipping them out to my destination early so they are there waiting for me. Is this more costly? Yes. Do I know that my gear will be safe, insured for the full amount of replacement, Yes. I do not trust the airlines, as they have "lost" a pair of skiis in the past and the amount of $$$ they gave me to replace them was no where near the value of the skiis lost. The same goes for your rods. It was really nice showing up at my buddies house, with my rods there waiting. If you have the option of sending them out early, I highly suggest it. All it takes is for the security droids to be having a bad day, and there goes your rods into the black hole of baggage. Just my .02.


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have a look here

scroll down to "guide cases"

This is from Red Shed fly shop and these are all I use when travelling by air (except helicopter, where I take individual tubes).

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What is the longest length Spey rod tube or carrier you successful folks have managed to get aboard an airliner as carryon?
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Spey Rod Carry On

Just got back from a trip to fish the Skagit in late March. The Skagit was blown out and to add insult to injury, Delta turned my three piece CND Custom into a six piece pile of useless graphite. As soon as Delta comes thru with the settlement, I will be contacting Bob Meiser to make me another 5 piece spey rod which I can carry on. The 5 piece 14 foot MKS that he made for me was accepted for carry on with no problem.
The baggage handlers at Delta managed to destroy a pretty substantial case by apparantly running over it with a fork lift. I think that they look at such cases as a personal challenge to their destructive ability. If it were not for the carry on rod, I would not have had a rod to fish with.

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Well it's not only the airlines who aren't the "sharpest knives in the drawer"! When I left home for Tierra del Fuego this March I had to take my rod case over to the TSA guy for inspection....I had 6 rods, including a vintage 1954 bamboo rod packed tip to tip in a locked extendable rod tube....I asked the TSA guy if he wanted me to open the case up for inspection....he says, "fishing poles?" I say, "fishing rods". He says, "No problem!" So when I arrive in Miami, I see my rod tube has been compressed in length by 18 inches........I am thinking, "there goes $3600.00 and a beautiful bamboo rod!"
The TSA guy had opened up the tube the hard way and compressed it to get the tube shut! Fortunately, no rods were damaged. Next trip, I plan on taking a solid , non collapsible, lockable, "TSA proof" rod case. Anybody know of a titanium tube being manufactured?
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To prevent compression of rods in adjustable length cases, include in the case a piece of PVC water pipe that is a couple of inches longer than the rods.

One piece wading staffs also work well as internal "barriers."
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As far as I know locks are no longer acceptable on luggage - they will cut them off!

I use the same snowboard/rod tubes that Dana refers to - they are serious tubes. Often I put my ski pole wading staff in which is added resistence to any collapsing.

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FEDEX vs Travel nightmare

I ship my rods and shotguns for that matter via FEDEX and insure them for more than they are worth. That way, if FEDEX does lose em I can get better equipment! (Plus no anxiety as I can check the routing to make sure the rods/shotguns are actually on site before I get on the airplane.) Take another FEDEX form plus tape, etc. so that on departure you don't have to scramble to send your stuff home, and you can already have FEDEX scheduled to come pick up your package. Of course havng a secretary handle all this makes it really easy. If you ship early, you save $$$ by shipping express saver. That all being said, last month I carried on a 3 piece 13' rod and a 4 pc 14 ft rod on United Airlines back from Florida with no problem.
Back in 2002, on the return leg of a Bahamas Bone fishing trip,my wife tried to convince a Delta security agent in FT Lauderdale that my 4 piece 7, 8 & 9 weight rods had been permitted as carry on from SFO to the Abacos and it didn't make sense that the same wouldn't be allowed on the return leg. My wife ended up being thrown off the flight and had to take a cab to Miami to catch a $1200 one way United Flight to get home while I had to purchase a box, check the rods, and take care of our traumatized children who didn't understand why mommy was taken away by bad men.

Lesson: When in doubt, Fedex, don't argue with the airport gestapo & Delta sucks.

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Transporting rods

I've been transporting 5-6 fly rods back and forth to Montana at least once per year since 1985 and 2 - 3 piece speys since 2002. I use an extendable plano tube on which I did use regular padlocks. I still attach locks now but they're the combination type, airport security approved and accessible ones which one can purchase at luggage stores. All airports have a universal key which they can use to check contents.
I also have personal property insurance which is more than the airline will compensate me if anything bad happens. However, I do like the idea of shipping them out to my destination before hand. I'll just need to find someone out there who'll hold them for me until I arrive.
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As far as I know locks are no longer acceptable on luggage - they will cut them off!

I use the same snowboard/rod tubes that Dana refers to - they are serious tubes. Often I put my ski pole wading staff in which is added resistence to any collapsing.
Kush, all you need are locks that TSA can open,
I use them when i am checking any luggage including rods in lockable cases and have never had a problem. All my two handers are 3 or 4 piece and i have never been able to carry them in to the cabin, tight lines,brian
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We have been flying with spey rods 2 - 3 times a year for the last several years. We use a Sage 4" x 43" rod case. We have never had a problem carrying the rods on. We generally pack 2 - 3, 13' - 13'4" rods, all four-piecers. I believe the rod tube will take up 13'6" rods. We have never had a problem and TSA has never even opened up the tube. We have had a couple of TSA agents ask we were going fishing.

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