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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-01-2019, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I was planning on only taking a carryon bag. Will the airlines allow you to take your flies in a carryon? Rob
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Yes. Domestic flights you’re fine. But there are certain foreign countries that won’t.
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thanks flytie, I have my 3 pc. fly rods in a travel case. Will the flight crew allow you to put the case in their closet? I know they use to. Rob
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From my experience I would say no to spey rods in general unless you are travelling to a known fishing destination like Smithers BC. Best to pack all your luggage in a golf travel bag (add in a couple of golf club like a putter and a driver for good measure). There are a few threads here already on this subject.

I have had some luck carrying on 4pc SH fly rod onto planes. Trick is getting your fly rod through the security check points. Rules vary from country to country. North american security checkpoints are generally good with fly rods. Asia is a mess, with each country having their own rules. Thailand for instance allows fishing rods but do not allow metal rod cases. Singapore (a flight hub) does not allow fishing rods of any sort to pass through security. Best to check it up and have it printed out before you proceed.

As for flies I have had to check in my bonefish flies flying out of Zihuatanejo airport, but most airport security are cool about it if hooks are not huge.

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I have not had much luck when asking about storing the rods in the closet. It used to be that the flight attendant would see that long tube and automatically offer to store it there, but that seems not to be the case anymore. They will probably gate check it for you on smaller planes. The large planes will too, but they check it through to the final destination, rather than just for that leg of the trip so that it is waiting for you on the baggage cart when you land.

As for flies: I had a security officer in Vancouver measure the hook gape on my flies. It has to be less than 1/2”. He said they were close enough.

I remember when airline travel used to be fun.

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I can't understand why some folks think a drink can is harder to carry out when it is empty than it was to carry in when it was full.
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American dinged me for two hundred bucks from DFW to BZN because my golf travel bag had fishing gear instead of golf clubs. I have never had that problem with Delta. I canceled my plan to fly American to Buenos Aires and booked with Delta.
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I went to Costa Rica a year ago and had no troubles carrying on my rods and a backpack with some flies and other gear. They made me open the tube and pull the rods out of the socks to verify in T.O. but allowed it. On the way home I had to check them. The Costa Rican Security would not allow them through.

I know there are some countries that will not allow feathers to be brought in at all. You may need to check on that. Domestic flights are not usually an issue as long as bags/tubes fit in an overhead compartment.

While looking into this situation I found out that several airlines will count "sports gear" as one bag if you should check it. Say if you have a gear bag and a rod tube both will be considered one checked bag even though they are two pieces as long as the only thing in them is gear related. As soon as you mix and match you will pay for each piece individually.

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American dinged me for two hundred bucks from DFW to BZN because my golf travel bag had fishing gear instead of golf clubs. I have never had that problem with Delta. I canceled my plan to fly American to Buenos Aires and booked with Delta.
Ouch! Hence my comment about adding at least a golf driver and putter in the bag. That way you are covered in case you meet a check in agent who is having a bad day and hell bent on making sure you have one too...
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Anyone use a snowboard beg?

I picked up a snowboard bag I am hoping that works ?


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Anyone use a snowboard beg?

I picked up a snowboard bag I am hoping that works ?


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Just make sure you have a snowboard in there or you are opening yourself up to potential exposure.
Oversized luggage fees are often exorbitant if it is deemed that you are trying to circumvent existing luggage rules.
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It's probably been ten years ago but, I flew to Tierra Del Fuego with all my fishing gear in a ski/ snowboard case.

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Any one have trouble with south west and a golf bag full of rods waders and boots?
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From Southwest site:

https://www.southwest.com/html/custo...CLK=SITESEARCH

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Cool...Looking forward to Teeing it up on the OP
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I recently made a business/pleasure trip to Australia, flying on United, American, and Qantas. No problem carrying on my 4” wide multi-rod case on any airline outbound or inbound, no problem carrying my reels on from Denver to SE Australia.

The return trip was a different story - I had to check the reels because they were concerned that I could use the line to “restrain” a crew member. I guess if you think about it, a few wraps if gel-spun backing would be tough to get out of. The scary thing was that my bag had already been checked when the security checkpoint people nixed the reels. I had to give them to the check-in counter agent who said they’d ask the baggage handlers to put them in my bag. It was nervous times until I landed in LAX and was able to confirm that all my reels were indeed still there.

Moral of the story? Consider taking line and backing off the reels and putting it in spools, checking those and then carrying the empty reels with you. I got lucky with honest baggage handlers - had the reels bit been there I doubt I’d have had much of a chance of getting them back from a small regional airport.

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