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Air Travel w/rods, reels, fly boxes

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Traveling to visit relatives near Grand Rapids and go after steelhead in the areas rivers. I prefer not to check my bags of fly fishing gear. Any advice to offer for getting through security with fly boxes, reels, rods, wader, etc. Any advice welcome.

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Hi,
Traveling to visit relatives near Grand Rapids and go after steelhead in the areas rivers. I prefer not to check my bags of fly fishing gear. Any advice to offer for getting through security with fly boxes, reels, rods, wader, etc. Any advice welcome.

Mark
walk or drive security should stop you taking 200yrds of line in to the cabin the rest is fine best bet just phone them cos on here people will say i got on with my line
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I usually put all my fishing gear in my checked baggage and then just pray for the best. I have taken rod cases in carry on a few times. I put a multi-rod tube in the coat closet most planes have. Too many stories of flies and lines being called "weapons" and not allowed on the plane. Of course there are always exceptions, like the time I successfully carried my Leatherman and a 4" folding hunting knife onto a plane, but I don't expect that to happen routinely.

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As I don't know what airline you are traveling on, and can only give you some general ideas. However, I am a retired airline pilot.
You will be allowed a very specific size on your carry on!!! Often airlines WILL NOT BUDGE!!!! A whole bunch of flies could possibly cause some problems, but I don't think fishing line is an issue any more. I assume you will want to take your rods on board too. Some airlines are very fisherman friendly(Alaska,Southwest), others are not. Get on the website and read the rules. Then, call to be sure you understood them correctly. Get the initials of the person you talk to and their position and phone #, and keep it with you.
That said, here is what I would do. Put all my fishing gear to include waders and boots in a sturdy box and fed-ex or UPS it .I would have it arrive a week early. VERY SELDOM does fed-ex or UPS lose anything, but in case you are the "guy in the barrell" get it there early. Thus the only thing you have to get on board are your rods!! Any questions, PM me.
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I put all of my fishing gear in a ski case and check it. Carry on clothes.

I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.
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I have carried on full sized 2pc rod tubes on AK/Horizon dozens of times, never a problem, they always fit into the overhead...also have done same on Northwest and Delta with no problems
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I put two rods in each tube- make sure they are the plastic/nylon tubes, not metal. I have a daypack with straps on the side, in which I carry reels, fly boxes, sunglasses, cameras, sketch pads and books. Waders go into duffle with the rest of checked stuff.

My rods and reels are about the only valuable things I own, so I prefer to carry them. Waders and clothes can be easily replaced.

Be careful with the pack with tubes strapped to it- can be dangerous in a crowd or navigating the aisle of the plane.
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I fly on Alaska Airlines fairly often with 3-4 four piece rods strapped together in one hand and my backpack with reels and flies on my back. Never a problem with them. I suppose I could fit my waders and boots into the backpack, but I always seem to have a checked bag for those. The TSA has never given me any grief over anything other than knives I've forgotten in some pocket. The rods, reels, lines, and flies pass right though.
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travel w/fishing stuff

Thank you all for the help full tips!

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I travel with fly gear a few times a year. I have checked it all and carried it all on as we'll (I try to travel pretty light). I usually have no trouble. I have flown with both PVC and metal tubes, and always carry them on. Sometimes going through security they will ask you to open the tube. If you have multiple rods try to get them in to a single tube. I was made to gate check my rods on one connecting flight this summer because the flight attendant who was checking tickets decided they would not fit in the overhead, despite the fact that they fit perfectly fine. It was no big deal though, free gate check and just had to pick them up at baggage claim. If your boots or waders are still wet be sure to pack them inside a big garbage bag so they don't leak.
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I always carry it on and check it planeside never had an issue. The worst I get is pulled aside EVERYTIME I carry on my vise. TSA has an issue with it untill they pull it out and look it over then it is cool.

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As I don't know what airline you are traveling on, and can only give you some general ideas. However, I am a retired airline pilot.
You will be allowed a very specific size on your carry on!!! Often airlines WILL NOT BUDGE!!!! A whole bunch of flies could possibly cause some problems, but I don't think fishing line is an issue any more. I assume you will want to take your rods on board too. Some airlines are very fisherman friendly(Alaska,Southwest), others are not. Get on the website and read the rules. Then, call to be sure you understood them correctly. Get the initials of the person you talk to and their position and phone #, and keep it with you.
That said, here is what I would do. Put all my fishing gear to include waders and boots in a sturdy box and fed-ex or UPS it .I would have it arrive a week early. VERY SELDOM does fed-ex or UPS lose anything, but in case you are the "guy in the barrell" get it there early. Thus the only thing you have to get on board are your rods!! Any questions, PM me.
I don't understand the difference between a fly line on a reel and the cable on my headphones or the kevlar laces on my shoes.
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"I don't understand the difference between a fly line on a reel and the cable on my headphones or the kevlar laces on my shoes."

Neither do the brains at TSA.
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You just never know...

A couple of weeks back, I had a guy from the Canadian equivalent of TSA run my reels through the machine TWICE. The first time he took them out of my carry-on and stared at them for a full twenty seconds, gave me a puzzled look, ran them through the machine again and, for good measure, ran them through again (I guess it was actually three times they went through). I wonder which would have been the better picture: him with the befuddled look or me with slack-jawed amazement. And this in the steelhead capitol of the world...
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If you're talking single hand rods, I have a nice DB Dunn case that will hold up to six 9ft 3 pc rods, plus reels, fly boxes, waders, boots, everything you need to fish. It's been to Alaska & Florida a couple of times. PM me for pics & more info if interested. It's just collecting dust.

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