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I'm posting to general with this request hoping for the most results.

In the past I have simply wrapped multiple rod tubes together with Duct Tape to form one bundle of 3 or 4 tubes. It works and I have plenty of Duct Tape because it's almost a residency requirement.

I'll be traveling with rods ranging in size from 11 1/2 foot up to 14 foot and found that most multi rod cases seem to be geared to 13 1/2 foot as the max length rod they will hold.

The multi rod cases are also quite spendy, not that I want to cheap out but the Duct Tape method has worked in the past and could again.

When I think security I'm not sure that someone having a mind to pilfer Spey rods wouldn't recognize a rod shipping case any less than my Sage and Hardy tubes so I'm asking...……….

Traveling out of country with rods as checked luggage what do you use and …. do they have a locking mechanism like rifle cases?

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Ard
 

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I use Harding and Sons carriers made for the length of my spey rods. To my dismay, I've learned they have ceased business, so that's not an option any more unless you can find a used one.

If you want to spend a bit, the Sportube works well. Plano also makes a couple of different ones.

If you want to be effective but cheap, go to Home Depot, buy some 4" plastic pipe, end covers, and fashion your own. You can cut to length and even jury rig a handle. It works great, and has the advantage of not advertising expensive rods within. Would fit 2-3 spey rods.
 

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I use a golf travel case. They're quite spacious and are built to be within airline specs. I will look for a link to mine and send it to you if you like. I have posted it on an earlier thread. They must be checked though.

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I use Harding and Sons carriers made for the length of my spey rods. To my dismay, I've learned they have ceased business, so that's not an option any more unless you can find a used one.

If you want to spend a bit, the Sportube works well. Plano also makes a couple of different ones.

If you want to be effective but cheap, go to Home Depot, buy some 4" plastic pipe, end covers, and fashion your own. You can cut to length and even jury rig a handle. It works great, and has the advantage of not advertising expensive rods within. Would fit 2-3 spey rods.
I’ve done the PVC route quite a bit; very cheap, very strong, about the only negative I can think of is that they are rather heavy compared to the aluminum rod tubes. Works well for me.
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I have a giant sage bazooka tube. I think 6" in diameter and holds at least 8-10 4pc rods in socks. pretty sure I had an 8152 in there at one time, and my 8142 is in there now with room to spare. not too heavy duty, but have never flown with it. I would second the motion for pvc if I wanted a more bombproof tube.
 

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How about a Pelican (or other brand) rifle case? Should be plenty big to fit numerous rods up to like 4pc 16'. Also has the benefit of adding your own padlock to keep prying eyes and hands out during transit.

The other option would be to see if you can ship your rods ahead to your destination/lodge and have them hold them until you arrive, then ship them back when you leave.
 

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I have a giant sage bazooka tube. I think 6" in diameter and holds at least 8-10 4pc rods in socks. pretty sure I had an 8152 in there at one time, and my 8142 is in there now with room to spare. not too heavy duty, but have never flown with it. I would second the motion for pvc if I wanted a more bombproof tube.
I use this same Sage tube and agree with the rod sizes mentioned. The longest rod I’ve tried is a 4 piece 15’2”, and it fit well. I have traveled with it and placed a TSA lock on it without problems. Sturdy enough to check on. A buddy of mine uses the Sportube and swears by it.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions, in the past I've always shipped them ahead but between the ship cost and adequate insurance for loss or damage it too can become quite expensive.

Not sure how I'll handle this because I'd like to fish right up to departure dates and these are the favored rods.
 

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I use a rifle case. Holds 4-5 rods 11-13.5 feet and 3-4 fly boxes no problem. Cost me $25.
 

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I have a Simms Bounty Hunter Spey Cannon thing which comfortably holds my 14ft rod - I generally pad out the extra room at the top with wading socks. I use one of those TSA padlocks for security.I have the 3 rod version, but they do a 6 as well - which I believe can also hold a reel if you wanted it to.

My friend uses the plastic pipe and duct tape option, which is much cheaper but very heavy. I like my tube as it's easy to carry around the airport and stow on a boat etc with any of the rods I'm not using in their socks and protected.
 

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Hello Ard,
For 25 years I used a 6" (too big really but worked) PVC with glued cap one end and a non glued cap on the other.

Made a handle on it by using 1/2" Wide, Worm Gear Hose Clamps and attaching a piece of old belt. Secured the lose cap by another hose clamp and tightened it down hard if I checked it. I let friends use it also on separate trips so it had a lot of air miles.

If you make one like this though it will sometimes be needed to be picked up in "oversize" luggage at baggage claim.

And, as it was kind of hokey no one would steal it or think it contained thousands of dollars of rods. I loaned it out the last time and it was crushed in a bad wreck so it's history.

Then son in law gave me one of the Sage ones that has been mentioned above and it works fine but is not nearly as strong and is so nice it yells "Steal me" Steal me". I too put a small lock on it.

I kind of liked the old one due to it's scraped and bruised outside and all the old stickers but was so

Glad you are travelling!!!

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Sporttube. But you don't want to lock them bc the airport security will need to inspect them often. They do have the locks that come with the automatic security opening mechanisms though I believe.
 

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The topic of security is an perplexing one for me. For rod tubes, I don’t really see any security benefit from a lock... if anything, I’d be concerned that a lock might actually increase the odds of someone just snatching the tube? I’ve mostly brought my rod tubes (and reels, lines, and flies) on board as carry on luggage, other than on international flights where we were required to put all rods, reels, and lines in our checked luggage. I really don’t like having to do that, as I do worry a bit more about the chance of something going missing. I’m honestly less worried about actual theft, and more concerned about luggage just being mishandled, left on luggage carts, sent on the wrong plane, dropped somewhere along the way, etc. I’d love to be a bit less concerned about the security of my checked luggage, but I’m not sure there is really a lot we can do?

If you do carry on a rod tube as your carry on or “personal item”, smaller planes will typically require you to “gate check” them. This is fine, but on two separate occasions I’ve had to ask the baggage handlers to go back and look for the tube because they hadn’t seen it (or perhaps assumed it wasn’t luggage?). Then of course there’s the risk of forgetting it on the plane, like I tried to do once ... don’t laugh; after a long week or so of fishing hard and a long red-eye flight, my mind was about as foggy and fuzzy as can be. Thankfully one of the flight attendants noticed I didn’t have the funny looking PVC tube I had boarded the plane with. Never would have imagined I could forget something so valuable and so cherished.
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We all know the horror stories of airline lost/damaged rods and luggage, but honestly, given the number of people traveling to/from fishing destinations, the percentage of mishaps is fairly minimal. I've traveled extensively, with no issues at all (fingers crossed). I think if you intend to fish exotic destinations, or even non-exotic places that involve air travel, you just have to accept the risk it can happen, albeit rarely. Otherwise, anxiety will overtake the pleasure you should be feeling about your upcoming trip.
 

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A skateboard case will hold a number of rods in their tubes. Some of the older, longer 3 piece rods may not fit, But for 4+ piece rods, they will work. Nice advantage is many of them come with rollers and you can use a luggage lock to secure the rods.
 

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As suggested try Sierra Trading Post 0n sale Simms 6 spey case to 15 Ft (51x6x6) 40%off $80
 
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