fshbm said:I think they offer the exact same advantage, which sinktip mentions, that single-hand versions provide: they allow you to keep rod and reel together. Those of us who've gone on long trips and managed, somehow, to forget a reel may appreciate this comfort more than others. Personally, I have rod/reel cases for all my rods for exaclty this reason. Don't see the "need" for keeping a rod strung--regardless of the taping issue--during travel or transport, either. Pretty sure that's an additional 30 seconds of set-up time I can spare. :chuckle:
Not having the reel and rod together has resulted in my traveling several hundred miles to end up without a reel before. That's more than worth $75.00. Also, as sinktip mentions, there is the risk of damaging a reel taking it on and off the seat--or even "misplacing it" in the field--that does not exist if the reel remains on the seat at all times ($75.00 to protect a $700.00 reel is pretty cheap insurance). I have, unfortunately, done some pretty serious cosmetic harm to a reel or two by dropping them when setting them into the seat on the rod. And, at least with some of my reels, the act of constantly taking them on and off the seat was a source for wear on the foot of the reel itself (my Tibors in particular wore the anodization off completely). Those, frankly, are the only reasons for me having a rod/reel case. They won't help set-up time in any significant way, but so what? That's not the point. Not everyone sees their value, and, of course, they're free not to buy them.their seems to be very little advantage to buying a 75 dollar rod and reel case versus just using the cordury rod case and the reel case the reel comes with, it takes 10 seconds to put the reel on, it takes 5 minutes to put the line through all the loops, and tie on the flies.