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Air Travel with Fly Gear

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Flying from Phila to Jackson Hole to spend 10 days in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The last time I flew with rods, etc. was before TSA. Looking for suggestions on how to do it in this modern age.

Posted on: 2013/8/7 9:16


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You shouldn't have a problem carrying them on, especially if they're 4pc rods. Reels also no problem. Flies are probably ok, but I'd check any tools etc.

Posted on: 2013/8/7 9:34


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I am taking 2 4-piece rods, 2 reels, chest pack, waders.

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If you can fit all of that in a carry-on, you'll be fine. You can carry the tubes as-is (maybe tape them together). But I'd put hemos, nippers, and anything else that might get some TSA undies in a wad in your checked luggage.

Posted on: 2013/8/7 9:47


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Agree with the others, I just got back from a trip to MT and had no problem. I was on United out of ABE to Bozeman. I carried 2 rod tubes (taped together) on as my 1 personal item. I had a small duffle bag with my reels, chestpack, and other assorted gear. We had 4 in our group and we all did the same. We checked 1 bag for the 4 of us that had our nippers, flies, hemo, etc. (but all the critical gear was carried on)

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Using rubber bands works great in holding rod tubes together and does not leave a tape film. Anything with a hook to it - put it in your check-in luggage.

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I have carried 2, 3 and 4 piece rods on my trips without any issue. I will keep all hooks, nippers, knives, etc. in my checked bags or when I go to FL I will ship them ahead since I stay with my parents. I am fairly certain the folks in MT airports are used to seeing rod tubes . . .


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For those who carried on 4pc rod tubes: Were you also carrying on a backpack and/or standard carry-on sized piece of luggage?

I am flying (United) at the end of the month and would ideally prefer to carry on my rods and also carry a bag or small suitcase for my reels and other regular travel items. I've flown before and was able to carry on a backpack or laptop case along with my stowed carry-on baggage. I've never flown with rods as carry-on.

Thanks,

Kev

Posted on: 2013/8/7 16:14


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I have carried on a small luggage bag with my clothes, a backpack and 2 rods without checking any bags. Everyone does this now. Nobody likes the baggage fees.

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I just got back from a 17 day trip with, I think, 15 flights involved (admittedly, many of which didn't involve TSA).

Every single fishing related item I packed (alot) was with me as a carry on.

TSA didn't make a peep.

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Quote:

PennKev wrote:
For those who carried on 4pc rod tubes: Were you also carrying on a backpack and/or standard carry-on sized piece of luggage?


On my major carrier flights, I carried on

- rod case holding 4 rods
- backpack
- my fishpond "storm mountain" bag with most of my fishing gear (reels, flies, assorted tackle, etc)

on one flight, I was asked by the boarding agent to gate check one of my items. On all of the other flights, they let me carry all 3 on.

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CLSports wrote:
I have carried on a small luggage bag with my clothes, a backpack and 2 rods without checking any bags. Everyone does this now. Nobody likes the baggage fees.


Ok, so you carried the rods on in addition to the duffle and small luggage?

That sounds like the ideal situation for me as I may be able to take all I need with no checked luggage. I'm debating whether to take waders and boots so that still might change things for me.

Thanks,

Kev

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Numerous times I read in teh past to use a plastic rod tube, not a metal one. YMMV.

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gfen wrote:
Numerous times I read in teh past to use a plastic rod tube, not a metal one. YMMV.


As someone who has a few older metal tubes, I can say this is gospel. Plastic please.

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I flew this summer with a backpack, carry on roller, and one rod tube no problems. One guy on my flight was carrying 3 or 4 of the old metal tubes for 2 and 3 piece bamboo rods. I checked my waders and sling pack inside of another bag, but there shouldn't be a problem with that either. Any tools must be 7 inches or less in length so that probably means no fly tying vise or big ass hemo's but other than that you'll be fine.

Posted on: 2013/8/7 18:30



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