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Flying w/fly fishing equipment

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Any tips on what not to bring to an airport and avoid getting molested by TSA....I'm planning on going fishing with my brother in Southern California. I usually always just take one suitcase and maybe I could stuff it in there...anyway any tips would be greatly appreciated

any California fisherman around this forum? :)

Posted on: 2013/6/3 10:21


Re: Flying w/fly fishing equipment

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rods can go on as carry on I think anything sharp like hooks nippers should go bellow. I think they see it often enough that you will be fine.

Posted on: 2013/6/3 10:34


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I suggest to carry your rod on and to pack everything else in a checked luggage bag (non-carry-on).

Posted on: 2013/6/3 10:37


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Safest bet would be to ship the equipment to your brother ahead of your arrival. Otherwise, call the airline and confirm their rules.

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If you're staying at a hotel or such just ship it there. You can get conformation that it gets there, insurance if it gets damaged, and won't have to worry about it getting confiscated. Plus if it makes up an extra bag for you, it's probably cheaper than the bag charge in the airline.

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Check with the air line. I haven't had a problem with a carry on rod case here in the states. I put my reels flies,etc. in my suitcase. no problems so far. Overseas is another story. GG

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All fishing gear should be carried on... or shipped

never check it
Flies are legal carry ons

Posted on: 2013/6/3 11:20


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I haven't had much problems. It is easier if you can put stuff in your checked baggage. Of course you run the risk of lost baggage, but I generally take that risk. My most intense fishing buddy carries all his gear on the plane so there is no risk to his fishing time. He can wear t same clothes all week if the luggage is lost, but doesn't want to risk fishing time. I'm not that extreme. I often take my rod on board and it helps to have a 4 piece rod to fit in the overhead easier.

The one issue is that tools must be less than 7" to be carried on. Forceps, needle nosed pliers, and misc fish hook removers can be more than 7" so check. When I went with a buddy last year he gave up a favorite pair of needle nose pliers he had used for decades because they were 8" long.

I usually fly through Newark and frequently get asked a lot of questions about fishing gear. Folks in Newark are not fisherman friendly. The opposite is true out West and when the TSA staff see a rod case out there the first question is "how was the fishing?"

Posted on: 2013/6/3 11:51


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As for fishing in Southern California, Foxgap is our resident expert. Check out his recent post under "Stream Reports". He's a really good guy.....although some on here may disagree. Hahahahahaha!!!!!

Posted on: 2013/6/3 12:45


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thank you gentlemen, just exactly the kinda of stuff i was looking for....i'll look for fox and see what he can tell me about the area.

Posted on: 2013/6/3 15:49


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Straight from the TSA website:

Fishing Rods/Poles

Fishing Rods are permitted as carry-on and checked baggage. However, please check with your air carrier to confirm that it fits within their size limitations for carry-on items. Ultimately, it is the carrier's decision as to whether or not it can be transported as carry-on baggage.

Tackle Equipment

Fishing equipment should be placed in your checked baggage. Some tackle equipment can be considered sharp and dangerous. Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as fly's should be packed in your carry-on baggage.

Posted on: 2013/6/3 16:17


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I did this about a year ago and I checked everything in a locked suitcase except my 2 piece rod. I carried that on and put it in the front compartment where the flight crew stores their bags and they never had an issue. I now just leave everything with a friend out here in CA and get it from him when I fly in. I will caution against checking anything such as any flammable type of fly floatant.

I agree with exactly what Jdaddy posted from the TSA. I never had an issue with them. I flew out here (I'm there now ) Saturday though and brought refills of frog's fanny in my carry on. Doesn't the TSA setup shop to randomly check bags as we board. Fortunately I didn't get chosen although I was thinking how to explain powered fly floatant to a TSA woman. LOL

EP, who would dare besemerch my hard earned reputation by calling me a good guy! Jeez, some people will write anything online!

Posted on: 2013/6/3 16:54

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take the TSA rules with you - sometimes uppity check in girls will insist you can't take the fly rod on.

i have a clear case for it and never have any issues after i get the rules out.

imho most TSA staff have done checks on fly rods a 1000 times.

i've never had an issue with reels or flies on domestic or foreign trips.


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Quote:

Foxgap239 wrote:
I did this about a year ago and I checked everything in a locked suitcase except my 2 piece rod. I carried that on and put it in the front compartment where the flight crew stores their bags and they never had an issue. I now just leave everything with a friend out here in CA and get it from him when I fly in. I will caution against checking anything such as any flammable type of fly floatant.

I agree with exactly what Jdaddy posted from the TSA. I never had an issue with them. I flew out here (I'm there now ) Saturday though and brought refills of frog's fanny in my carry on. Doesn't the TSA setup shop to randomly check bags as we board. Fortunately I didn't get chosen although I was thinking how to explain powered fly floatant to a TSA woman. LOL

EP, who would dare besemerch my hard earned reputation by calling me a good guy! Jeez, some people will write anything online!


a locked suitcase is a good recipe for a suitcase with a broken lock unless you have a tsa universal lock.

Posted on: 2013/6/3 22:07


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When I went to Jackson last summer I took a rod/reel case that holds 2 9' rods as a carry on along with a back pack that had most of my fishing gear. I put my flies and nippers in the checked bag. TSA was no issue with the rod case, United was fine with it too, I went in the overhead bin without issue.

Posted on: 2013/6/4 6:38



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