Flying with Rods

Discussion in '360 Degrees Lounge' started by rtran, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

    After a quick glance searching through goggle I couldn't find anything about restrictions on rods being a carry on item. Those of you that fly out and bring your gear with you, how do you normally do it? Ksong said he took a rod on as carry on and no one bothered him. I'll check with my airline when I can but just wanted to get some input from you guys first.
  2. mcgolfer

    mcgolfer Guest

    one of the main reasons we developed our 7 1/2ft rod was that it would break down and you would be able to travel with it and be way under the airlines 7ft length maximum. get yourself a hard case for your rods and pack them with care and you should be good to go. just remember that your 7ft rod that doesn't break down may not be allowed to fly with you. each airline has its own little quirks...rick

  3. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

    I'm sure I can get it through check in but am wondering about carry on. Is that what your talking about?
  4. Ragman

    Ragman Moderator

    I just flew American Airlines for the Miami Boat show and carried on our
    7 1/2' two-piece rod. Zip tied it together in its soft case and as I boarded the plane, placed it in the coat closet just as you step on the plane.

    No problems, not even any questions going or coming home.

    When I travel with multiple rods, I pack them in a holder but keep it below 7' and check it. Counts as one checked piece.

    I mainly travel AA, Delta, and Continental.
  5. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

    What if I ziptie both rods I plan to take, would that count as one piece? What kind of holder do you put them in?
  6. Ragman

    Ragman Moderator

    Probably be o.k. with just two rods.

    I had it in its O.T.I. rod sock that comes with each rod.
  7. MrBill

    MrBill Senior Member

    Fishing Rods are permitted as carryon and checked baggage. Check with your air carrier to confirm that it fits within their size limitations for carryon items. It's the carrier's decision as to whether or not it can be transported as carryon baggage. Some tackle equipment can be considered sharp and dangerous such a jigs and poppers.

    Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as fly's should be packed in your carryon baggage.
    Put a TSA lock on your checked bag, Always print out the TSA page and carry it with you at check in with the fishing/hunting equipment regulations, in case they mess with you. Carry your expensive reels as carry on. Some TSA's give a hard time about line being on them. No hooks on carry on. It's best to print out the policy on the airline and bring it with you. Any other items such as rods, lures, lines are checked (and insured) with hopes that they will be at your destinations. Just be sure to secure ample bubble wraps (with tapes) around your rods to ensure rod breakage. … Insure it and hope for the best.

    Here are some policies of some major airlines.

    USAir/AmericaWest's policy
    Fishing equipment
    Fishing equipment will be accepted in the normal free baggage allowance in lieu of a piece of baggage. One item of fishing equipment consists of:
    Two rods
    One reel
    One landing net
    One pair of waders (properly encased)
    One tackle box

    United's policy
    Fishing Allowance/Requirements
    2 rods
    1 reel
    1 pair of boots
    1 tackle box
    1 landing net

    Free in place of one checked bag.
    Maximum size/weight
    50 pounds/62 linear inches

    Maximum length
    109 inches

    Other information:

    Continental's policy
    Fishing Equipment
    Continental accepts one item of fishing equipment per customer in lieu of one piece of free baggage. An item of fishing equipment consists of the following:
    1 landing net
    1 pair of fishing boots
    1 tackle box.
    All items must be properly encased in a suitable container not to exceed a total of 115 linear inches (L + W + H)..
    Fishing equipment over 80 inches in length will not be accepted as checked baggage on any itinerary involving a Continental Express* or Continental Connection flight.
    Fishing equipment carried in addition to the free baggage allowance will be assessed at the current excess baggage charge for a single piece, whether or not it is presented as a single piece.

    Alaska's Policy
    Fishing Equipment
    The following items may be checked free as a third bag: Two rods, two reels, and one tackle box encased in a proper hard case or Alaska Airlines box. Fishing equipment is authorized to exceed 62 inches. However, if the item is excess or overweight it is subject to applicable fee.
    Note: Fishing rods must be inside a single case. Cases may not be taped together.

    American's Policy

    FishingRods and reels contained in a case and one bag with fishing tackle, landing net, and fishing boots.Two pieces - Fishing rod case and fishing equipment bag are free in place of one 62 inch bag

    Fishing rod case 50 lbs. 115 inches
    Equipment bag 50 lbs. 62 inches
    For purposes of excess baggage, two pieces count as 1 item

    American's policy is the most explicit, specifying the exact size and weight of the allowed pieces. Continental's is the most poorly written, seeming to require that the rods and tackle bag go into a single container, but that is not true. United's and USAir's do not explicitly state that you can exceed the 62 inch rule with the rod tube.

    Yes, you may get stopped at the check-in counter, but that is because the counter agent is not aware of the rule. As with the TSA rules, you should have the rules printed out with the date and web address in the footer. This will allow then to look up the policy. If you are forced to pay an excess baggage charge, make them write down specifically what they are charging you for. When you complete your flight, you can contact customer service, explain the situation and get your money back.
  8. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

    I plan to fly US Air so that's perfect, I can bring all my fishing gear on board with me without risk losing it!

    PM'd MrBill.
  9. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

    Thanks for the info. Tom/MrBill
  10. gman

    gman Senior Member

    Your best bet is to check the rods, I will tell you why. I fly a lot, if you attempt to carry on the rods in a soft case and they decided for whatever reason to decline you once aboard that means you will need to check you rods at the gate in a t case which means they will be broken. In addition if you carry them on you most likely will need to put them above you in the overhead which is a lose lose proposition.

    Check them and be safe or do what I do ship them ahead of time so atleast if they lose it they will have time t find them
  11. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

    Recommend you not use one of the popular "Bazooka" rod cases for checking, though. It has the word--you guessed it--"BAZOOKA" molded in huge 4 inch letters right into the side of the case. I'm thinking the baggage carriers call in the FBI, rip your ass out of the plane and have you cuffed and bare-assed naked, face down on the tarmac with blood coming out of your ears, while they tear the case open and inspect it. Only then will they let you back on the plane with apologies and maybe a complimentary drink--while the baggage handlers steal your rods.

  12. gman

    gman Senior Member

  13. fathom

    fathom Lifetime Supporting Members

    For a budget case the plano airliner can be had for $50.
    it will hold 4 2pc rods in socks easily.

    forget about a lock as it must be ready for inspection.

    do put your contact info on inside of tube as well as outside.
  14. BretABaker

    BretABaker Guest

    has anyone tried the SKB case? It is $80 I think
  15. Fishhead56

    Fishhead56 Senior Member

    Last week I shipped 52QT ice chest and 7'6" rod tube via Fed Ex ground from
    Fex-ex station to Hotel in Windsor CT.

    I new my stuff would be oversized "length" and too many checked pieces "3"
    so I knew I would have airline diffuculties and fees.

    My rod tube is Standard plano vintage 1985. standard extended lenght is 6'
    prevoisly redrilled it to extend to 6'7". But this was not good enough for the
    7' rods I wanted to bring to the Nor East. So a 3' length 3.5 Dia peice of schedule 40 "thick wall" PVC was inserted in to the tube. First though
    the insert was wrapped at each end to take up the inside gap and insure
    a tight fit. Generous amount of duct tape on the outside complete the
    Modification. The tube was Uglyer than a MUD Fence. But of correct length.
    It took a bit cordination to get 5 rods to fit through the reduced inside Dia. also.

    The ice chest was a max Cool Igloo packed with limited tackle, tacklebag and 7 reels. The chest was taped with 2" std packing tape 3 times 1 each over the hinges 1 over the latch and 1 time cicular around the lid seal.
    Each wrap was then over wrapped the 1" cargo strapping tape. Or the tape with the nylon strands in it that is virtuly tear proof.

    The Fed ex office was on the way to the airport I was using "Hobby" and
    just across ihe Freeway from FTU on 45 south.

    The Agent measured the tube and chest to the exact inches, incuired about
    the contents. "tackle" "nothing perisable". The content value $2.4K, Wheight
    11lbs and 40 lbs, desitnaton ect and even asked if the tackle was fresh or salt water equipment.
    and proceded to type a bunch of info into the the terminal. I was thinking
    More typing more money...
    Well the bill for shipping by ground was $46. Shipped out monday noon
    and arrived Thursday noon. The Tube and chest looked in the same condition
    as when checked in. All of the contents were fine also.

    So I would indorse this way of getting our type of gear from one destination to another. Shipping overseas and dealing with import customs would be the

    Took only a few min on the way to airport.
    No frowning counter agent
    No Gorilla throwing items across the tramac.

    Turned in Fed ex $ on expense account..
    All positive points.

    Now I got to use the darn stuff...

  16. MrBill

    MrBill Senior Member

    has anyone tried the SKB case? It is $80 I think

    Yep, got two of them. They will handle rods to 7'2". Very strong and the triangle shape keeps them from rolling around. They are not adjustable. They use two clasps to tighten down. They are resessed so they don't catch anything. They say they hold up to 7 rods. I only pack four or five to each case. They are very nice.

    They measure 89" over all length. It a full 23" going around the diameter of the case and the handle.

    Attached Files:

  17. LEXPRO

    LEXPRO Senior Member

    I like the SKB case. I want to make sure im clear on this, the rod case cannot be locked when you check it right?
  18. Fishhead56

    Fishhead56 Senior Member


    Good question..
    Yes it can be , and should be locked after it is checked in.
    But TSA could want to inpect it after check in.
    So TSA has ispection xray points next to checkin counters
    as well within (behind) check in area. Just smile at the check in person and ask to have
    TSA inspect your case before locking. This should be only a 50 ft walk
    to their area and another short line.
    I have done this with rods, industrial test equip ect,,
    stuff that you don't want to leave unlocked or have the locks
    broken into.
  19. LEXPRO

    LEXPRO Senior Member

    Will they need to open it in mexico (customs) before i get it from baggage claim, or is customs after baggage pickup in cabo?
  20. Fishhead56

    Fishhead56 Senior Member

    Your bags remaim untouched until claimed by you.
    You exit the plane . pass imagration, pick up bags
    in claim area then pass customs.
    Should be no problem, Foreign customs is like ours.
    They are interested in taxable items and forbidden items.
    Fishing equipment for your temp use should be no problem.
    In the regular fishing areas that visitors go to.

    What I don't know and would like to hear about is importing fresh caught fish
    back to the usa?