The airlines have made it difficult to travel with longer rod cases. They will hit you with some outrageous fees on longer tubes. I have a few of the SKB rod carrier's and like them as they don't roll around like the home made PVC variety. They are also triangular in shape which makes them almost crush proof. The problem with the stock SKB is the length. It will handle rods up to 7'2" in length. That's great for tossing in the back of a truck, but not good for traveling. It has a fixed overall length of 89 1/2". I needed a shorter case and have given up trying to find one. So, I cut down the standard SKB to handle rods up to 5' 6". I left 5'8" inside the case so I can overlap the rod tips with other rod butts. I like using velcro straps to keep the rods tight against each other. The SKB has padded inserts in both ends of the case. I took the standard SKB case and made two cuts off one end of the case. The off-fall was then used to overlap the butt joint of the "shorter" case. A kerf down one of the flat sides of the off-fall enables it to open up and slide over the newly formed shorter case. Stainless steel rivets were used to fasten the overlapped off-fall to the two new sections. Rivet selection is important as it is difficult to rivet into a composite material such as the SKB without having a nub stick out on the inside of the case. After experimenting with different rivets, I finally got the right size to keep the inside clean and flush.