I have many different ones mainly which have come with the Rods :Talon,Loomis,TFO,Stalker,Powell & Sage Tubes in Aluminium & Cordura,plus 2 Sage which will also take The Reels as well as a few made from Poly mainly for just throwing into a Vehicle to travel.
It doesn't what you use travelling on planes unless you either pack it or carry it you can bet it will be damaged
Two piece rods are not very air travel friendly. That kind of explains why four piece rods rule the market.
I pack my rod on how I am going to travel.
Car: Most of the time, I just use the tube that the rod came in. Sometimes I use a double rod/reel case that is made for two piece rods. Since my rods are four piece models, I only have one joint unferruled.
Plane: I have an old G Loomis rolling bag that has three built in rod tubes. If I need to carry more than three rods, I can fit standard sized rod tubes in the main compartment.
Backpacking: I just use the tube that the rod came with.
I rarely keep my rods rigged in the rod/reel case.
I would get two rod cases. One is for travel and holds 3 to 4 4pc fly rods. This is a DB Dunn but you can DIY with PVC.
The other is a double rod/reel case that will hold two 2 pc. fly rods with both reels attached. I keep these in my SUV. Get the ones that are long enough to hold two piece rods. I keep my 4 pc rods already lined up, with fly line and fly threaded on the rod. I wind the fly to the tip top guide, break the rod at the middle ferrule and store it in the rod/reel case. Then I can simple put the rod back together at the river and I am ready to fish. No need to line the rod or even put on a lfy. Just put the rod together, pull out the fly and leader and fish.
I keep a 6, 5, 4 and 3 wt rod and reels with me, strung up and ready to fish.
I am totally old school and there's just no changing that at this point. Almost all 2 & 3 piece rods are in aluminum tubes. Matter of fact I just ordered a 57.5" long X 2.5" diameter tube for a Spey rod. REC Technology is a leading supplier of rod tubes. You can get whatever you want from plain finish to powder coated with fancy caps and fittings.
I don't let travel interfere with my getting a really good rod that was only available in 2 piece 30 years ago. When I travel I ship the rods in their tubes inside cardboard tubes. I just sent 4 rods to Pennsylvania 2 weeks ago ahead of a flight that leaves tomorrow. Cost for shipping all rods & reels - fly boxes and etc. was 78 dollars. So.............. when I travel I know the gear is already at the other end and I travel very light.
Your rod is probably 4 piece or more but as you grow into this you may find that someday you'll want an old 8' 2 Pc. rod so try to remember the people who make the tubes. I know that you can make a tube from Home Depot PVC for cheap but I just don't roll that way
Here's another one that will give some folks chills. The only times I leave reels on my rods is when I am transporting them in the rod rack in the boat or on the truck moving along a river. All of the rest of the time I put those reels in the case that came with and the rods in their tubes. This was how I started, this became part of fishing; rigging up your rod and reel were just as much a part as the first cast.
That doesn't mean you should do that! You will find your own traditions I would hope and you'll one day be closing the gap on being sixty years old and be set in your ways like I am I will PM the link for the tube company.
I favor aluminum, but I don't limit myself to that. I have them for the first rod I ever built and the most recent on. I keep my eyes open for them at shows and whatever and so far have not had to spend over $15 for one. Most of my rods are in the cordura covered ones simply because they are easier to find at a decent price. If you go with aluminum, you need a rod sock to go with it. They are simple to sew if you have access to a sewing machine. I use my wife's 70 year old Domestic for the job.
I prefer the aluminum tubes, especially since the cordura covered models don't fit the rod holder pockets in my fishing pack! (I think they are better protected in the aluminum tubes, regardless of the pack)
My first rod was built for me by a friend. He sewed up a cool plaid sock for it too. He had me build my own rod tube with instructions to buy a piece of pvc pipe and one cap and one threaded cap. easy, custom fit and cheap.
Originally Posted by silver creek
The other is a double rod/reel case that will hold two 2 pc. fly rods with both reels attached. I keep these in my SUV. Get the ones that are long enough to hold two piece rods. I keep my 4 pc rods already lined up, with fly line and fly threaded on the rod. I wind the fly to the tip top guide, break the rod at the middle ferrule and store it in the rod/reel case. Then I can simple put the rod back together at the river and I am ready to fish. No need to line the rod or even put on a fly. Just put the rod together, pull out the fly and leader and fish. I keep a 6, 5, 4 and 3 wt rod and reels with me, strung up and ready to fish.
I think I want to get one or two of those double rod/reel cases. I tend to be very slow and careful when rigging up, mostly because I hate rushing - it kills the mood and point of the whole thing! Certain of my fishing buddies disagree and end up having to wait for me, this will give me a head start, even if I decide to switch flies at the river for some reason.
"By the time I was a teenager I fit the standard profile of a lifelong angler. I was lazy, shiftless, unambitious and willing to work hard only at things that were widely considered useless." ~John Gierach