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Old 12-10-2007, 05:18 AM
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Default First time traveling.

I've been fly fishing now for about 15 years in New Hampshire and Maine. Recently I was presented with the opportunity to travel to Colorado this spring and fish there for a few days.

One thing that keeps wearing on my mind is traveling with gear. I have 3 6-7wt rods all that 'break in two' so to speak. I have one decent carrying case that carries two poles with reals side by side in hard shell plastic case. It's quite long at about 5 feet. I guess my question is, is that is it ok to check this as luggage? Should I tether it to any other luggage? I'll probably condense all my gear into my vest and stuff that into a large backpack with my waders boots and net. Then take another large duffel bag with warm clothes etc.

This is probably not as big of a deal that I'm making it out to be. Any suggestions or information anyone could impart to me would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2007, 01:05 PM
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As my Forum name suggests, I have to fly to all the flyfishing I do, so I've been in the process of migrating to 4 & 5 piece rods for ease of carry-on, and I've carried on rod tubes as long as 4 feet (on SW Air) with no problem. Although I think you might run into difficulty in carrying on a 5 foot long case, I don't think you'll have any problem checking it as luggage. After all, skiers routinely check their ski carriers which are much longer than 5 feet.

It sounds like you're going to check your other gear rather than carry it on with you. That's probably a good idea, because there are a lot of flyfishing tools that may get you hung up in security if you try to carry them on (knives, scissors, etc.).

Hope this helps . . .
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I'd ship it via FedEx 3day air. They're perfect on over 98% of shipments. I don't think the airlines get anywhere that level.

Some airlines will let you carry on 2pc rods in tubes, but you'll have to do research as to whether yours is.
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Old 12-10-2007, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: First time traveling.

Thanks so much for the replies. Just what i was looking for.
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