08-29-2014, 10:40 AM
Re: Airlines and fly rods
Welcome to the world of commercial aviation. You are in for such a treat....
Flying with your fishing gear is no problem. At least it isn't for me... I work as an explosives engineer and I travel a fair amount. Usually, after I'm checked out for setting off every buzzer known to man due to the explosives residue that tends to work it's way around boot tongues and under laptop keyboards, they just roll their eyes at all my fishing gear and tell me to get out of the way.
Two rules to remember:
1. I try to keep as much gear with me as possible so it's never out of my sight. I've lost count of how many times I've showed up at my destination and had no bags at the luggage claim.
2. Don't ever leave an expensive pair of polarized sunglasses in your checked luggage, not even a backup pair. It seems in most third world places, these are the first things lifted from checked bags and there is basically no recourse once they are gone. (There is one, but it's made to be such a hassle that it's almost impossible to do.)
My Gregory backpack works fine for getting my gear around. Two rods per tube slipped under the compression straps and then I fill the pack with whatever.
PS- He's right, Delta does suck. In this day and age, all North American carriers suck.
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