The most hardcore anglers often find themselves traveling from one place to another. This is especially true if you’re in pursuit of a particular species or you frequently attend fishing tournaments.
With many fishing lodges all around the world, there are plenty of anglers that need to travel with their fishing gear. However, most anglers know that traveling with their gear can be a real pain. The most traveled angler is aware that there are hardly any guarantees or set rules when flying with fishing gear.
But that won’t stop us from sharing some tips on how to travel with fishing rods or your fishing gear in general. This is to help you best plan your next fishing trip.
Top Tips on How to Travel With Fishing Rods
Keep in mind these tips, the next time you need to travel with your angling rod.
Research the Airline
It’s best to research the airline and see if they will be more accommodating of someone who travels with a fishing rod carry case.
Airlines such as Alaska Air are used to travelers with their fishing gear, so they tend to be more accommodating. So this is worth the consideration when booking your next flight.
Some destinations are also more welcoming of traveling anglers when compared to others. For example, there are locations that are used to people toting their waterproof boat bags and rod tubes, so you’ll likely be given more leeway.
However, there are locations that are not used to seeing traveling anglers so the authorities will likely question you about your gear.
The key to successful travel with your gear is to pack wisely.
For the fishing gear, you will want to pack tools like pliers, forceps, hook sharpeners, etc., in your checked luggage. For this, try to pack enough that will last you for a day in the water. Of course, this will depend on your destination as a fishing day in Alaska greatly differs from a day in the Bahamas in terms of gear.
For packing rods, one-piece rods will obviously need to be checked, so make sure that you have the right tube for protection. When checking in an oversize rod tube, there’s a good chance that you need to pay some fees ranging from $25 to $100. With that said, check with the airlines with regards to the length of the tube allowed.
For travel or fly rods, you might be able to able to pack it into your carry-on luggage, especially if you’re only traveling within the U.S. One particular roadblock that you might encounter are overhead storage bins. If that happens, you might be forced to check your rods at the gate. In this case, you should be prepared with fishing rod travel cases.
For reels and hooks, for the most part, you are allowed to carry them. However, the TSA agent on the ground will still have to decide if these equipment are dangerous. Among travelers, the general consensus is that local trips won’t pose that many problems. However, international destinations might result in added scrutiny.
You can refer to the TSA website to check which items are allowed.
In case you prefer to ship your fishing gear, know that it can be difficult to find the right container. Your best bet is to visit your local tackle shop. Many shops tend to keep on tubes and boxes for their rods in case of returns. If your local shop doesn’t have tubes or boxes, you may create your DIY fishing rod and reel carrying case. There are many guides and videos that will teach you how to make a fishing rod case or box.
Most major hotel chains accept shipments and packages for registered and reserved guests. But you have to call in advance to confirm this. For local accommodations, check with them if they are able to hold the boxes for you, especially if you send it ahead of time. If you are staying in a well-known fishing area, you should have no problem with this.
Enjoy Your Trip
As a final tip, always remember that what you’re allowed to take on the plane is always at the discretion of the airport personnel. So always pack what you can hope to carry with the idea that there’s always the possibility that they will be checked at the game.
So it certainly won’t hurt to smile and be friendly to the attendants as it may mean the difference between getting your fishing gear on board or be handed over to the baggage handler.
What’s your experience of traveling with your gear? Do you have other useful tips on how to travel with fishing rods? Sound off with a comment below.