Imagine the scene, you just booked the fishing trip of your dreams.
After purchasing your plane tickets, you contact your boss to confirm that you have the time off, you reserve a place to stay, and you start scoping out good fishing spots in the area. At this point, it seems like everything is ready.
A few weeks before your trip, you start to think about what tackle, rods and reels that you are going to bring.
Then the week of your trip as you start to pack your bags and this question pops into your head: Can I bring my fishing poles on the airplane?
This question may have never crossed your mind until moments before the trip. Now it is too late to have them shipped to your destination. What should you do?
Well, in this post, we are going to answer that question as well as other related questions you might have about travelling.
Can You Bring A Fishing Rod On An Airplane?
Yes, you can! According to the TSA website, not only can you check in your fishing rods, but you can also carry them on the plane with you.
That being said, my personal recommendation would be to carry your rods and reel with you on the plane. There is nothing more frustrating then getting to your final destination only to find out that the airlines lost your luggage and it “might” arrive As we know at times airlines can lose our luggage and it is much easier to pick up a few lures or some fishing line at a local bait shop than a brand new rod and reel.
In addition, it is important to note that while you can bring your rods with you on the plane, you are not allowed to bring sharp objects such as: hooks, lures, pliers, or braid cutters with you. They will need brought in a checked bag.
How To Pack Your Fishing Rod
Now this is the tricky part. Just because you can bring it on the plane, doesn’t make it easy. Let’s talk about some tips to keep in mind, whether you decide to bring them on as hand luggage or you decide to check them.
Hand Luggage. If you plan on bringing your rods with you on the airplane, I would definitely recommend you carry them in a rod tube case. There are several types available, however, the most common options are either a fabric one or a more durable hard case.
For me personally, I would recommend going with the more durable one. I say this because sometimes the overhead bins fill up fast or sometimes the airlines might require you to check in your luggage. The last thing you want is your expensive rods in a soft fabric tube banging around underneath the plane.
Protect your investment by carrying them on in a durable case just in case you need to check them.
Checked Luggage. It goes without saying, but if you plan on bringing a one piece fishing pole you are going to need to check it. If this is the case, it is important to check with the airline before buying a case as some airlines have limitations as to hold long your tube case can be or else you might have to pay addition fees.
Lastly, don’t forget to clearly label your rod case with your name, phone number and address in the event that it does get lost.
One rod tube case that I would recommend for air travel is the Plano Airliner Telescoping Rod Case.
What I like most about this case is that it is telescoping. This is the perfect case if you are traveling with several piece rods as this case telescopes up to 88 inches long and can carry 8 rods in total. The best part is that it also collapses done to 47 inches making it great for checking-in your two piece rods, storing them or carrying them on where allowed.
How Much Does It Cost To Check My Fishing Rod?
This depends much on the airline and the size of your luggage. As we mentioned earlier in most cases you won’t have troubles checking in a long tube case, however, you may have to pay additional fees.
For most airlines nowadays, it can run as low as $25 and as high as $100.
How To Ship My Fishing Rod And Reel
As you can see it is relatively easy and straightforward to bring your favorite fishing rods with you on the plane. However, you might be thinking at this point that you don’t want to deal with the extra hassle at the airport and would much rather like to have them shipped, but you might wonder, how do I go about having my fishing rods shipped?
Shipping your fishing pole before your trip is also pretty simple, but let’s talk about some important thing to keep in mind.
Packing. The most important thing you need to know about shipping your rod is to make sure that you pack it well. When it comes to packing your rod, there are a few essentials I would recommend everyone use, fishing rod tubes and lots of bubble wrap. If you had previously purchased your fishing pole online you can use those tubes in the future for shipping purposes. If you no longer have these turn, ask are your local bait shop. Many times you can find them there.
Next, be sure to use plenty of bubble wrap. This will help to protect your investment from any damage on the trip. Keep in mind that not only will you need plenty of bubble wrap to get to your destination, but you willl also need some for the way home. In my opinion you can never have enough bubble wrap.
Insurance. Most shipping companies will allow you to insure your package. I would definitely recommend you do this, but be sure to follow the instructions closely so that in the event something happens with you package you are covered.
Find the right price. Sure, shipping your fishing rods ahead of times can be much cheaper than taking them on the airplane with you, but be sure to shop around and find the best price. Not only will you want to look for a good price, but you will also want to find a shipping company that can ship it on time. The last thing that you want is to be at a beautiful destination without your fishing gear.
Can you bring your fishing poles on an airplane? Whether you decide carry them on in your hand luggage or to check them , you will have no problems.
That being said, just because you are able to bring them with you, doesn’t mean it is the best option for you. So, do your research plenty of time before you trip so that the last thing you will have to worry about is getting your equipment there.
Now it is your turn. How do you travel with your fishing rod and reel? Please share with us your thoughts in the comments below.