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#10894199 - 06/04/15 02:07 AM Flying With Fishing Rods
Toxarch Offline
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Registered: 08/20/09
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
So I'm flying up to Canada to go fishing. I'm planning on taking full length rods on the trip. Anyone know if the airlines allow an 8 foot tube for traveling? I asked the guy at Cabelas if he knew and all he did was to try to convince me to buy a 4 piece travel rod. Don't want to buy a travel rod, would rather just take my 1 piece rods.

Already made the tube. Well, it's actually 2 tubes together since there's 3 of us going and 9 rods total. Made with 4" white pvc. End cap on one end and a pressure test fitting on the other end.

We're flying Delta up there and back. Our guide already said 1 piece length was fine for their puddle jumper planes.
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#10894261 - 06/04/15 06:35 AM Re: Flying With Fishing Rods [Re: Toxarch]
cob Offline
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Flown up several times last 6 years. Never had a problem with 7 foot cases. Don't know about 8 footers.

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#10896475 - 06/04/15 09:22 PM Re: Flying With Fishing Rods [Re: Toxarch]
Toxarch Offline
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Mine is actually about 7'6". Thanks for the reply.
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#10899358 - 06/06/15 11:04 AM Re: Flying With Fishing Rods [Re: Toxarch]
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Call Delta and ask cost and size restrictions.

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#10900068 - 06/06/15 06:40 PM Re: Flying With Fishing Rods [Re: forkduc]
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Originally Posted By: forkduc
Call Delta and ask cost and size restrictions.


Best advice. Small planes are no problem, they can even go on the outside.
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#10904159 - 06/08/15 07:03 PM Re: Flying With Fishing Rods [Re: Toxarch]
Toxarch Offline
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I sent an e-mail days before asking on here. The e-mail I got back said fishing rods can be either checked in or a carry on.
Quote:
To clarify, Fishing Rods are permitted as carry-on and checked baggage.
However, please check with your air carrier to confirm that it fits
within their size limitations for carry-on items. Ultimately, it is the
carrier's decision as to whether or not it can be transported as
carry-on baggage.

For further assistance, I recommend you contact our Reservations
Department at 800-221-1212 for domestic travel, or 800-241-4141 for
international travel. Our representative will be happy to assist you.

Obviously, that didn't answer my question, but interesting to know. Using that phone number and saying I was calling about baggage put me through to an operator pretty quick.

First the operator said 62 linear inches total. Linear inches is L+W+H. That's no good. So I asked him to look it up again under fishing gear. It said that all your fishing gear can be considered as one extra baggage (rod holder, tackle box, and I forget what the third thing was). I then asked if there was a length restriction for the rod holder. He said 115 linear inches was the limit on the rod holder. So my 7.5' x 4" x 8" rod holder will be fine. They look it up according to where you are specifically flying. I had him look up Minneapolis, MN to International Falls, MN since that leg of our trip is on a smaller plane.
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