Has anyone flown Continental lately with a fly rod and reel? When I go to Belize in April, I'll be taking my fly rod and reel, and I really don't want to put them in my checked baggage. Can I carry them onto the plane with me? I'll be putting all my flies in my checked bags.
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I've carried mine to Mexico, the Bahamas, Florida and Utah in a hard tube case, a 9' x 4 piece fly rod will fit in the overhead nicely. Put the reels (if they have line) in the checked baggage, along with the rest of your tackle. They get a little nervous with that much line and that many sharp points.
Fishing Rods / Poles - 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.
Tackle Equipment - Fishing equipment should be placed in your checked baggage. Some tackle equipment can be considered sharp and dangerous. Expensive reels or fragile tackle such as fly's should be packed in your carry-on baggage.
It says that you can carry-on flies, but I'm willing to bet that TSA would throw a fit if you tried to get through with them. I'll just put my flies in my checked baggage, but my rod and reel are definitely coming on the plane with me.
Rods are not a problem at all. Reels are normally not a problem but the line on them could create an issue. I do pack some of my flys and leader materials in my carry on. I carry on enough to get me a couple of days fishing in case my checked bag is lost or late in arriving. If they want to keep a handful of flys no big deal. Most of my flys are in my checked baggage. Lures are all in my checked gear.