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 Posted: Tue Sep 18th, 2012 12:04 pm
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The final and most professional way is to use a purpose built rod holder. These are generally extendable, shatterproof, lockable and in some cases even have wheels. The Shimano rodcase is the business if you can afford one.

When you are packing the rods in any of the above tubes, stuff some socks or jocks in the tube first to act as a cushion against the base. Then wrap each rod section in a t-shirt or fishing shirt. Combine the sections (each individually wrapped) tip to butt and wrap the lot in a kikoi. This should fill all the empty space inside the tube, stop things rattling around and also mean there is less to pack in the main case.

With any rod, I have found the less overall packed length, the less damage is likely and as a result all travel rods I take are multi piece.
In all cases remember that airline handling personnel do not take great care with luggage. It therefore pays to mark them as Fragile – Handle with care. Also note that because they are oversize, rods will most often be delivered from the aircraft into another part of the baggage carousel area. Meaning you have to go and look for them. It pays to ask a member of staff where the outsize baggage comes out and hang around there to grab the rods before someone else does. Also, if the rods do not arrive, file your claim as soon as possible and insist on someone actually visiting the aircraft before it takes off again as rods have a habit of rolling to the back or side of the cargo area.

How to pack reels.
In short, very carefully. For spinning reels, fold away the handle or unscrew it. Put an elastic band around the spool to stop everything unraveling and wrap it in some spare clothes. For multipliers, put them into gear and wrap in long pants. Fly reels can be packed in socks and then squeezed inside shoes in the luggage. There is a lot of conjecture about braid. I have not been stopped yet although I have heard of over zealous officials in the Caribbean and Australia. I would recommend therefore that any reels with braid on, go into the checked in luggage, and not as carry on.

Terminal Tackle.
It is amazing how often you are on a trip and something small can make a difference. These include a couple of packs of yozuris / sabikis, small hooks to catch bait, some splitshot, a couple of small floats, a range of different size hooks including some large circles, wire trace (a pack of American piano wire takes up no space) and a pack of silver muppets / squid. In addition to this remember spare main line, spare braid, leader line, fluoro carbon, strong swivels, snap swivels, small ball sinkers, spinners, plugs, poppers etc. All of these can be put in small Plano style boxes. For the flyfisherman, apart from spare flyline, tapered leaders and flies, it is a good idea to take a small flytying kit. To cart your flyfishing gear around, and even a selection of terminal tackle and spinners, I have found a waist bag to be ideal.

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