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08-07-03, 03:52 PM
Flying off to Wyoming in two weeks. I have a sturdy metal rod tube I purchased separately a couple of years ago and it will hold a regular two piece, 9ft rod. I am thinking about putting a second rod in the same tube, each rod with its own sock. Any hazards in doing this? I will take it as carry on, not luggage. Thanks ---JCK---
08-07-03, 04:37 PM
I try to get as many rods in a tube as possible when I am travelling. I think it is an advantage in that it keeps them from rattling around in the tube. You need to be careful putting them in and taking them out or you could bend or knock off a guide. I suggest lining them up and inserting them in the tube at the same time. Similarly, when removing, remove them both slowly together even if you are only going to string up one of the rods - you don't want one of the rods to slide by the other and bump it.
08-07-03, 09:07 PM
what stinkbait said. I've done it plenty of times.....one word of caution though:
Be very careful when you are screwing on the end cap. You can accidentally tighten it down and snap the fragile rod tip. Don't ask me how I know this.
I don't know if you are checking your rods or carrying them. I will be going to Alaska next Friday and will be carrying on three four piece rods. I was buying a new rod case and someone told me that I shouldn't get an aluminum one because they are now considering that a weapon. So I got one of the cloth covered PVC. Don't know if what I heard is true or not but you might check it out. You wouldn't want to try to board and have to leave your rods behind. For what it's worth. Have a great trip. God bless, Tom A
08-07-03, 10:50 PM
As long as the metal tube has a OSU Buckeye logo sticker on the outside it should pass inspection with no problemos. Go.....Bucks
[This message has been edited by Sea Foam (edited 08-07-2003).]
08-08-03, 10:17 AM
whisperer sez: i regularly travel with two rods in a tube. it is easy and convenient. putting the handle end of rod #1 at the bottom and the handle end of rod #2 at the top makes it easier to get everything in place without having to use force. caution should be used to ensure that the tips are all the way down and in place before securing the top of the tube. regards, TW
08-08-03, 10:34 AM
No problemas carrying on aluminum rod tubes for me. I went through Atlanta Airport and Gallatin Field in Montana with no scrutiny toward the rods. Didn't even have to open them. Flies and hooks were overlooked as well. TSA did seizure a pair of lethal hemostats. One TSA doode knew what they were used for after seeing our fishing equipment and gave the okay, however another TSA doode who was "flyfishing challenged" thought they could be used as a weapon.
Note: TSA seems to be infatuated with shoes that have a thicker than normal sole. All four of us had on hiking boots so naturally we had to take the shoes off. Not a pleasant experience after hiking in them for ten days.
On the way home, I went through the TSA checkpoint with my carry-on bag which contained fishing gear and clothes. My 11 year old son had put some rocks in a side pocket that he had collected. TSA put the bag through their machine three times because they saw something suspicious. They finally conceded that it was prolly the rocks they were seeing on the monitor. Well low-and-behold, when I got home and un-packed, I discovered a small Swiss Army knife in one of the pockets of the carry-on. My son said he had put it in there while at the hotel, not knowing his old man could have been arrested. Oh well.....
Aluminum tubes are ok. Just got back from traveling with two of them. I taped them together and carried them on.
Life makes more sense standing alone by a lake at high elevation with a fly rod in hand.
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