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Post By: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/8/2019 12:55:29 PM     Points: 6205    
The wife and I are planning a trip to Seattle next month. I am wanting to bring a rod along. You know just in case. Lol. I've never flewin before. We are planning on just have carry on bags. Will I have any issues bring any gear with me or should I avoid the Hassel and just leave it home? Last thing I want is to have ditch the rod in an airport. That's like leaving a kid behind. Haha

 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Aug. 8, 1:01:49 PM     Points: 27258    
Rod and reel can be carried on, but you can't bring anything sharp onto a plane.. Therefore hooks, tackle, lures, etc will need to be in a checked bag.

If you are bringing a rod you are particularly fond of. Get a nice travel tube for it. remove the reel, and pack that with some padding.

Also, depending what airline you are flying, you may get charged for the extra carry on or be limited how many items you can carry on. Many times it is cheaper to pack on big checked bag.. and check it than to carry several small bags on.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 8, 1:03:22 PM     Points: 3481    
I've literally carried on a two piece rod. I took an ugly stik with me to BC, then flew back out of Seattle. No issues at all. I made a carrying case out of ABS tubing with a threaded cap that I carried on to Mexico, among other flights. I picked up a rod case when Gander was going out of business, so now I have used that and checked it when I am taking multiple or longer rods.

The issue might be anything sharp. You probably won't be able to carry on lures or hooks. I've always packed my tackle in a checked bag. And I've always gotten a notice that it was searched.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 8, 1:04:24 PM     Points: 3481    
Great minds... :)
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Aug. 8, 2:42:37 PM     Points: 165    
Most airlines will let you carry a 2 or 3 piece rod on board as a personal item. I've never had any problems with hooks and lures. Some airlines do have some language forbidding "large hooks." But what's a "large" hook? I have carried hooks up to 4/0 on board. In May this year, I was pulled aside at the security checkpoint on my way to Florida. I thought it may be because of my hooks. As the security agent starts to go through my carry on luggage, I told her that what she is looking for is probably in my tackle box inside my luggage. She opens the box, takes out a multi-tool I had in there and asks: "can you go without this? It has a knife." I didn't even think of it as knife. I merely saw it as a pair of pliers... I thought she was after the hooks, but she obviously did not care about them. I had carried hooks and lures on board before, but those were the largest hooks I ever carried on board. I have also carried 3-8 oz lead weights before. I would think a bunch of lead weights of that size stuffed in a sock would make a better weapon than fishing hooks. Unless the hooks are big enough to gore someone. :)
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Aug. 8, 2:52:52 PM     Points: 6121    
The only time I've had trouble flying with any fishing gear is when a TSA guy tried to claim that my big bag of plastic worms counted as a "gel" and was beyond the 1 quart limit.

Luckily there was another TSA agent there who told the guy to let me through and wished me good luck fishing, lol.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Aug. 8, 3:35:48 PM     Points: 6239    
Years ago I flew to BC to visit friends. I had built a rod case from a huge piece of PVC that we caped and then cut the long way.We used a section of paino hinge and hose clamps . . .sent it through as checked luggage . . . .not sure if you still can . . . .
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: Aug. 8, 9:23:27 PM     Points: 2486    
What they said. S/B no problems carrying on a couple to a few two piece rods packed together. If you arenít sure, you can read the airlineís baggage policy online.I generally carry-on just my rods and check the rest of my tackle. I pack the rods in a soft cover (much easier to fit in an overhead) placing them on top of my carry-on...and then watch carefully as other passengers load their stuff. Iíve never had a problem, but I do pay attention while the plane is loading.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Aug. 8, 9:46:24 PM     Points: 6205    
So you're telling me there's a chance. YES!!! Lol thanks everyone. Figured they is a way but just haven't had the pleasure. I plan on finding a rod that breaks down to 3 or 4 pieces. I will probably pack a few lures that I won't mind loosing too.

We are staying a couple of night right by the ocean. It would be nice to get a line wet. We are extremely excited. Neither one of us have seen the ocean before.
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: Aug. 9, 6:38:44 AM     Points: 2585    
I'm gonna carry on next year to Mexico
Alot if other people did. I screwed up this year
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 9, 10:07:13 AM     Points: 3481    
GoNe_FiShIn_11, where are you staying? I am by no means an expert, but I have shore fished the sound before and might be able to give some advice.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Aug. 9, 12:11:39 PM     Points: 48767    
I've brought my rod and reel through SeaTac before. I have a good 4 piece rod that fits in a tube. It fits diagonal in my suitcase. Reel was just left loose in my bag. As far as tackle hooks are the problem. There are a lot of good shops in WA and treble hooks are not allowed in WA so I found it easier just to buy a few lures when we were there. You can always mail them home to yourself. We have family friends there so we left a few things behind for our next trip.
 Reply by: buschwacker      Posted: Aug. 9, 8:30:30 PM     Points: 0    
We fly to Alaska every year for Steelhead. i take all my fishing tackle in a carry on. Have never had an issue. Pliers and the like go in checked but all reels, flies (up to a size 1/0 steamer), tippet and rods are carried on. Per TSA:

Fishing pole
Carry On Bags: Yes
Checked Bags: Yes
Fishing rods are permitted in carry-on and checked bags however, passengers should check with the airline to confirm that the fishing rod fits within size limitations for carry-on items.

Sharp fishing tackle that may be considered dangerous, such as large fish hooks, should be sheathed, securely wrapped, and packed in your checked bags. Like other high-value objects, you may wish to pack expensive reels or fragile tackle that does not pose a security threat (small flies) in your carry-on bags.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Aug. 12, 12:52:19 PM     Points: 6205    
Thanks for all the help.

Cisco- thanks for the heads up on the no treble hooks rule. I had no idea they weren't allowed.

As for the ocean front stay. We have a little place booked in the town grayland. Don't know much about the area. Seems to be small and quiet town. Should be relaxing.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 12, 10:07:28 PM     Points: 3481    
So you are going to be over on the ocean side. Sorry, probably can't help you much with that. Surf perch are likely, maybe flatfish. Wish I could help more.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Aug. 13, 10:26:41 AM     Points: 405    
I've used the Eagle Claw pack pole that has it's own case. Works great.
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: Aug. 14, 8:52:29 AM     Points: 528    
How about leaving the fishing gear at home and driving up the road to Westport? There you can hop on one of several bottom fishing trips for next to nothing. They offer both morning and afternoon trips and provide everything. You could probably even get on an over nighter for Tuna but they're a little more expensive. These trips are well worth the money in my opinion. You'll have a great time unless you get seasick. Take Dramamine before you leave the dock. Fishing from shore is possible but the inflow from the waves will keep you busy casting. Good luck whatever you do. It's a great place.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 14, 9:12:00 AM     Points: 3481    
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 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Aug. 14, 9:43:50 AM     Points: 165    
For me, the benefits of bringing your own gear are as follows:
1. You get to use your own gear. Gear offered on the party trips are usually bottom quality. Even the gear on private fishing charters are often just passable.
2. You know you have what you need and don't have to go look for it. I ran out of jerkbaits on my trip to Florida this year because my buddies didn't pack any, so they helped me lose all but a couple of to jerkbaits I had brought. We went looking for jerkbaits at 3 tackle shops. Only the Basspro in Islamorada had passable jerkbaits.

If you don't mind #1 above and know you can just buy what you need at your destination, then it's probably not worth carrying your own gear. For most people, investing in a decent travel rod does not make financial sense anyway. However, you would most likely end up paying more by buying on location and not bringing leftover back. For example, you buy a pack of hooks, use a few and don't bring the leftover back because the reason why you didn't bring hooks in the first place was because you didn't want to bring hooks onboard. But that's probably a minor price to pay for convenience.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 14, 10:31:23 AM     Points: 3481    
FXA0, I agree with you to a point. I am someone who nearly always brings at a minimum a rod and reel with me. I have a fair amount of gear that was purchased for specific trips (heavy rods, large capacity reels, lures, etc...) however, that isn't always reasonable for someone to do. Someone's Colorado gear likely isn't going to be suitable for dropping a couple hundred feet for halibut or ling cod. However, it would probably be fine fishing the jetties for sea bass, rockfish. and perch. If I were going to go out on the party boat, I'd bring the gear for fishing the jetties and surf, but would likely just use the gear on the party boat.

 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: Aug. 14, 11:07:52 AM     Points: 165    
^ I am not sure we disagree at all. I was just saying that I bring my own gear, while agreeing with other people that it may be more convenient and/or financially sensible to just get what you need there, or use what's available there.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Aug. 14, 11:18:11 AM     Points: 3481    
FXA0. we probably don't disagree at all :)
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: Aug. 14, 2:38:34 PM     Points: 5430    
I have carried hooks, lures, large saltwater jigs, etc with no issues. Pliers, and nippers are fine but avoid any knives and you should be fine
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Aug. 14, 9:17:58 PM     Points: 6205    
You all are awesome. If I have the choice I would bring my own. Just personal preference.i like to be overly prepared then not.

My wife doesn't fish so it's not really a fishing trip but hope to get a line wet if I get the chance. This is our like a honeymoon we never got to take.

I will probably do a charter on the next trip though. Kind of want to get a feel for the area.
I'm thinking what I have to bring may not be enough for the big Waters out there.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Aug. 15, 6:29:52 AM     Points: 48767    
Since it's not a fishing trip check out the under ground tour in Seattle. It's pretty cool. Also if you plan to go to pikes market make sure it's not a turn around day for cruse ships. That can add about 6k people to the area. There baseball stadium is also super nice if that's your thing.
 Reply by: Abel1      Posted: Aug. 15, 7:25:44 AM     Points: 528    
Take your wife to the top of the Space Needle and start off with one of those Cougar Gold Cheese Omelets. Then head over to the Music Experience. Stop by Pikes Place Market and Ivars for lunch then take the ferri across to Blake Island and Tillicum Village for a little tribal experience and a salmon dinner cooked over an open fire. Then head back to Seattle. The Seattle skyline from the water at night is incredible. I spent 10 years vacationing there and worked in my free time. Or so it seemed like it. What a great place.
 Reply by: A10FLYR      Posted: Oct. 24, 11:52:37 AM     Points: 26    
Wow! Ivars is still there? I was there in the early 70's and it was an icon!

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