On the road with your fly rod: transportation tips

20th of March 2023

Learn how to carry your fly rod safely and securely, from choosing the right gear to proper assembly and travel tips, ensuring its longevity.

Choosing the right gear for carrying your fly rod

When it comes to traveling your fly rod, having the right gear will make all the difference. In this article we'll discuss different types of carrying equipment and how to choose the one that's best for you.

Rod cases and tubes

Rod cases and tubes are designed specifically for carrying and protecting your fly rod. Nowadays almost all rods come with a case or tube when you buy your rod. They come in various materials, such as aluminum, PVC, and fabric-covered hard cases. Look for a case or tube that fits your rod's length and has adequate padding to prevent damage during transport. Some cases even have compartments for holding reels and other accessories. This can be very handy, so if yours doesn't have one you can consider buying an additional one, that you use just for the rod that you need for the day.

The Ultra-lite fly rod tube from Bourne Outdoors
The Ultra-lite fly rod tube from Bourne Outdoors

Rod racks and holders

Rod racks and holders are great for securing your fly rod during transport, especially if you're planning to travel long distances or store your rod for an extended period. These devices are usually mounted on vehicles or in storage areas and come in a variety of designs to suit your needs.

Properly assembling and disassembling your fly rod

Before you can carry your fly rod, it's essential to know how to assemble and disassemble it properly. This will ensure that your rod stays in good condition.

Assembling your rod

To assemble your fly rod, start by matching the alignment dots on the rod sections. If your rod doesn't have these dots, attach the reel to the butt section first, then align the other pieces by putting them on one by one and looking 'over the rod' to see whether the guides align . Gently push the sections together, twisting them slightly to ensure a snug fit. Avoid forcing the sections together, as this can damage the rod.

Disassembling your rod

To disassemble your rod, simply reverse the assembly process. Hold the rod firmly near the joint and twist gently while pulling the sections apart. It's essential to do this carefully to avoid damaging the rod or its components. If your hands are slippery, you can use a piece of cloth to hold the rod.

Carrying your fly rod while walking

Whether you're walking to your favorite fishing spot or navigating a trail to reach a remote location, carrying your fly rod can be made easier with a few simple tips.

Break down your rod

If you're walking a short distance, you may prefer to keep your rod assembled and carry it in one hand. However, for longer walks or more challenging terrain, it's best to break down your rod into sections and store it in a case or tube to protect it from damage. While it may be tempting to leave your rod assembled (you'll feel as if you'll get more quality fishing time): most rods break while walking, you've been warned!

Use a rod-carrying system

There are several rod-carrying systems available, such as sling packs and backpacks with built-in rod holders. These allow you to securely carry your rod while keeping your hands free for other tasks. Consider investing in a system that suits your needs and preferences.

Keep your rod pointing backwards

If you walk with your rod and you point it forwards, and the tip of the rod then sticks behind a rock or something else, there's a big chance the rod will bend and break. That's why it's almost always better to keep your rod pointing backwards when you walk with it.

Traveling with your fly rod

Whether you're traveling by car, plane, or public transportation, protecting and carrying your fly rod during your journey is crucial.

Use a rod case or tube

Always use a protective rod case or tube when traveling with your fly rod. This will help prevent damage and keep your rod safe from knocks and bumps during transit.

Use a rod travel bag

There are several travel bags on the market specifically designed for fly rods. They enable you to pack multiple rods into one bag and protect them during transport. Because this bag will be large, they often also provide room for more gear like reels and fly lines.

Check airline regulations

If you're flying with your fly rod, be sure to check your airline's regulations for transporting fishing equipment. Some airlines may require your rod to be checked as a separate piece of luggage, while others may allow you to bring it as a carry-on. Knowing the rules ahead of time will help ensure a smooth travel experience.

Travel safe and tight lines!

You can find the Bourne Outdoors Ultra-lite Fly Rod Tube here.

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