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A half million miles of transporting rods...
Posted by AlaskanAuthor on May 13 2005
The above figure is true, and it represents the many flights I've undertaken to and from AK in support of my work.
Prior to baggage limitations (two checked bags at 70 lbs. each plus whatever you could carry on board) there was plenty of room for you to check a rod case or tube for free. Alas, those days are gone. Now it's generally 2 checked bags at 50 lbs. each and restrictive carry on limitations. Here's what I do and what I advise for any AK commuter fisherman.
Select break-apart rods.(spin or fly) Bundle them together unwrapped and carry them on board. In that manner they appear pretty much non-threatening as an additional item. If they fit in the overhead bin, hold them in your seat and stow them last after the bin is filled for care. If they do not fit in the bin, whip off your jacket, stick them vertical on a hanger, cover, and hang in an onboard closet.
There are always exceptions to everything, but generally I find this application works every time.
Hey! It's tough out there. What works for me should now work for you.
Knock'em senseless once you hit the streams...
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