Ok, so you’ve taken the plunge and planned a fishing trip that involves packing a suitcase and jumping on a plane.
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Well, it has probably just dawned on you that you don’t have a travel rod and here you are online reading this and hoping for some golden nugget of information to satisfy your needs. Hopefully this article will help…Read on…
Whether it be Norway, Sweden, Russia, Iceland, or even further afield, airlines don’t like long fishing rods. In fact, most airports now have new conveyor belt systems fitted or being fitted that reject rod tubes automatically. These new machines have 90 degree angles where one belt meets another, and if your rod tube is longer than the width of that corner, well you guessed it, not a popular item. These automatic machines discard the tube into a pile and increases the chances of you arriving at your destination and your rod still stuck in limbo.
Many of us have arrived at our destination and the luggage doesn’t arrive with you, it is so frustrating! Well compound this with the fact that most rivers are in the remote wilderness, the chances of the airline delivering the rod the next day are thin.
“Oversized Luggage” is usually sign-posted near the check-in desks. This desk is for heavy or long items, i.e. perfect for your existing 2-4 piece 12-15ft fly rods. However, every time you put items through this service it is counted as an extra hold item and you can be charged significantly depending on your airline. Remember you have to fly back too, so you’ll be charged twice. Personally, we have put as many rods in one telescopic travel tube as possible i.e. the FLAMBEAU BAZUKA ROD CASE
or you could use the AIRFLO MULTI ROD TUBE
, and we got away with £60 each way to send this one item, not cheap and money better spent on exciting new gear that will fit in your suitcase at no extra cost at the airport. One of the rods below costs the same as this extra charge, and it comes with a free line!
FLAMBEAU BAZUKA ROD CASE
AIRFLO MULTI ROD TUBES
So, Which travel Salmon fly rod?
We have kept it decidedly simple here at Angling Active within the travel range with three travel Salmon fly rods at three different price points; All of which we have used and love for performance without sacrifice. There was a time when multi section rods were challenging to produce without compromising performance, but advancements and innovations in carbon fibre and resins along with careful design have now made this possible. The ferrules on fly rods nowadays are as tough as ever and these multi section rods have become faster in action due to reduced flexibility of the rod with more joins. Great if you are keeping up with the trends of fast action/scandi type rods required for shooting head lines
on most Atlantic Salmon/big Seatrout rivers.
For this example I have chosen the most popular weight class of #9 for Salmon travel fly rods. These vary from 13′ through to 14’6″ lengths and are all very capable and will not embarrass you when you get to your destination.
SHAKESPEARE ORACLE EXP SALMON FLY ROD
Price-point and ‘Wow factor’ comes from the ever popular Shakespeare Oracle series of fly rods. This success story has developed through the years into a very good selling, comparable and confidence inspiring range that has been priced “too cheap” as remarked upon by many in the industry. “Disposable” is often a word thrown around, where if you break it, it’s not quite as devastating as breaking one of the top end rods by reversing over it, slipping when getting into a boat, or snapping it mid-cast after some abuse with some branches. Introducing the Shakespeare Oracle EXP Salmon Fly Rod
. If you haven’t heard of this rod before now, then you’ll soon be spreading the word on the incredible value for money entry level travel fly rod. What distinguishes it from the other rods in the Oracle range are the three little letters “EXP” standing for Expedition, or Explorer, we’re unsure, but both are just as adventurous. This comes with a free balanced fly line.
GREYS GR70 DOUBLE HANDED TRAVEL FLY ROD
Mid level price-point with lots to boast about, the Greys GR70 Double Handed Travel Fly Rod
is new for 2016 and becoming a bit of a head turner. It not only has a beautiful finesse finish with solid craftsmanship included, but it acts like a £1000 rod at a price of just £399.99 rrp. It has the best quality carbon Greys have used yet and the action is faster than that of the Oracle, giving you distance for less effort. Built for durability and a long lifespan, the investment in the GR70 is for those looking for a tool that will keep on giving over the years, even decades.
MACKENZIE DTX ATLAS FLY ROD
Ok, this is the most pricy travel rod we stock, but for good reason. The Mackenzie DTX Atlas Fly Rod
offers significantly higher quality carbon than the previous two rods providing the best performance with a perfectly balanced uniform fast action throughout the rod’s middle to tip. If money is secondary to your choosing a performance travel fly rod, then this is the rod for you simply because of the thought and experience in the team behind its design.
All three of these rods are available to try on our stretch of the River Teith, right outside our door in Stirling en route to nearly all the Scottish waterways via the M9 motorway. Come and have a go. If you can’t get to us, feel free to give us a call and ask any question you can think of regarding these great bits of kit that will for sure make your fishing trips “simply better”
. We will also be able to offer you the very best advice on which lines to balance the rods with.
|SHAKESPEARE ORACLE EXP SALMON FLY ROD
|GREYS GR70 DOUBLE HANDED TRAVEL FLY ROD
|MACKENZIE DTX ATLAS FLY ROD