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I will be traveling for business this summer and thought I'd spend time on the water vs. hotel room on weekends. I've narrowed my choices down to Flambeau's Pro Rod case or Plano's Jumbo Airliner rod case. One doesn't stand out from the other. Reviews from Amazon, Gander, and BPS are somewhat mixed. Would like to know if any BR members own one or could recommend something different? Most my rods are 6'6"+ and 1-piece. thanks in advance!

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Here you go, custom fit to your rod lengths.

http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog/Rod-Cases_2/Jet-Tube-Rod-Tube-Kit

and you might want this as well,

http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog/Rod-Cases_2/Jet-Grab-Rod-Tube-Handle-Kit

Wrap them in some rod sleeves, pack your reels in a nice reel case, some choice universal tackle and you're good to go.

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I travel yearly, out of the country to fish.  I've seen my rod tube stepped on, leaned on, taken apart and put back together yet I have never had a rod broken. 

The Flambeau Bazooka Pro is the only rod tube I will ever use.  Even if you aren't taking that many rods, the larger tube is more forgiving and stronger in my opinion than the regular bazooka tube.

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After further review, that's the model I have, too.

8-)

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Personally if I were traveling in the us only and fishing I would be packing as stated before here, but would be shipping via a ground carrier ahead of my arrival times. That way I am not being charged as they are charging for every little thing on air carriers these days.

Just a thought..

Tight Lines!!! 

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I have travel to Great Bear Lake N.W.T. Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, South America and the rod tube I use is the Plano Jumbo Airliner, I had a Flambeau it lasted for about 2 years, my Plano is 4 years old. Here is a tip, wrap a boom handle with your rods it will make it harder for them to bend them.

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I appreciated everyone's recommendations and helpful comments this has helped me tremendously! You cannot beat BR members and their willingness to help fellow anglers. Thanks again!!

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I have travel to Great Bear Lake N.W.T. Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, South America and the rod tube I use is the Plano Jumbo Airliner, I had a Flambeau it lasted for about 2 years, my Plano is 4 years old. Here is a tip, wrap a boom handle with your rods it will make it harder for them to bend them.

That is a very good idea!

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Schedule 40 PVC pipe with threaded caps is the way I'd go. Good luck bending or crushing that!

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I used schedule 40 pvc pipe with capped ends and my rods made it all the way across the pacific in one piece...

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I went through this a couple of years ago and wound up getting the Plano Airliner.  I went to BPS and played around with what they had and thought that model opened and closed the easiest.  I also liked the fact that when sitting in the garage it collapses and take up less space.

Keep in mind that it might be opened by the airline to check what is inside.  Put your rods on the floor and alternate them so the handle of one is next to the rod tip of another.  Try to have the guides facing in.  Then put some stretch wrap or something similar around them to keep them together and put that in the case.  You can wrap bubble wrap around them if you have it for even more protection.  If you get the Airliner make sure it slides easily so the inspectors have no trouble with it and try to make it so they can easily get it back to the correct length. I mark mine with duct tape.

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Long story short....

I have a 3 week business trip and wanted to fish on the weekends, so I bought the Flambeau Bazuka Pro which would accomodate my 6'6-7'0 rods. Day before my trip (yesterday) I check Southwest Airlines luggage policy. Anything over 62" is $50 oversize charge...arg!! I could not justify ($70 case + $50 airline charge + $40 nonresident license) for 2 weekends of bank fishing.

I returned the Bazuka Pro and went with the smaller/collapsable Plano Airliner (40") and dug out my old 2-piece rods to pair with my Revos.

Something to consider if you're just wanting to fish recreationally as you travel.

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