Carry On – The Safe Passage from Orvis

Rod/Reel Transport in style.

Rod/Reel Transport in style.

On the trip to Long Island I brought along the Safe Passage rod case from Orvis. In it, I had 5 rods, 6 reels and flies (and whatever else I could fit in it).

For all those who question if you can bring rods and reels and flies along on your flight, I can tell you that from the US to the Bahamas and back, you certainly can. If your airline is playing by TSA rules, you should have no problems, so long as you don’t have really, really massive hooks in your bag.

I liked the Safe Passage case and I had no issues about the length of the bag as I put it in the overhead storage on every flight that offered that (Pineapple Air does not offer overhead storage so it sat on my lap).

It is a solid piece of luggage/gear. It is well made and purpose built and way better than my soccer sock + cam strap rod carrying contraption I used previously.

Thanks Orvis.

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  1. Jonathan Winthrop

    Check out the Fishpond equivalent. Just purchased for trip to Eleuthera, and Andros next month. Very similar, but maybe a little more durable.

  2. What’s the dimensions of the case?

    Up here in the Great White North, I guess it depends on who you fly with and what crew.
    I’ve been told a 40″ rod case is much to large and I’d have to purchase another seat!?! Or check it. I’m going to try at check in and see if it’ll fly. Or pay the 20 bucks and hope for the best that they arrive in Nassau.
    I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised by exceptional customer service, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

  3. Just checked the dimensions. 36″ is still to short.
    It’s my damn 3 piece that’s killing me.
    I’ve been loaned a 44″ Sage Ballistic case for three rods.
    All I can do I’d hope for the best.

  4. Jeff Rodenberg

    I’ve got the clear creek rum city carrier which is very similar to the Orvis. Fits 4-6 rods (4-pc) in a padded bottom compartment, plus reels, SLR, lens and point and shoot camera, small fly box and one set of flats clothes. Basically, everything I need for a day or two should my main bag not make it. Love it! I can also say that I brought a painting in a 2″ diameter PVC tube back from Belize recently on American that was ~44″ long with no issues. Good luck!

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