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Please do not take it that the following will always apply but I thought I would let you know what I did to bring fishinhg tackle and rods back from UK on Air Canada.

The following applies

When packed separately, each of the following counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type:

•fishing rod in rod case + tackle box

So I booked an extra piece of baggage that would allow me to carry a tackle box and a rod in a rod case. There is no guidance as to what the tackle box and rod case should weigh and what the dimensions should be apart from the weight and dimension of a normal piece of checked baggage.

I assumed that the tackle box should weigh no more than 32K (50lb) and could be packed into a normal piece of baggage. I assumed that the rod should be a single rod in a case but had three rods in two tubes (3" rainwater pipe) 4ft long and strapped together with duct tape and expected not to get this through.

On check in I had to print my own baggage labels but the system only allowed to print one label for the two items. I asked the agent and they did not know what to do except give me the wrong advice. At the check in counter I explained that I had paid for an extra piece of baggage and the one 23k bag was the tackle box and the twin rod tubes was the other half of the allowance. The agent was confused so I asked for an additional baggage label and after a while was given one, I guess the agent went to check the rules and could not find that I had exceeded them.

All the baggage went through and I was surprized and happy and received everything OK at my final destination. So three rods and thirty reels and a wicker creel to add to my collection cost $45 as one extra piece of baggage.

And as a reminder this may not always apply, just my story of success.
Louis Vuitton

Not too bad! When I went fly fishing for bonefish and barracuda in Hawai'i I packed my reels and fly boxes in with my carry-on, and my rod was placed in a PVC tube with end caps. Cost me $20 each way as 'extra baggage', which isn't too bad, but yours was a better deal!

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