Tackle Review: Plano Rod and Reel Case

While we all have our own lakes, ponds, and honey holes near home where we love to fish, sometimes we feel the urge to pack a suitcase, grab some tackle, and hop on a plane to a new destination. Travelling with a rod and reel can be a tricky endeavor, however. Travelling anglers have a few options in this case, ranging from multi-piece travel rods to plastic tubes equipped with wheels. If you’re travelling light, though, and don’t want to lug a large plastic rod tube around the airport, then it might be worth it to pick up Plano’s Rod and Reel Case.

Plano is a company well-known for its quality fishing products. From tackle boxes to ice fishing gear, the company is synonymous with fishing, and this rod and reel case is just another addition to Plano’s impressive lineup. The soft-cased bag is lightweight, easy to carry, and even has a shoulder strap. A zipper runs along the length of the case and inside you’ll find a hard tube wrapped in soft fabric to hold up to two, two-piece, fishing rods up to 6’6” in length. The butt-end of the case is widened and padded to accommodate a reel, so you can keep your favorite combos intact during travel.

The only real drawback to Plano’s Rod and Reel case is that it is only able to hold two-piece rods. I suggest picking up a quality two-piece just for travel, if your primary setup consists of a one-piece model. Also, it takes a bit of positioning to fit two reels in the allotted space, which some may find annoying at first.

If travelling with an expensive rod still worries you, I would also suggest picking up a length of PVC tubing, or even the sturdy cardboard tubes in which the rods are delivered to retailers. Most retailers will have a stockpile of these in their stock room, and will be glad to help out. Simply ship these tubes to your destination ahead of time and pick them up when you get there.

All in all, Plano’s Rod and Reel Case is ideal for the angler who is travelling light and is looking for a case that’s easy to carry. Furthermore, at under $50, the case makes for an extremely affordable addition to any angler’s tackle arsenal. As someone who has had some trouble with large rod tubes in the past, I can assure you that Plano’s Rod and Reel case will be my choice when I travel in the future. Once you head to your local outdoors retailer and check it out, you’ll undoubtedly feel the same.