Yesterday morning I got a call from Delta saying that my bag finally showed up. I can’t tell you how relieved I was, but listen to this. I flew Delta all the way but my bag arrived on Alaska Air from Seattle — go figure that one out. I had just about given up on it and was in the process of doing an inventory to file a claim. In all this I did discover some interesting facts. Delta will pay up to $2800 for lost luggage if you have all receipts etc. on domestic flights. How ever they will only pay nine dollars per pound on international flights with a cap of seventy pounds which totals $640 max unless you declare excess value on your baggage when checking in. Some thing to remember if your putting your multi piece rods, reels and the like in your checked baggage on international flights.
Another thing to remember is that now you are required to have a passport when going to the Bahamas or any other country. I make a copy of my passport and keep it in my personal items in my carry on. In the event it is stolen or lost having that info with you would help a lot.
If any one has any other helpful tips or info on domestic or international air travel, please share them with us.


  1. Good to hear Al, but look at the bright side they could have lost that stuff on your way DOWN there!

    The last two years I have had no problem carrying reels and fly boxes from the US to the Bahamas. But leaving Nassau coming back into the US is where they gave me a hard time last year with fly lines on the reels (but they never had issues with my fly boxes) Last year I had to take my spools loaded with fly lines and backing off the reels and check them (I kept the reels w/out spools in my carry on–figured if worse came to worse it was cheaper buying a new spool than the whole reel). This year before I leave andros I am going to take my fly line off the reels and put them in my checked bag so I can take the spools w/ reels in my carry on and not risk losing them. If they give me a hard time about having just the backing on there I’ll just strip the backing off or go to the food concession and cut it off.

    I think since the fly line is thicker than backing they seem to have issues with it as a ‘weapon’….even though the backing is probably 4 times stronger at 1/4 the diameter.

    Bottom line is take as much of the necessary fishing stuff with you as carry on as you can (including wearing as much fishing clothes as you can on the plane and still be comfortable). You can lash three 4-piece rod tubes together w/ duct tape and carry them on the plane with you in addition to your carry on bag. Judging by the way I saw the baggage handlers unload the plane next to me last year in Philly, no way am I going to put a rod tube into a checked bag!!!!

  2. One other thing, leaving the backing on the reel I think will work because the same time they were giving me a hard time about the fly reels they let me take my spinning reels loaded with mono on the plane with no problem. Go figure

  3. Glad you got your stuff back. The rules of what you can and canot cary are just crazy these days.

    On a different note, which of your bonefish flies were the most productive on Andros? I just got out my salt flies from their long winter nap and figure it is time to do some tying. Any hot patterns to suggest?

  4. Depending on where your fishing on Andros but I had the best luck with a #2 sparsely tied blind gotcha on Fresh Creek and for the Joulters and west side the same pattern with bead chain eyes. This is also Herman’s fly of choice. I tried many other patterns but this is the one I always went back to and had very few refusals on it. Just remember to strip, strip and then stop to let em eat it and then strip long to set it and GOTCHA.

  5. Good tip to make a copy of your passport and have it with you. Also you should leave a photocopy of your passport back home with someone that you trust or at least where someone can easily get access to it and fax it if needed.

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