How to Pack & Ship a Fishing Rod

Planning a fishing trip to the South of France? Or simply heading up to the Lake District for some Carp fishing? Keeping your rods safe is essential for a great trip, regardless if you are shipping them yourself or sending them ahead with a professional courier.

What do I Need to Know Before Shipping a Fishing Rod?

  • What Packaging Materials to Use
  • How To Pack & Ship Single & Multiple Rods
  • Packing Specialist Fishing Equipment & Hooks

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Wood  Packaging Materials

To keep your fishing rod(s) safe you will need to use the very best packaging materials. There are specialist packaging materials and equipment that can be used if you have the money to spare, but for shipping second-hand rods and sold equipment it’s important to have the right material.

What Do I Need to Package a Fishing Rod?

  • Bubble Wrap
  • A new, double ply cardboard box
  • Packaging Tape
  • PVC
  • Packaging Chips
  • Packaging Paper
  • Scissors

Selecting the correct type of box is essential. The original packaging your rod arrived in is an already pre-designed parcel for rods, but a new double ply box the length of the rod (when not extended) is the next best thing. See more details on generic packaging tips, tricks and materials here.

Specialist Fishing Packaging Materials 
Tubes are the best packaging vessels for rods. Head over to your local tackle or fishing shop and ask if they have any tubes left over. If none are available, Carpet shops also have inner-carpet tubes ideal for shipping a singular or multiple rods. These can be heavy, however – which can effect your total shipping cost.

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New_boxHow To Pack & Ship Singular or Multiple Rods

Step 1: To keep your rod safe, you will first need to wrap it in two layers of bubble wrap and secure with packaging tape. Regardless if your rod is one that can or cannot be extended, make sure to wrap the tip and handle with bubble wrap or PVC and secure with packaging tape. It is best to do this at both ends, so the most fragile parts of your rod are protected. Complete the process by wrapping the rod in brown packaging paper.

Step 2: Take your new box and layer the bottom with 2 inches of packaging chips. The idea here is to suspend the rod between 2 inches of packaging, including the box and your applied bubble-wrap. Place the rod inside of the box and add a further 2 inches of packaging chips or scrunched up newspaper either side of the rod so it is entirely covered. You do not want the rod to touch the inner walls of the box.

Tip: For multiple rods the best practice here is to first wrap them individually and then secure them together as one bundle, but end to end. This ensures they cannot collide with each other mid-transit and potentially damage one another.

Step 3: Seal the box with plenty of packaging tape on the flaps and seams. Wrap tape around the box 3 times in each direction, similar to a Union Flag style pattern. Shake the box to ensure the rod can’t move inside, if it moves, it can be broken. Attach your shipping labels to a clear space on the package that can be easily reached and understood by the transport team.

Specialist Packaging Materials

  • Specialist Rod Tubes are great for transporting very expensive fishing rods. This is ideal if you are shipping your rod ahead on a fishing trip, for example.
    Prices vary from £20 – £60 online.

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Fishing Equipment & Hooks

We always advise our customers to check first with the recipient country’s prohibited and restricted items list before shipping. This will avoid any delays or additional fees at Customs. If you are shipping within the UK then you will need to keep your hooks and specialist equipment wrapped individually, preferably in their original packaging. Please make sure to accurately describe any such items on your shipping labels.

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