Make sure the bubble wrap sheets cover the entire length of your fishing rods.
Pay special attention to the tips of your rods as they’re the most delicate parts. Give them extra protection by wrapping them with two or three layers of bubble wrap sheets.
Secure all the protective bubble wrap layers with packing tape. Don’t tape the rods too tightly.
Creating a Protective Package
Once your fishing rods are fully wrapped, place them inside heavy-duty cardboard, plastic, or PVC tubes.
Whichever pipe you use – make sure its diameter and length correspond with your rod. Here’s how you can create a protective rod holder with PVC pipes –
Pick a basic, schedule-40 PVC pipe. These pipes are usually 1 to 1.5-inch wide so they can easily fit most fishing poles.
Buy these pipes in 10 or 12-feet lengths. Cut them into separate sections. For instance, if your fishing rod is 6 feet long, buy a 12-feet long PVC pipe. Cut it down to 2, 6-foot sections.
Use rasps and file sets to fit the rods inside the pipes smoothly.
Clean up the mess (all the little plastic parts that fall off when you cut the PVC pipe).
These protective pipes ensure that your rods don’t break in transit. The bubble wrap layers will absorb 90% of the shocks your rods receive while being transported.
These flexible pipes will take care of the rest. A strong PVC or cardboard tube can easily protect a sensitive, ultralight spinning rod.
Filling Up the Packages with Packing Foam
Packing foams are light.
That’s why they’re the perfect “fillers” for packages that contain fragile items like fishing rods. You can buy three types of packing foams – Polyurethane (PU), Expanded Polystyrene (EPS), and Polyethylene (PE).
Expanded polystyrene is the number one choice of fishers.
That’s because this packing foam offers thermal insulation, acoustic insulation, and water resistance.
EPS is also the cheapest packing foam in the market.
Fill up your final shipping package or container with EPS. Shake the package with your hands to check whether the fishing rod inside is moving.
If it is, pack more EPS inside the package until the movement stops. You can also use packing peanuts to complete this step.
Sealing the Shipping Package
Finally, seal your fishing rod packages with tape. Wrap them multiple times in all directions. Label each package as “fragile.”
Attach all the shipment info and shipping address to the packages and prepare to ship your fishing rods.
Picking a Courier Company
Select a company that’s famous for fishing rod shipments. Don’t forget to obtain shipping insurance for your packages.
Get estimates from various shipping or courier services. Pick a company and send your shipment.
So you have got the answer to how to ship fishing rods. Remember to compare the shipping rates of different courier providers.
Avoid companies that over/undercharge.
Many factors will determine your final shipping cost. They include – the weight of your shipment, the value of the rods being shipped, and their fragility.
Fishing rods that are particularly fragile need extra care from the shippers.
But, if you follow the aforementioned packaging tips, your shipment won’t be deemed “fragile” by the shipping companies.