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Hi All,

Looking for recommendations for a case. I've found a few that seem to be high quality, but not many. My criteria are as follows:
-for 4 piece rod (not 2)
-has a built in space for reels (so I don't have to take it off the grip section)
-tube portion is rigid (can and should have padding on inside and outside, but a rigid core is a must).
-separations inside for 4 pieces so I can just drop each sections in.

Thanks!
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There is one additional criteria you should have. When you open it, it should unzip and open all the way to the corner of the case, so the rods can slide straight out.
Like this one:


Rather than leaving a rim that you have to pull the rod butts up and over.
Like this one:


I have the Simms and like it.
 

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There is one additional criteria you should have. When you open it, it should unzip and open all the way to the corner of the case, so the rods can slide straight out.
Like this one:

Rather than leaving a rim that you have to pull the rod butts up and over.
Like this one:

I have the Simms and like it.
Solid tip, thanks! Winston rods will be going in it, so I for sure would it to be quality.
 

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I would base the choice on what rods are going in the case. The $100 or whatever case would be silly with a TFO Finesse or something just like I wouldn't recommend you get a Dick's Sporting Goods case for a Winston rod.
I agree. I guess I just dont worry about it too much because I'm very careful with my rods no matter what case they are in.
 

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Additional question: even though I have a 4 piece rod, what about getting a 2 piece case, thus being able to leave the line strung and faster setup? I kind of starred thinking that taking it apart into 4 pieces (no chance of managing the line intact) is pretty close to putting it away in the factory sock and tube.
 

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Fly rod cases are pretty much all the same (i.e. hard, or soft) and no great technology is involved in their manufacture. My suggestion would be to try a "discount" place like Sierra Trading Post, or even someplace like Cabellas. I don't know, but I suspect you can find what you want, or something close to it, for a lot less than Simms, Fishpond, or Dan Bailey. Unless, of course, you must have the "right" brand name stamped on the outside to impress the flight attendants.
 

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Additional question: even though I have a 4 piece rod, what about getting a 2 piece case, thus being able to leave the line strung and faster setup? I kind of starred thinking that taking it apart into 4 pieces (no chance of managing the line intact) is pretty close to putting it away in the factory sock and tube.
This is what I do. The case I use is configured and roomy enough that I can carry 4 9' rods broken down but fully rigged with lines and flies attached. Makes rigging up at the lake much faster. Also makes putting everything away at the end of the day very easy.
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Additional question: even though I have a 4 piece rod, what about getting a 2 piece case, thus being able to leave the line strung and faster setup? I kind of starred thinking that taking it apart into 4 pieces (no chance of managing the line intact) is pretty close to putting it away in the factory sock and tube.
I do that with my small-stream rod, which can see action a couple of times a week during the summer. Works great. Just leave the fly hooked in the tip top (which ends up at the opening end of the case with the reel). But be careful you don't tweak the tip while putting the rod away.
 
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