The answer is that the cost averages around $20 in the United States.
There are many factors that come into play to determine final shipping cost, so let’s take a closer look so you can figure out the best way to do it for the lowest price and arrive to the destination in a reasonable time frame.
Factors you should consider to save money when shipping fishing rods:
What shipping carrier should you use? In general, your options will be the USPS, FedEx or UPS. Another option is to use an airline to ship them. The general consensus is that the US Postal Service is the least expensive and UPS is the most expensive option. But, I have seen conflicting reports so there is no solid answer here and you will simply need to get a quote from each one.
Where are you shipping from? Where are you shipping to? The further away you are mailing your rod, the more expensive it will likely be. Not always the case but usually is. Sometimes you may encounter a surcharge on top of regular shipping.
How long is your shipping container? The shipping price may go up the longer your shipping tube is. If possible, be sure to collapse fishing rods that have that option – or take them apart in two or more sections if you can so you can ship in a shorter tube.
How to Ship Fishing Rods
A cool trick you can try for packaging is to use PVC pipe from your local home improvement store. Just make sure the pipe is wide enough so that it will fit. Leave some room if you want to add bubble wrap or other material to keep rods from getting damaged. Now, the only thing about PVC pipe is it is heavy, so you need to keep that in mind. A long cardboard tube or box is better if you have one. Here’s a great example of how a professional tackle company packs their fishing rods courtesy of TackleDirect.
One other factor that can increase shipping is if the carrier takes into account the circumference of your shipping tube instead of the diameter. You should get a better rate if they go by diameter, but this is something you will likely have no control over and luck will play a large role. Hopefully you can get a worker that doesn’t know what he/she is doing and gives you the better rate 😉
Expect to spend about $20 to ship an average fishing pole, but keep in mind there are many factors. Some poles are expensive costing hundreds of dollars so that means your insurance is going to go up.
Anyway, hope this helps you out. If you have any questions or further recommendations on this subject, please let me know by leaving a comment below.