Welcome to “The Weekly Tip” presented by American Legacy Fishing Company. This is a weekly installment that brings you helpful tips to help you be more efficient on and off the water!
This week we will attempt to alleviate some of the anxiety that can accompany sending in your rod for trade. Follow these four simple steps and you’ll be on your way to stress-free trading in no time!
You will need:
- Shipping Tube
- You may acquire a shipping tube by placing your order first. We are unable to ship empty tubes
- You may use any tube that you have if you happen to just keep them laying around
- We have seen people use everything from PVC to a Gutter Downspout
- Please be mindful of weight/length if you’re using an alternate material… Extra Weight and/or Length = Extra Shipping Costs!
- Bubble Wrap
- Don’t have any? Use multiple plastic bags to cushion your trade!
- End Caps
- You may use anything to cover the ends of your tube, just make sure it can’t be punctured!
- Any tape will do, but we do not suggest letting duct tape come in contact with the cork or blank of your rod
- Shipping Label
- You may ship your trade on your own accord or use one of our prepaid labels
- Most of those who trade with us find it easiest and cheapest to purchase one of our prepaid labels
- This step is simple… Just bubble wrap the tip and butt section of your rod
- Bonus points if you have a plastic sleeve to put your rod in to protect from scratches!
You may ask, “What if I’m shipping multiple rods in one tube?” Well… Just do this!
Shipping Multiple Rods:
- Arrange your rods so that the tip of your shortest rod rests towards the butt section of your longest rod
- Make sure that the tip of your longest rod is protected by aligning the butt of your shortest rod with the tip of your longest rod
- Bubble wrap both ends of the rods so that they are secure from any damage
- Bonus Points if you put a few pieces of bubble wrap around the middle of your rods to prevent them from rattling around!
- Tape the butt section of your rod to the exterior of your shipping tube
- This keeps your rod suspended in the tube so the tip is prevented from hitting the end cap.
- Skipping this step is a sure-fire way to knock the ceramic out of the tip of your rod!
- Put each end cap on and tape it securely shut!
- Lastly, apply your label to the exterior of your shipping tube
- Make sure to tape over your label if it is printed on normal paper
- Nobody likes a soggy label!
- Go drop your trade off at its designated shipping facility and you’ve done it! Congratulations on successfully packing your trade!