Board of Directors + Staff

Chairman’s Message

Welcome to, a website dedicated to the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.  We are a group of fly shops, manufacturers, guides, outfitters, sales representatives, media and travel companies dedicated to the continued growth and sustainability of the sport of fly fishing.  As an industry trade organization, AFFTA is committed to serving our membership base in ways that help promote the growth of our sport, of individual businesses, in addition to our industry as a whole.

For 2015 we have gathered a dynamic and diverse Board of Directors that offers an impressive sampling of the fly fishing industry.  Our 15-person board represents each major industry segment.  Each one of our board members is a recognized leader in their specific trade.  As an industry organization, we are looking forward to an exciting and successful year ahead, so please be sure to stay tuned to all the notable happenings in fly fishing by subscribing to the AFFTA Newsletter or by following the Trade News section of our website

As always, we are only as strong as the members we represent and serve, and as an organization we hope to continue the growth of our membership base into 2015.  As AFFTA’s first ever Chairman representing the retail base of our industry, I hope to continue to display the commitment our trade group has to retailers, in addition to the other key segments of our industry.  It is my honor and privilege to serve as AFFTA’s Chairman to the Board of Directors, and I look forward to a coming year of success for all of our members and industry partners.  If you are interested in becoming a member of AFFTA, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Chairman of our Nominating Committee, David Heller, or any of our current members across the county.

Best regards,
Tucker Ladd
Chairman, AFFTA


Ben Bulis – President
Ben was the founding partner of Rocky Mountain Aviation which designed…

tucker_laddTucker Ladd- Chairman
President and Owner of Trout’s Fly Fishing in Denver, CO, Tucker…

Tom SadlerTom Sadler
In July of 2008 Tom left Washington D.C. to pursue his passion for…

Jim KlugJim Klug 
Founder and Director of Operations for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures,…

Dustin CarlsonDustin Carlson
Dustin Carlson is a lifelong angler who channels his passion for the sport

Larry BarrettLarry Barrett
Larry is the Director of Operations and Technology for Far Bank…

rileyRiley Cotter
Riley is the Sales Manager for Umpqua Feather Merchants…

ShawnShawn Combs
Currently the Divisional Merchandise Manager and lead rod developer for Orvis Rod and Tackle … Read More >>

Ben KurtzBen Kurtz 
As a Colorado Native, Ben gained an appreciation for fly fishing at an early age. After graduating Read more >>

Mark Harbaugh
As a kid growing up on the family ranch Owyhee mountains south of Boise, I was exposed to fishing early on … Read more >>

Michael WhiteMichael White
Michael is a long tenured and respected industry sales representative, having worked … Read more >>

BrandonBrandon D. Shuler
Dr. Brandon D. Shuler is an oceans advocate for the …

JenniferJennifer Lavigne
Jennifer Lavigne is the sales and marketing manager for The Waterworks-Lamson … Read more >>

ChrisHuntChris Hunt
Chris Hunt is the national communications director for Trout Unlimited …

colby Bio picColby Trow
Colby Trow owns Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg, Virginia with …

Steve Bendzak caught the fly bug growing up in Seattle, and …

Ex-Officio Board Members

2014 David Heller, Photo, Website BioDavid S. Heller
David brings more than 25 years of fly fishing industry experience to the AFFTA board, including Read more >>