AFFTA’s Membership Policy & Guidelines are designed to help you, our present and future members, understand when and how you are charged for membership. Please review before you join AFFTA or renew your existing membership. To find out more regarding the benefits of being an AFFTA Member, click here.
Our membership term is based on the calendar year, the membership year; memberships expire on December 31 of each calendar year. For example, if you join (or renew) for the year 2016, that membership would expire on December 31, 2016.
There is a grace period for early membership initiation and/or renewal; that grace period begins on October 1 of each calendar year for memberships of record for the following calendar year. Dues paid prior to October 1st of a given year will be applied to membership for that year. For example, if you pay initial membership dues, or pay for membership renewal, any time between October 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, those dues are automatically be applied to your 2016 membership. If you applied for or renewed a membership on August 15, 2015 perhaps, dues paid would be applied to the calendar year 2015.
AFFTA Memberships fall into primary categorizations as follows: General, Associate, Individual, and Affiliates.
Made up of manufacturers, distributors and retailers of fly-fishing products, as well as travel agencies, outfitters and lodges that directly cater to fly anglers, this is the category most AFFTA members fall into. The primary, authorized representative of these types of businesses should join and/or renew memberships under the general category
Associate memberships are made up of media outlets, trade organization and not-for-profit organizations that provide ancillary services to fly anglers, environmental efforts, and/or support any of the entities that otherwise fall into the general membership category. The primary authorized representative of the organization should join and/or renew memberships under the associates category.
Individuals consist of fly-fishing guides, fly shop staff, and sales representatives of fly-fishing products and services (either independent or directly employed by the manufacturer or distributor of the products they represent). Individual members should initiate and/or renew membership on their own behalf.
Affiliate memberships are made up of any of the general or associate membership sub-categories, but are not directly involved with fly-fishing. The primary authorized representative of the affiliate should join and/or renew memberships on behalf of the respective organization.
Refunds for AFFTA membership dues cannot be provided, with exception for:
1) Dues paid using a lost or stolen credit card
2) Dues paid by a person on behalf of an organization who was not duly authorized to pay such dues
3) Dues paid more than once by either an individual or organization for any specific member year
Reallocation of membership dues i.e. from one calendar year will not be provided unless payment is deemed duplicate (see #3 above) and the payee agrees to allocate such payment to future year membership.
Thank you very much for reviewing the guidelines, and we look forward to having you as a member of The American Fly Fishing Trade Association.