The American Fly Fishing Trade Association is the nation’s largest fly fishing trade association and is dedicated to the sustained growth of the fly fishing industry. AFFTA’s more than 950 members, including fly fishing retail stores, manufacturers, outfitters, guides, and lodges contribute over $1 billion annually to the U.S. economy by the fly fishing industry.
Ours is a growing market. Between 2015 and 2016, net sales revenue of fly fishing products increased by 8.5%. In 2016, more than 4.5 million Americans went fly fishing at least once, and the number of anglers who fly fish is estimated at ten million.
AFFTA, through its Government Affairs & Alliances Committee, advocates on behalf of its members, keeping watch on laws and policies that significantly affect our members’ business and the sport of fly-fishing itself. In addition to monitoring emerging polices, the committee builds important relationships with Members of Congress, key officials in the Trump administration and other conservation and outdoor recreation organizations to ensure that fly-fishing interests are represented when policy decisions are made.
AFFTA is firmly committed to the principle that access to healthy habitat creates recreational opportunity and that recreational opportunity creates economic activity for our members. That equation drives our decisions on what public policy efforts we lend our support to. Below are some of the broad policy efforts we are engaged in.