We are the American Fly Fishing Trade Association – the voice of the fly fishing industry!
2016 was another big year for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association; it’s an exciting time to be working in the fly fishing business. The AFFTA board and staff have worked exceptionally hard to see some big wins for the fishing industry come to fruition in 2016.
For the fourth year in a row the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show co-located with ICAST, which was yet again a successful pairing that provided the fly fishing industry with both greater media exposure and opportunities to grow the sport of fishing as a whole. We look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando again this year, July 11-14, 2017.
As a result of banner attendance at IFTD, AFFTA has deployed excess revenue to establish the AFFTA Fisheries Fund. The Fisheries Fund is a granting organization governed by its own board, as well as the AFFTA Executive Committee, focused on funding organizations and projects specifically designated to fisheries conservation and education.
AFFTA continues to focus on developing benefits for manufacturers, retailers and guides, outfitters and lodges. UPS and Staples discounts, insurance tailored specifically to guides and outfitters, as well as advocating on behalf of the fishing industry in local, state and federal policy are all on the top of our benefit list. In 2014, we also created the AFFTA Dealer Summit. The Dealer Summit is an excellent opportunity for retailers nationwide and globally to network and gain vital knowledge on marketing, inventory management, conservation issues and much more. The Dealer Summit, is another can’t miss event.
Thank you to each and every member of AFFTA for choosing to make your voice louder and your business stronger. If you aren’t yet a member, we aim to recruit you in 2017. Let’s move fishing forward, together.
AFFTA Board Chairman