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AFFTA flourishes with increased membership


The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has seen tremendous growth to its membership base.

The association that represents the American fly fishing trade has reached a milestone that eclipses the 1,000 member mark.

AFTTA president Ben Bulis said, “The year I joined AFFTA as its president, we might’ve had 250 members and we used to have to beg to get people to run for the board. It has been the hard work and commitment of our board and staff that has helped us reach this point. Day-in and day-out, year after year ensuring that our industry has a strong, unified voice on issues that are vital to our livelihoods.

“And it’s the dedication of our entire industry to the health of their business, our fisheries and welcoming more people to our sport that inspires us as an association to do what we do. I could not be more proud of this community.”

AFFTA represents specialty retailers, manufacturers, reps, distributors, guides, lodges, outfitters, media professionals and more in the fly fishing industry across the country. The association hosts the International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD), the largest fly fishing industry trade show in the world, which will be taking place in Denver, Colorado from October 16th to 18th, as well as the retail education-focused Dealer Summit.

Author: Simon Calvert

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