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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 1,200 members, including fly fishing retail stores, manufacturers, outfitters, guides, lodges, and media professionals 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 and Science & Policy Committees, 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.

Read and download our Policy Statements:

Federal Fisheries Management

Florida Water Issues

Catch and Release