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COVID-19 Resources for the Fly Fishing Industry

We are in uncharted waters on so many fronts because of the current COVID-19 situation. From protecting our families to protecting our livelihoods, every member of our industry is being affected. We want you to know that AFFTA is doing everything possible to ensure the fly fishing industry is represented and accounted for in the relief measures included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act along with the second round of stimulus funding.

The most relevant provisions to the fly fishing industry in the CARES Act include:

  • A temporary case-by-case suspension of tariff payments
  • Payroll tax relief measures
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) through the SBA for small businesses
  • An additional $300 million “to provide direct financial assistance to all manner of fishers, fishery participants, and communities that have been affected by coronavirus.” **(see legislative language below)

Right now, details about application and distribution are changing on a weekly (even daily) basis. But our finger is on the pulse of this and we will share everything we learn as soon as we hear.


Relevant links and resources

General CARES Info

SBA & US Chamber of Commerce Guidance

Tariff Info

State-level Info



**Financial assistance to fishery participants:

$300M "to provide direct financial assistance to all manner of fishers, fishery participants, and communities that have been affected by coronavirus.” The bill’s legislative text specifies that this relief assistance will be available to “fishery participants,” defining that term as, “Tribes, persons, fishing communities, aquaculture businesses not otherwise eligible for assistance under part 1416 of title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations for losses related to COVID-19, processors, or other fishery-related businesses, who have incurred, as a direct or indirect result of the coronavirus pandemic.” These funds will be available through September 30, 2021 on a rolling basis.