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AFFTA to name first Fisheries Fund grants ‘in days’

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The first successful applicants for AFFTA Fisheries Fund grants are set to be named within days.

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has named the board members who will make up its newly formed Fisheries Fund and announced that the first grant recipients will be revealed in the coming days.

Financed by the proceeds from the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show (IFTD), the Fund was set up to provide grants to organisations that support fisheries conservation and education projects.

Its board of directors includes Tucker Ladd (Trout’s Fly Fishing), Jim Klug (Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures), Ben Kurtz (Fishpond), Dustin Carlson (Fishwest), David S. Heller (formerly of Ross Reels) and AFFTA President Ben Bulis.

Ladd said: “We are eager to get the Fisheries Fund underway and we have already received many worthy grant applications. We are extremely keen to directly support work being done on behalf of fisheries conservation and education issues.”

The board will meet regularly throughout the year to evaluate and hand out grants to successful applicants.

After receiving non-profit status approval, the Fisheries Fund will soon be open to direct, tax deductible donations from AFFTA members and the general public and these dollars will go directly to organisations and projects that impact fisheries and grow the number of new anglers.

“The Fisheries Fund was a long-term goal of the AFFTA board that we are delighted to bring to fruition. This is an opportunity for anyone whose vocation or hobby includes fishing to support and foster the sport and industry they hold dear,” said Jim Klug.

The Fisheries Fund grant application can be accessed from the AFFTA website at

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