An Example of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association Doing Exactly What It Should Do

AFFTA_Logo-vf5aStatement of Benjamin H. Bulis, president and CEO of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing entitled, “An Examination of Proposed Environmental Regulation’s Impacts on America’s Small Businesses”, May 19, 2015.

Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee.  I appreciate the opportunity to provide testimony in support of the Clean Water Act at the hearing today.  I had the good fortune to be born and raised in the beautiful state of New Hampshire.  I have fished around the U.S. and the world, but the rivers and streams of New Hampshire will always stay close to my heart.  Now I have the great fortune to live and work in Bozeman, Montana, and the fishing is not too bad there either, as you may have heard!

 AFFTA represents the business of fly fishing which includes manufacturers, retailers, outfitters and guides across the nation, who all share the same bottom line: furthering the sport and industry of fly fishing.  This cannot be accomplished without clean water and vibrant fisheries habitat.  The formula that drives AFFTA is very simple:  Access to healthy habitat creates recreational opportunity that drives economic activity and jobs. Continue reading

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Believe It Or Not, That Stuff Really Works…


Stay tuned for an announcement later by the EPA and Army Corps that bolsters protections of our nation’s headwater streams, which includes trout habitat. Many conservation organizations, including Trout Unlimited did the heavy lifting to help make this possible.

From the New York Times

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