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Postponed to 2022! Safety fears force AFFTA to pull plug on return of IFTD show

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The International Fly Tackle Dealer Show (IFTD), scheduled for October, has been postponed until 2022, it was announced earlier today.

The show’s organiser, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), says the decision was driven by the spread of the Delta variant strain of the COVID virus. Exhibitors will be emailed this week with answers to questions regarding the logistics of the postponement and to open a dialogue about next year’s event.

A ‘robust communication plan’ will then be implemented over the ‘next couple of months’ laying out the future of a show that has not taken place since 2019, says AFFTA.

“While I am disappointed we are not getting together as an industry this year, I am confident we are going to bring our membership together with an even better industry gathering in 2022,” said Jim Bartschi, Chair of the AFFTA Board.

“The Board unanimously made the difficult, but correct decision to postpone IFTD 2021, as the safety of our members is paramount. Under our new Executive Director’s leadership and vision, the future looks bright, and we are excited to get everyone’s input on what gatherings look like moving forward.”

AFFTA’s new Executive Director, Lucas Bissett, said there had been a real buzz around the show, which would have taken place from October 20th to 22nd in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“I am beyond excited by the show that AFFTA and our Show Director, Kenneth Andres, put together,” added Bissett. “We are proud of the almost 100 exhibitors we partnered with to join us in Salt Lake City this year. We were looking to strike a balance between a safe gathering and providing an exciting, educational and productive show. We had the latter, but a safe gathering was getting harder and harder due to the spread of the unpredictable Delta variant.”

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