AFTCO stands for the American Fishing Tackle Company and was established in 1958 in Newport Beach, California by J.C. Axelson, a pioneer in big-game tackle development. In 1973, Milt Shedd (a legendary innovator himself) and wife Peggie purchased AFTCO, and a new company evolved with a concern for both the fishing customer and marine resources.
In 1974, son Bill Shedd joined the company, and in 1989 he started the AFTCO Clothing Division, with the introduction of what many consider the world’s finest fishing shorts. In 1999, AFTCO began a relationship with Guy Harvey by manufacturing and distributing “all over print” shirts incorporating Guy’s art. In 2004, Guy officially partnered with AFTCO for the manufacture and distribution of all Guy Harvey sportswear, including the immensely popular Guy Harvey t-shirts. In 2007, AFTCO partnered with wildlife artist Al Agnew to produce and distribute a line of clothing for the freshwater angler and those who appreciate inland game and wildlife.
For more than 50 years, the AFTCO name has stood for quality and dependability, backed by a family-owned company that ranks among the world’s most highly regarded saltwater fishing tackle manufacturers.
AFTCO Roller Guides and Roller Tops, Unibutts, Taper Tip Gaffs, Roller Troller Outrigger Clips, Fighting Belts and Harnesses, Fishing Gloves and more, are found on top sportfishing boats worldwide.
That long-earned reputation now applies to AFTCO Clothing. The new AFTCO fishing shorts board shorts offer the functionality demanded by the serious angler and have the “California Cool” factor that younger anglers are looking for. The focus of AFTCO clothing is on performance.
AFTCO‘s conservation ethic is real and not just a marketing ploy. It evolved through former company Chairman, Milt Shedd’s longtime involvement in ocean resource projects. Milt, the founding Board Chairman of Sea-World, Inc., passed in 2002, but his marine stewardship tradition is carried on by the staff of AFTCO. Bill Shedd, company President and CEO, contributes more than 500 hours a year providing leadership for the sportfishing community and ocean conservation efforts.
When you purchase AFTCO products you contribute to the over $350,000 AFTCO donates each year to various marine resource and fishing community efforts.
For more information on AFTCO Fishing Gear visit aftco.com.