AFTCO stands for the American Fishing Tackle Company. We are a family-owned fishing tackle and apparel business with a 60+ year history of providing jobs in America. Our apparel is mostly made in Central America and Asia. Many of our tackle products are made in America and still hand assembled in our U.S.-based machine shop located in Santa Ana, California.
We source and manufacture products from all over the world to maximize quality and value for our customers. We take many factors into consideration with each production decision, but the goal is always the same — to create innovative products that stand the test of time. We want to keep you fishing more comfortably in your pursuit of Any Fish, Any Water®.
If you are interested in seeing our USA based machine shop or learning more about AFTCO, you can do so here. See below for a detailed breakdown on where and how our Tackle and Clothing products are manufactured.
We are one of the few fishing rod component that still manufactures many of our products in the U.S. Look for the American flag on product images to identify the specific tackle products made in America.
The world's leading saltwater fishermen have long relied on AFTCO tackle components for their consistently dependable, flawless performance. Beginning with carefully selected materials, we utilize highly specialized machining, finishing, and testing processes to ensure that extra margin of excellence. This process is kept under tight wraps through exhaustive testing at sea, with the direct hands-on involvement of dedicated AFTCO personnel — experts whose concerns and judgments reflect lifetimes of active big game fishing.
In many cases, we believe the best way to accomplish the above is directly in our U.S.-based machine shop. However, this is not always true. Factories differ in their specialization from country to country. We believe Japan makes the world’s best Fluorocarbon fishing line. For that reason, we produce and package all our premium SaikoPro Fluorocarbon in Japan. We believe Germany makes the best steel, so our fishing fillet knives are made with 4116 German stainless-steel blades. To ensure we get our knives to you at a fair value, we assemble them in Taiwan. Regardless of country of origin, you can be sure that AFTCO will stand behind our Fishing Tackle Limited Lifetime Warranty
Primary countries we source from:
USA, Taiwan, Germany, Japan, China, Indonesia
Worn across the globe, AFTCO's fishing clothing is designed to handle the harshest elements. Whether you're an elite bass angler looking to stay dry during a late fall downpour or an offshore weekend warrior seeking protection from the sun's harmful UV rays, AFTCO keeps you fishing comfortably. We’ve field tested our products through AFTCO’s large network for freshwater fishing pro’s and saltwater guides alike.
We source our products all over the world to maximize quality and value for our customers. From Peru to Mexico, Central America provides some of the world’s best cotton. For that reason, many of our t-shirts come from that region. More recently, we’ve been finding that other central American countries like Guatemala are offering the newest tech in performance fabrics and is becoming a great partner for performance shirt production.
In today’s world, many processes have been automated, but apparel primarily remains a highly labor intensive job. Each collar placed, button sewn, and hem finished is generally done with 2 pieces of old school tech: hands and a sewing machine. For that reason, much of the apparel industry is concentrated in Asian countries with large populations; countries like China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. With the volume of work, they’ve become experts in a number of categories. As a general rule countries have overarching specialties, but more than anything, specific factories hold specialized skills. From there, it’s about finding the right factory to meet our production standards. For those reasons and more, many of our apparel products are made all across Asia.
AFTCO's supply chain is leading the industry by partnering with sustainable textile mills & manufacturers whom practice the highest social, economic, environmental and fair-trade policy standards in the business. All of our factory direct vendors have at least one of the below certification, including OEKO TEX, WRAP, ISO9001, ISO14001, or BSCIA certifications. In many cases, we partner with 3rd party fabric & fabric suppliers to ensure fabric quality. Most of those are brand names you would not recognize, others like our partner drirelease® have marketed themselves to consumers. While we continue to explore American Made clothing products that offer the value and quality that our customer accepts, with the exception of the Made in America T-shirt Program, we do not make any of our clothing products in America. We stand behind each apparel item we manufacture. See here for our clothing warranty policies.
Primary countries we source from:
Mexico, China, Taiwan, Guatemala, USA, Peru, India, Vietnam