Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 03/12/2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. - AFTCO is excited to announce the addition of Ryan Butler to their AFCTO Freshwater Pro Team.  Butler, a 36-year old resident of Blue Eye, MO earned a berth to the 2018 Bassmaster Classic via a win at the 2017 Totota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship, and is elated to join the team.

"I couldn't be more excited to partner with a company like AFTCO that shares my common goals and values.  From the efforts they put towards conservation, to the long family history of the business, they embody everything I look for in a company," Butler said.

Butler will also be partnering with the Catch a Dream foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed towards providing outdoor adventures of a lifetime to kids with life-threatening illness.  These trips are outdoors-based and center around bass fishing and hunting.  

Ryan has a goal of raising $100,000, which will supply 20 trips for the children and their family. You can donate to Catch a Dream and Ryan Butler’s cause at www.catchadream.org/ryanbutler

Butler will join AFTCO Freshwater Pro Team anglers Jason Christie, Dustin Connell, Todd Faircloth, Shin Fukae, Anthony Gagliardi, Russ Lane, Jared Lintner, Scott Martin, Michael Neal, and John Zeolla.

AFTCO MFG. CO., based in Santa Ana, California, reflects a legacy of building the finest in fishing tackle and performance fishing clothing. For over 60 years, AFTCO has maintained the highest level of craftmanship trusted by fishermen worldwide. The AFTCO name represents unparalleled quality, performance, reliability and a commitment to conservation. Every year since 1973, AFTCO and the Shedd family have contributed more than 10% of company profits to help protect our resources and ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations. To learn more about AFTCO and the company’s 10% Pledge for Conservation, visit aftco.com/bass-conservation.