Tim reached out and wanted to share one of his reels he’s been super excited about. He said he’s been hard at work with his partner to develop a high-quality reel at an attractive price point.
That means if you buy a reel you’re not only helping out a new and up-and-coming company but one who gives back. They have a bunch of veteran fishing guides who battle test their reels and give them feedback on the regular.
10+1 Ball Bearing System: When you first take this reel out of the box and screw in the handle you’ll notice…it’s smooth like butter. As with any moving component, there is a risk for debris or corrosion to decrease the longevity of your reel.
You can rest assured that your main shaft won’t be what fails on you in this reel. When it comes to stuffing your reel full of line, the FFP Osprey is hard to beat.
SizeBearingsDrag Capacities RatioWeightBraid Capacity100010+120 lbs5.2:17.4oz6/196, 8/164, 10/1303000SS7+118 lbs5.2:111.4oz.25/250, .30/2004000SS7+126 lbs5.2:111.7oz.30-250, .35-1906000SS7+140 lbs4.9:118.7oz.35-210, .40-1608000SS7+149 lbs4.9:123.9oz.40-310, .45-260As you can see with the new saltwater series, they have removed a few bearings from the reel. As much as we like to have bearings in our reels for smoothness, any moving part near salt can potentially be a problem in the future if not properly maintained.
Smoothness Lightness FFP gives back to conservation Customer Services is top-notch The price is a bit steeper than other battle-tested spinning reels like the Died BG and Penn Battle II.
When I went down to Baa, I had a chance to spool up some 30-pound ice blue line from FFP onto the 4000 size Osprey. We’d be remiss if we didn’t take some time to mention all the upgrades they made with their new Saltwater Series.
For a little extra in price, you’ll be accessing years of Research and Development by their team of saltwater fishing guides and ambassadors. For whatever reason, ice blue pops out against the black reel and just looks cool.
I could have backfilled it with mono first, but I was tired from the long drive down to Baa and figured tape would work just fine. I also got my hands on some thick 60-pound fluorocarbon leader that is used more so for tarpon and other large fish with big teeth.
Most of the time was going straight braid using surface irons and lures since that’s all that required for bonito or yellowtail. It’s a pretty cool service, you just pay a flat fee and then ship your reel to them.
I wanted to save little information about the brand for the end of the reviews, so you can get a full picture of who they are. FFP was started by Ty Nelson and Tim Summer who wanted to make a difference in the fishing community.
They noticed the trend in high price low-quality gear that was flooding the market and decided enough was enough. As much as anglers have started standing up for their local waterways, it seemed that the large fishing gear manufacturers weren’t doing enough to conserve the sport for future generations.
By taking 3% of the profits and reinvented that back into conservation, showing that the planet was also a shareholder of the company and should be treated like one. Lastly, they set out to lead by example and create a culture that is one of positivity and getting people to excited to fish again.
When you can get your hands around a quality product and turn that into memories that last a lifetime, more people will want to join in and participate. There are people up in Maine, down around Texas, and even on the West Coast of California and Washington participating.
They have partnered with multiple conservation organizations to bring awareness of the declining estuaries and educating the public on what can be done to protect them. With the fact that everyone seems to have a podcast nowadays, it is pretty fun to go all the way back to the first episode and listen to how they all got started.
FFP has a podcast that they started back in 2016 and it looks like they haven’t done one after 2017, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any good info still packed in there. I went back to the first episode that’s where I was able to listen in to boy co-founders Ty Nelson and Tim Summer talk about how they got their company started.
They mentioned how they went to different Florida universities and when they graduated met up and decided to get into the fishing industry. They mentioned that after looking around at what they could sell, they decided why not make the best saltwater fishing reel on the market.