Our Staff

Darren Wright

Co-Owner/Guide

Darren is the co-owner and operator of Island Outfitters since it all began in 1994. He’s been guiding professionally since 1995.

  • First Aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Ward Bond

Co-Owner/Guide

Ward is co-owner and operator of Island Outfitters, and has been since its inception in 1994. Hunting and fishing are his passion. He’s our Head Guide and holds our freshwater guiding license.

  • First Aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Ian White

Manager/Guide

Ian is our store manager at Island Outfitters. He’s guided since 2004. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, he enjoys hunting and fishing throughout BC.

  • First Aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Russ Kronstrom

Floor Manager

Russ is the floor manager at Island Outfitters, sharing his love for the outdoors. He is well rounded in archery, fishing, and hunting with firearms and bows. Russ is a go-to for customer inquiries in our store - whether you’re a beginner or expert Russ is always knowledgeable and ready to help. 

Brenda Lineham

Office Manager

Brenda is the glue that holds our building together. Taking lead in our office she controls all administration duties with her staff to ensure that we are always running smoothly. 

Rob Rippin

Guide

Rob started out fishing for Pike as a kid in Manitoba but has loved trolling for salmon since he moved to Victoria.  He has been guiding with Island Outfitters, out of Victoria, for the last 16 years. When he is out on the water, he loves trolling an Irish Cream Coho Killer behind a Madi Flasher.

  • First aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Dan Findlow

Guide

Dan is our first guide on the water in Port Renfrew and has been guiding since 2006. He has been fishing since he was four years old and decided he was going to be a fishing guide by eight years old. Dan’s favourite lure is the Gold Nugget Coho Killer when fishing for Salmon.

  • First aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Zane Hyrsko

Guide

Zane has been guiding for us since 2014 in both Victoria and Port Renfrew. He guides for both fresh and salt water charters.

  • First Aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Brennen Boyne

Guide

Born and raised fishing on Vancouver Island, Brennen worked in the fishing retail business throughout school, before going commercial fishing. When he was 21, he switched to guiding, fishing winter harbour. In 2014, he started guiding for Island Outfitters out of Port Renfrew.

  • Svop
  • MED A1 A2
  • Marine first aid
  • Marine radio operator
  • 60 ton captains ticket

Michael Peakman

Guide

Michael was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and has been fishing since he was 3 years old. He is well versed in all aspects of fishing and is a long time fly fisherman as well as an avid angler. In the past, he has worked in the Charlotte’s and now guides for Island Outfitters in Port Renfrew.

  • First aid
  • R.O.C-M
  • S.V.O.P
  • MED A3
  • P.C.O.C
  • T.A.G.

Aaron Merner

Gun Shop Manager

Aaron brings extensive firearms knowledge to our team with his strong passion for reloading and target shooting. Since he was 12 years old he has been shooting firearms and now shares his wisdom and love for the outdoors and firearms in our Gun Shop.

Laura Dalgliesh

Lowrance Tech/ Inventory Lead/ Warranty and Licensing Expert

Laura has always loved the outdoors, and since a young age has been involved with fishing, hunting, camping, and gardening, among other outdoor activities. At our store Laura wears many hats; being an expert on marine electronics she is always willing and happy to help with any questions about Lowrance. Laura leads our receiving team helping maintain inventory flow for our store, as well as constantly sharing her expertise with licensing and warranties. Whatever the job or question may be at our store, we bet Laura can help.

Joanne Skakun

Service Technician Expert

Joanne is our Service Technician Expert, always ready and willing to educate and help with bow set-up and rod repair among any other service. She was one of our top fishing guides until she took over our repair service and recently won a gold medal in the BC Summer games. Loving everything outdoors, Joanne is a leader in our store and someone we lean on for any service repair that may come through. Joanne has been here over 22 years now and with her extensive experience and knowledge she is the perfect person to assist beginners and experts.

Ryan Mace

Ryan has been fishing and hunting his whole life, making him one of our experts in all areas of the store. He loves jigging for Salmon but once hunting season comes around Ryan spends every moment he can at the trigger-end of his rifle. Need advice on whats working on the water or in the bush?.. We trust Ryan with that!

Dave Renney

Dave is one of our knowledgeable gun shop associates, he has been shooting since a young age and enjoys educating himself on older and interesting firearms. Dave has been hunting and fishing for over 50 years in beautiful BC, always looking forward to his annual moose trip.

Riley Mace

Riley has been hunting and fishing for as long as he can remember. He's loved the sport since day one and really enjoys helping people who are new into fishing and hunting or looking for advice. You'll see Riley on our sales floor always eager to help anyone from beginners to experts, he is one of our go-to's and regardless of your skill level he should be one of yours too!

Josh Gladman

Josh is one of Island Outfitter’s fly-fishing experts, learning on our beautiful Cowichan river over 10 years ago. Josh has extensive knowledge on local lakes as well as some interior lakes and rivers. He spends most of the summer salmon fishing when the rivers are too low and warm to fish. Need help with fly fishing? We go to Josh for that.

Mikey Deventer

Mikey was born and raised on Vancouver Island, hunting and fishing since he was 7 years old. If he's not sharing his extensive outdoor knowledge here at Island Outfitters he spends his time in the woods or on the water.


Makayla Berkes

Makayla has been fishing for as long as she can remember. She is a pro when it comes to issueing licenses and in her role as junior inventory associate. With a vast knowledge about hunting and fishing and her back-end expertise Makayla is our go-to for inventory related questions and just about anything fishing.