What Islander Is About

There’s a journey in fishing. It starts when you are young when it’s about catching as many fish as possible. Then on to bigger fish. Then the biggest. But there comes a point when your journey takes a turn. Family comes along. Quality time on the water replaces size and quantity. Watching your children—and grandchildren—go through the same journey you did is now your ultimate prize.

At Islander, we ourselves are at various stages of that trip, but what we all agree on is that we want our equipment to be along for the whole ride. That’s why precision matters. That’s why quality matters. It’s why we build in-house on Vancouver Island. We want our journeys and yours to turn into legacies passed on through memories and the reels themselves.

So next time your rod dips, the single action starts spinning and the reel sings, know that we at Islander are happy to have helped you take your next step.


Islander Reels has been manufacturing precision fishing reels since 1990. Islander is a division of J.S. Foster Corporation, a production machine shop located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada that uses modern C.N.C. lathes and machining centers.

As a family owned and operated business that employs over 50 people, J.S. Foster has been committed to local manufacturing since it was founded by Joseph Foster over 45 years ago.

Through a close working relationship with J.S. Foster, Islander Reels combines a tradition of quality and integrity with its own ingenuity and commitment to excellence. This ensures precision and quality in every Islander reel. Islander’s staff are directly involved in each phase of production from conceptual design to finishing touches, a process that has been improved at every level through comments and suggestions from pro and amateur anglers alike.