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Instructor & Guide
Ken Louko

Ken Louko introduced himself to fly fishing for Brown trout on his parent's farm in Upstate New York. As a kid, he progressed from bait casting, to spin fishing, and then on to a fly rod teaching himself how to cast using a streamer. In 1985, as a new resident of Atlanta, Ken decided to put all of his spin fishing equipment in the attic and dedicate himself 100% to fishing with a fly rod. The year 2013 marks his 33rd year fly fishing since that early start on his parent's Upstate New York farm.

Ken is currently on Pro Guide programs for Sage, Redington, Ross, C&F Design, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Scientific Anglers, and RIO Products.

An accomplished fly casting and fly fishing instructor, Ken has taught hundreds of people how to fly fish based on principles set out by the Federation of Fly Fishers, Lefty Kreh's casting wisdom, and his many year's of experience as a fly fisherman. As a conservationist, he supports catch & release fly fishing and is a Life Time Member of Trout Unlimited, past Vice Chairman of the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited, a founding member of the Trout Unlimited Stewardship Council in Georgia, and is actively involved with the Federation of Fly Fishers through the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club.

Ken has fished in numerous international countries in addition to the Southeast, the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain states. He has direct experience chasing a variety of warmwater and coldwater species of fish with a fly rod including Steelhead, Landlocked Salmon, Bass, Bream, and the enormous Brown Trout that migrate up eastern Great Lakes tributaries in the Fall. Since 1986, he has made more than 30 trips out West chasing trout throughout a variety of seasons in Yellowstone National Park, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

Internationally, Ken has fly fished in Canada, the Bahamas, the Caymans, France, Scotland, and New Zealand. During the past 15 years his interests have grown to include fly fishing in saltwater for Jacks, Redfish, Bonefish and Permit. Bass (Largemouth & Stripers) on a fly whether in ponds, lakes or rivers is a favorite of his in Georgia. Chasing eastern bright chromers (Steelhead) in the Great Lakes tributary waters during the Fall has been a major obsession for many years.

In 1996, he founded Spring Creek Anglers to help teach others about the sport of fly fishing whether a total beginner, intermediate fly angler, or an experienced spin/bait caster wishing to learn to fish with a fly rod.

In 2003, Ken developed a private water trophy trout fly fishing venue called Noontootla Creek Farms located in Blue Ridge, GA. He also ran the fly fishing venue for one and a half years on behalf of the landowners up until they began work on the NCF Sporting Clays operation.

In early 2005, he co-founded and opened High Meadows Club in Ellijay, GA, initially with two and one-half miles of private trout water that grew to over seven (7) miles of trophy and wild trout water. High Meadows Club closed at the end of 2007 partially due to the extreme drought conditions affecting North Georgia.

In 2010, Ken introduced the Balance your Skill Set™ framework - a comprehensive learning structure. His Fly Fishing School is based on this framework. He also guides fly anglers on North Georgia's most productive trophy trout waters. During the Fall, Ken hosts an annual fly fishing trip to chase Steelhead in New York State.

Balance your Skill Set

Seeking a more uniform method of teaching fly fishing rather than just casting and a few extras like so many other fly fishing schools, Ken introduced the instructional uniform framework of learning to fly fish called:

Balance your Skill Set

This framework, combined with the Federation of Fly Fishers "Five Essentials of Fly Casting", form the core building blocks to building a personal fly fishing skill set from "beginner to expert level".

Guided and Hosted Trips

Personalized guiding services on North Georgia private trophy trout waters chasing monster trout (and sometimes smaller trout) builds upon those learned skills. Another complement to even further enhance those learned skills are hosted destination fly fishing trips like the annual Fall Steelhead trip to Western Upstate NY.

The Steelhead Trip is a GREAT trip for anyone that would like to try their hand at chasing big, wild, sometimes "out-of-control", chromers fresh from the Great Lakes where they have bulked up on shiners for the majority of the year. Double digit days are not un-common. As a former native New York State resident, this is an outstanding opportunity to fish for 30" + fish with a guy that has done this trip for many years. The Lake Erie trib's are our primary destination in mid-November. Contact us early as space is somewhat limited on this trip.

Great Food!  Great group of "Steelheaders"!
 Always a good time!
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