Ken Louko's Bio - Instructor, Guide, and Mentor

Ken Louko


An accomplished fly casting and fly fishing instructor, Ken has taught hundreds of people how to cast and fly fish based on principles set out by Fly Fishers International; Plus... Lefty Kreh; Amy Hazel; and, Simon Gawesworth’s casting wisdom, and Ken's many years of fly fishing experience.


He supports catch & release 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 for over 20 years actively involved with the Fly Fishers International-affiliated Atlanta Fly Fishing Club where he currently serves as AFFC's Saltwater Trips Co-Director.


Ken teaches both Single-Hand and Two-Handed Casting. Most classes include Fly Selection and Fly Presentation Techniques. Also offered, Combination "cast and fish" classes that get you going as quickly as possible whether on-stream or out of a boat.


Ken is currently on Pro Guide programs for Sage, Ross, Redington, Scientific Anglers,  Korkers, SuperStick, RIO Products, and OPST. Orvis products are also some of his favorites.


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Ken grew up in Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes Region (a little south of Ithaca, NY) on a farm owned by his parents. The farm had a major Brown trout fishery that flowed along it's border. He learned to fly fish at an early age after witnessing an epic Mayfly hatch that made the entire stream come alive with opportunistic feeding trout.


Closer to home in North Georgia, the Chattahoochee River that flows through Atlanta is the South's southern most trout water. Fly fishing for various bass species whether in ponds, lakes or rivers is also a favorite of his during his own personal fishing time. Ken pursues Striped Bass on Lake Sidney Lanier which usually are aggressive eaters that can measure greater than 30 inches and weigh up to 40 pounds.


For those not familiar with North Georgia fishing, we have abundant Trout (Browns & Rainbows); and, multiple Bass species (Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Shoal Bass, and Kentucky Spotted Bass).


Our season starts in October and extends through June for the most part which is reversed from fishing in Northern waters. During the summer months, local anglers also fly fish for carp and river Stripers in the Chattahoochee River below Morgan Falls Dam.


Ken's coldwater and warmwater experience for many years has been chasing a variety of species with a fly rod including Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, and Fall-run Great Lakes Steelhead and Brown Trout. Regional trips have included fly fishing in Southeastern waters, the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain states. He ties many of his own flies and owns WAY too many fly tying materials.


His interests also include fly fishing in saltwater for Redfish, Sea Trout, Bonefish and Permit which are relatively close to the Greater Atlanta area.


Internationally, Ken has fly fished in Canada, the Bahamas, France, the Cayman Islands, Scotland, and New Zealand.


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Since 1986, he has made more than 30 trips out West pursuing trout throughout a variety of seasons in Yellowstone National Park, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Recently, Ken has expanded his trout fishing arsenal with lightweight two-handed TroutSpey rods.


Ken has also pursued Steelhead for nearly 15 years, hosting Steelhead trips focused on fishing the tributaries of both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in New York State. More recently, his Steelhead pursuit has extended to the West using a two-handed rod.


In 1997, Ken established Spring Creek Anglers Fly Fishing School in North Georgia where he has been a resident since 1985. He has guided on the Chattahoochee River; created the private North Georgia trophy trout fly fishing venue called Noontootla Creek Farms in Blue Ridge, GA; has guided clients on North Georgia's most productive private Trophy Trout waters; and has taught many, many clients about the joys of fly fishing.


In 2010, Ken introduced the Balance your Skill Set framework – a comprehensive learning structure. Spring Creek Anglers Fly Fishing School is based on this framework. As a member of Fly Fishers International, he actively pursues various species in coldwater, warmwater, and saltwater -- rather than being focused exclusively on Trout. 


In 2014, Ken added a Bay/Flats boat to his arsenal to chase Lake Lanier Stripers on fly; plus, Redfish and other species in saltwater.


From 2013-2017, Ken has adopted using two-handed rods to enhance his trout, Steelhead, and Smallmouth Bass fishing experience.


Lightweight Trout Spey rods, combined with new innovative lines & heads like those from OPST, are bringing even more excitement in the ever expanding world of fly fishing.


He doesn’t like standing still…


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