Ken Louko's Bio - Instructor, Guide, and Mentor
About 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; April Vokey; and, Simon Gawesworth’s casting wisdom) combined with Ken's 35+ years of fly fishing experience. Ken teaches both Single-Hand and Two-Handed
He supports catch & release fishing and is a member of Fly Fishers International; a Life Time Member of Trout Unlimited; past Vice Chairman of the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited; and, for over 20 years actively involved with the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club most recently as AFFC's Casting Co-Director.
Ken is on Pro Guide programs for... Sage, Ross, Redington, Scientific Anglers, Cortland, Fishpond, Korkers, SuperStick, RIO Products, Water Master, and OPST. Orvis products are also some of his favorites.
He also conducts Fly Casting & Fly Fishing classes in the New York State Finger Lakes Region during the Spring and Summer months.
Ken grew up in Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes Region 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. He saw only one fly fisherman on that stream -- up to only about 10 years ago.
He currently lives in Cumming, Georgia after residing in Atlanta for 22 years.
Ken's coldwater and warmwater fishing experience has been chasing a variety of species with a fly rod including Trout, Landlocked Atlantic Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, and Fall-run Great Lakes Steelhead and Brown Trout. Regional trips have included fly fishing in the Southeast, the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain states. He ties many of his own flies and owns WAY too many fly tying materials. Locally, during the Winter months, Ken actively pursues Striped Bass and KY Spotted Bass on Lake Sidney Lanier.
In saltwater, he pursues Redfish, Sea Trout, Bonefish and Permit.
Internationally, Ken has fly fished in Canada, the Bahamas, France, the Cayman Islands, Scotland, and New Zealand.
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.
For over 20 years, Ken has pursued Steelhead in the tributaries of both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in New York State. More recently, his Steelhead pursuit has extended to the West using two-handed rods. Every Spring, he pursues Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass in Western NYS and Landlocked Salmon in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
In 1997, Ken established Spring Creek Anglers and his private Fly Fishing School in North Georgia where he has been a resident since 1985.
During the early 2000's, he guided wade anglers on the Chattahoochee River.
Starting in 2005, Ken created the private North Georgia trophy trout fly fishing venue called Noontootla Creek Farms (from scratch) in Blue Ridge, GA for the property owners.
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.
From 2013 on-ward, Ken adopted using Two-Handed rods to enhance his trout, Steelhead, and Smallmouth Bass fishing experiences; and, now offers Spey casting (and fishing Spey-style) as part of his school's class offerings and guided trips.
In 2014, he added a Bay/Flats boat to his arsenal to chase Lake Lanier Stripers on fly; plus, Redfish and other saltwater species.
In 2016-2017, the industry saw the introduction of lightweight Trout Spey rods. Combined with new innovative lines & heads like those from OPST, Scientific Anglers, Airflo, and Rio Products, Trout Spey rods are bringing even more excitement to the ever expanding world of fly fishing.
In 2018, a Water Master single man inflatable raft (Kodiak version) was purchased to more safely float both local and remote Trout and Steelhead waters. Awesome heavy duty product that’s used extensively in The Northwest, British Columbia, and Alaska. Very safe and can handle Class 4 water. Coming with it’s own durable backpack storage bag, it can be shipped on an airplane as under 50# baggage. Or, park your ride and throw it in an Uber or Lyft vehicle at the beginning, or at the end, of a float trip. Wow!
In the Fall of 2018, a major electronics upgrade to Humminbird (in both screen size and technology) was added to his bay/flats skiff to enhance the pursuit of Striped Bass (Stripers) and KY Spotted Bass locally on Lake Sidney Lanier.
In late July, 2019, Ken conducted three uniquely different on-water workshops at the annual Fly Fishers International Expo held in Bozeman, MT. The three (3) on-water workshop topics were: Nymph Fishing the "Right Angle" Method; Depth and Speed - Controlling your Fly Presentations; and, Real World Trout Spey applications... from Swinging flies to Dry Fly Fishing. Each workshop was held on the Gallatin River just south of Bozeman. Workshop participants lauded from many different states including Alaska.
In 2020-2022, Covid-19 has certainly impacted everything. In the Fall, Ken looks forward to the start of Striper season on Lake Lanier as the lake water temps cool down and the fish start showing themselves both on top and near shallower water structures.
In 2020, 2021, and 2022, Ken’s destination trips included the following:
New York State... Lake Erie tributaries for Smallmouth Bass and Steelhead in mid-May fishing out of Fredonia, NY. Also, Landlocked Atlantic Salmon fishing on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York.