Ken was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He began fishing the small creeks of the Boise River drainage as a youngster then during his teenage years began immersing himself on Silver Creek and the South Fork of the Boise River, the area�s only blue ribbon trout streams, always fishing flies he fashioned himself.

Ken began guiding on the South Fork of the Snake river in 1985 and has developed numerous successful patterns for this stream.

Ken has designed flies assisting six winners in the Jackson Hole One Fly. Twice they have had the single highest score on the Wyoming side of the event. In 1998 Ken won the South Fork top guide in the contest.


  • Hook: Daiichi 4660 #4 —————————————- Buy on Amazon
  • Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer silk, amber —————– Buy on Amazon
  • Dubbing: Golden brown ICE-DUB —————————– Buy on Amazon
  • Foam: 1mm light brown foam; 3mm dark brown foam – Buy on Amazon
  • Wing: Brown bear hair – good friend
  • Legs: Brown PERFECT RUBBER —————————— Buy on Amazon

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Bear Hair Golden Trude – Ken Burkholder
Burkus Baetis Emerger – Ken Burkholder
Veiled Egg – Ken Burkholder

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