Tandem Fly Outfitters & Capt. Kris Nelson

Capt. Kris Nelson brings a lifetime of experience fishing the waters in Southern Missouri to each and every trip at Tandem Fly Outfitters.  Add to that his vast experience fishing from Canada and the Northern Rockies to Mexico and guiding out of the Florida Keys and suddenly you have more time and experience covering a more diverse range of species and fishing styles than most people can dream of doing in a lifetime.

A licensed and certified guide,  as well as a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Kris applies his diverse understanding of species and conditions and puts them to work to create a unique and successful adventure on the water that is tailored to each individual’s experience and expectations.

Capt. Kris Nelson has something for everyone, from teaching beginners how to use a fly rod to advanced casting techniques for fishing dry flies.  If the fly rod is not your tool of choice, his proficiency in pursuing that trophy bass, walleye, or even loading a boat full of crappie on Table Rock or Stockton is sure to be an unforgettable time for you and your group.

Contact Tandem Fly Outfitters and let Capt. Kris Nelson put together the fishing adventure of a lifetime for you and your party.

We enjoyed a nice trip with Kris on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO in early August, when the temps were hot and turbines running pretty full. Kris took 3 of of us his boat and had us into a lot of nice rainbows. It was a little early for the big browns, but we caught a lot of good sized rainbows in the 16 - 18" range. A nice bonus of fishing with Kris is some really fun dry fly action with hopper patterns. Kris knows the river and how to get you into the trout. We plan to make it a regular trip. I recommend Kris and Tandem Fly Outfitters for flyfishing the trophy section on Taneycomo.

Barry SullivanOverland Park, KS

I was referred to Kris and Tandem Fly Outfitters through a friend to take my older boys trout fishing while vacationing in Branson, MO. As novice anglers and even less experienced fly fishing, Kris showed patience and took a real interest in helping all of us be successful during our day on the water. Between the three of us, we landed over 50 fish and hooked up more than 65 times. What impressed me most was the interest Kris took in teaching my kids how to fly fish. He joked with all of us and after 20-30 minutes, we felt like we were fishing with a long time friend. My boys are already asking when we can come back to Branson and fish the big browns later this year. Thank you doesn't say enough for the day and memories Kris helped create for my boys and me.

Cory Davern Littleton, CO

My friend Steve Randle and I just spent two days (October 18-19, 2011) fishing with Capt Kris Nelson of Tandem Fly Outfitters on Taneycomo in Branson, MO. On the first day, they weren't running enough water for us to get Kris' boat up river near the Dam/fish hatchery, so we wad fished just below the hatchery. Kris showed Steve and I how to fish areas of moving water followed by drop offs, where fish were moving upstream to return to the fish hatchery. We caught many fish once we learned to "set the hook" when we observed "any" deviation in our "indicator's" drift downstream. I hooked one bigger fish (Kris said near 5lbs), but lost him after several minutes. We caught many fish in the 15" to 18" size. We stayed in Kris's two cabins and enjoyed a dinner and breakfast in Kris' home, prepared by Kris and his girl friend, Amanda. They are both wonderful, gracious and hospitable hosts. On the second day, they were running more water, and we were able to fish from Kris' 24' boat. We went up river as far as we could legally go, and then fished, while drifting down the river. We repeated this "up river" followed by "drifting down river" many times. Again we caught many fish, while Kris often reminded us to "set" whenever we saw any movement in our indicator. We had a truly great fishing trip, and returned to Wichita after fishing ended on the second day.

Wayne WallaceWichita, KS

I am a business owner who entertains many high rolling clients. Our company has used Capt. Kris Nelson for over three years. They are very patient and take every opportunity to provide the best service. We have done trout, Crappie, Walleye, and Bass trips. He has also guided Turkey, Whitetail deer, Waterfowl, and Dove hunts for us as well. Our clients all love fishing/hunting with Tandem Fly Outfitters. To see clients brag and pass photos around from successful trips with Tandem Fly Outfitters makes us feel like our money is well spent with "TFO." We would recommend "TFO" to anyone at any skill level. Bring your camera if you fish/hunt with this guy!

Hayden Machinery, LLC.Walnut Grove, MO

I was a complete newbie to fly fishing when I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with Captain Chris Nelson with Tandem Fly Outfitters. During our time on the White River System, Chris showed me several styles of fly fishing, from drifting and sight fishing to tandem fly presentation. By the end of the trip, Chris had me casting a dry fly and catching nice Rainbow Trout on each of my first two casts! Now I\'m hooked! His cabins where we stayed are very nice and the hospitality was outstanding. Chris is genuinely a nice guy and I am looking forward to fishing with him again in a couple of months.

Dan BryantReno, NV

Sales Managers have a wide variety of customers with different interest. Face it - you cannot be good at everything, so you depend on others for assistance. If you have a client with outdoor interest it does not get any better than this! I now have a waiting list of clients saying "when are we going fishing again with Kris."

Tim PaulsenSmithville, MO

I had been fly fishing the Ozarks for over 10 years before Kris with Tandem Fly Outfitters first guided me through the trophy section of Lake Taneycomo - a place I'd always found to be particularly difficult to catch large numbers of fish. Kris taught me techniques that helped me catch more fish than I'd ever caught there combined throughout the years. By the end of the afternoon, I caught so many fish with Kris that I lost count - conservatively, at least a total of 40 trout that day. Most importantly, Kris helped me land a couple trophies that afternoon, particularly a 24 inch brown trout. Kris is an excellent teacher, and he patiently ensured that I learned the techniques necessary to be a more effective fly fisherman.

Ben NewhouseSpringfield, MO

Had a great time and learned how to fly fish. Kris did a wonderful job with the boat and the tackle, all we did was fish-fish-fish. I would highly recommend Tandem Fly Outfitters and Kris Nelson to anyone, novice or pro.

Randy HenryHarrisonville, MO

I wanted to better understand the techniques of catching trout on Lake Taneycomo, so decided to book an all day fishing trip with Kris Nelson. My wife and I couldn't of had a better time, as Kris had us in fish all day. My wife even caught a 20" brown and an 18+" bow. Kris was a great guide and host, and I am looking forward to going fishing again with Kris in the future.

Jay SwopeNixa, MO

The wife and I went trout fishing with Kris on Friday, 8 June. He definitely knows where the fish are and how to get them in the boat. We landed over fifty fish in four hours. His sense of humor kept us laughing in between fish. We'll be back this fall to hook into some monster browns. Thanks Kris.

Bill KaratzasFt Leonard Wood, MO

My wife and I recently took a trip to Branson and had the pleasure of fishing with Kris on Lake Taneycomo for trout. It had been many years since either one of us had done any fishing and Kris took the time to get both of us up to speed on our technique and had us catching fish in no time. We enjoyed our trip and Kris\'s company so much that we booked a second trip with him that week. The weather was perfect and the fishing was great on both days for us. Kris makes you feel right at home on his boat and tended to our every need. Fishing with Kris was definitely the highlight of our trip and we will be back to do it again. Thank you Kris for two very memorable days on the lake.

Bart PrideKaty, TX