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Guide Doug Majors and Amanda and Kris Nelson show off the typical haul for anglers when they return to the Tandem Fly Outfitters lodge in
Stockton from a day's fishing at either Stockon or Pomme de Terre lakes.

The Long Way Back To The Lake

to guide walleye trips on Stockton Lake. For two months,
he led nonstop trips during the day and slept in a tent at
night, finding time in between to make Facebook posts
"I didn't have toys - I collected tackle," Kris says with
about each day's success. When he found the former Stone
a smile. "It didn't matter if it was a mud puddle, I'd try to
Creek Lodge outside Stockton, Kris not only discovered
fish it."
better accommodations, but the next step for Tandem Fly
That love for angling led him from his
grandfather's Glastron boat to Key West,
Outfitters. The motel owner offered to sell, and in short
Florida after high school. Getting a foot
order Kris and Amanda took on the task of converting
in the door of the charter fishing industry
it into a lodge, tackle shop and their home - all while
meant putting in time at sea on a comraising their children and Kris continued to guide.
mercial fishing boat, where Kris often spent
Ten rooms complete with microwaves, refriger21-hour days catching king mackerel by
ators, coffee makers and sinks can accommodate
rod and reel. The hard work paid off. After
up to 12 anglers. Along the way, they've tweaked
Stockton
the business to suit the clientele such as doing
obtaining his captain's license, Kris ran a
away with the bait and tackle shop in order to
private sport fishing yacht in the area for
make way for expanding dining room seating at
three years.
the lodge.
"I got to live the full-on Key West expeThis year, Kris started offering package deals,
rience to the point where it wasn't even fun
which include three meals a day and lodging, at
anymore," Kris says. "Something clicked in me. I
a lower per person rate than the average day or half-day
wanted to start a family, and I had to get back to where life
trip. The more personalized experience, he's found, gives
was wholesome."
anglers more time on the water, more opportunities to
And one day back in Missouri during the yacht's off
catch fish and has led to increased regular customers.
season, something else clicked for him. While attending a
With the tackle provided for them and everything from the
whitetail deer management class at a local church, Kris
boat ride to cleaning the day's catch covered, all anglers
heard the testimony of a friend and his life was changed.
have to do is show up with an open mind to enjoy the outA short time later, he realized his purpose: passing on his
doors.
love of fishing to others. In 2010, he attended the Sweet"I love to see other people catch fish and see them get
water Travel Co.'s guide school in Livingston, Montana to
excited about doing it," Kris says. "We want to get away
learn the business. When he returned to Missouri, a few
from the 'meet-your-guide-at-the-ramp' experience."
chance encounters showing people how to catch trout on
Lake Taneycomo opened the floodgates. Soon, word-ofmouth referrals had Kris on the water every day, showing
folks how to fly fish.
"Everybody knew somebody else who was coming," Kris
remembers. "I started posting on Craigslist that I had cabins to rent out, and that's how it all started."
In 2015, Kris took a break from the trout down south

"I didn't have toys -
I collected tackle."
- Kris Nelson



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