By the time you read this column, my two favorite holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving, will have come and gone.
Thanksgiving used to be my favorite. But since the world's greatest grandson was born on Halloween, Thanksgiving has
slipped to second place.
Christmas, heretofore, was my absolute least favorite holiday. The only thing that made it bearable was my belief the
day was created so curmudgeons - moi - would have a special holiday to be curmudgeonly about.
However, with the birth of the world's greatest grandson, Christmas is something to be excited about, and I now have a
I wish that every time the bobbleheads in Washington wasted money on bridges to nowhere, massive bailouts and
2,000-page health-care reform bills, they would have to give an equal amount of money to the various departments of
wildlife, national parks and
The men and women who work for those, and other similar agencies, are some of the hardest working and most dedicated
people you ever want to meet. They work with outdated everything and low pay while providing fly-fishing
opportunities for you and me.
I've been fortunate to have fly-fished in other countries. And no other country comes close to having the professionals
we have in this country helping to provide the fly-fishing opportunities we enjoy. Just imagine what those agencies
could do with a trillion dollars, per year.
I wish the manufacturers of leader and tippet would find the flaw in their process that produces leaders and tippets
susceptible to wind knots.
Truly, how can a fly-fisherman get wind knots when there is no wind? I am convinced the knots are the result of
defective products, not a faulty casting stroke.
I wish for the survival of the small stockers placed in the Animas River earlier this year, and that they get really
big over the winter.
I know it got old catching dozens and dozens of little
bitty stupid trout. But, just think what next year will be like if the stockers survive, get big and develop an
insatiable appetite for big, dry flies. This has the possibility of turning our great fly-fishing area into heaven on
I wish for continued good fly-fishing for not only my new grandson, but any youngster wanting to learn this great
Of course, in order for them to learn, the men and women who fly-fish in this area have to be willing to teach them.
So, I wish that all adults with fly-fishing and teaching skills step up and help out.
To close, in these truly
troubling and challenging times, I want to repeat what I have said before, and now more than ever mean:
I wish everyone Felize Navidad, Happy Chanukah, a good Eid al-Adha and, of course, Merry Christmas. If none of these
fits your beliefs, then may whatever it is that touches your heart with hope be with you all of 2010. I look forward to
seeing each and every one of you on the river. Thanks for helping me have a great 2009.
Reach Don Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org.