Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


Four-wheel low

When I have to put my truck into four-wheel low to get out of my driveway, I know the dreaded disease of, “There’s no where to fly fish” is about to overtake me. She who must be obeyed, (SWMBO)...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

I got new fly fishing gear, now what?

For some reason you received a new fly rod, reel, line, leaders and some flies for Christmas. You received these items because you either asked for them or a friend or significant other wants to...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

It’s a new year ... now what?

Christmas has come and gone, and as usual, most of the items on my wish list are still there. We don’t have world peace, hunger is still around, happy political parties are still a fiction, I...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

What I want for Christmas

I’m no different from my friends. I’d love to open the paper on Christmas day and see that world peace had broken out, hunger was now gone and that the United States now had political parties that...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

I’m still thankful

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Thanksgiving. There’s turkey and all the fixins; friends and family to share it with; an opportunity to serve meals to those who aren’t as...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

I know stuff about fly fishing

As you read this, I have successfully moved from being a sexagenarian to being a septuagenarian. One definition of my new designation is that “I am now in an age of decreased mobility.” Hopefully...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

The MMM fly

Have you ever been fly fishing with a good friend or guide who is really good at selecting the correct fly, time-after-time? But, on a slow day, she may open every box in her vest and quietly say...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock

Back in June, when for some reason I couldn’t get out to fly fish, I was channel surfing and found the Outdoor channel. As fate would have it, a show about the life of Joe Brooks was just...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Life, lemons and Echo Reservoir

When I was growing up, I was always told, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” That’s great for children. However, as I have aged and matured, when life hands me a lemon, I now put it in a...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Lake Nighthorse open, and the fly fishing is great

Lake Nighthorse is now officially open to fishing from a power boat. In order to write an unbiased column about fly fishing Lake Nighthorse, from a motor boat, I felt it was my duty to research...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Still in soggy Tennessee, fishing subdivisions

As mentioned in my last column, “She Who Must Be Obeyed” and I have been spending time in Tennessee. This trip was designed to get us out of Durango’s mud season. Well, it’s been beautiful in...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

From strip setting to lifting your rod

Back in January I thought it would be insightful on my part to plan a two-month sabbatical during Durango’s mud season. Since the Wild Bunch had recently moved to Tennessee, this seemed like the...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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