Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


Staying warm in the cold

Just because winter and cold weather are now upon us, there is no reason to stop fly fishing. It’s been my experience that great fishing can be had when the mercury in the thermometer heads south....

DATE: Jan. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Keeping score

It’s Christmas time again. Once, it was my least favorite time of the year. But with the creation of the “Wild Bunch,” it has become my absolute favorite time of the year. With the arrival of...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Being thankful. Really thankful

It’s November, and I’m relatively certain you are expecting my usual column about being thankful for everything we have. We should be thankful. But this November, I am especially thankful for two...

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

End to a great year

I ended my 70th year as I started it, fly fishing. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. I started the year of celebration fly fishing in Canada. With me were the Wild Bunch, my...

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

Renewing old friendships

Drought, fire, snow, heavy runoffs, pestilence and helping to pay for orthopedic surgeons’ children to go to college forced me to ignore two good friends. Those friends are Lime Creek and...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Bamboo and brookies, what fun!

So far, this has been a really busy summer. My calendar shows “non-fishing stuff” going on almost everyday since the first of June. I’m an old, retired curmudgeon; it shouldn’t have been that busy....

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Setting goals

I have heard it said, and I agree, when someone starts to fly fish they go through a series of self-imposed goals. First, they want to be able to master a cast. Little do they know this is a...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Solutions for high water

For some time, those of us that fly fish have been hoping for wetter falls, winters and springs. If you haven’t noticed, we finally got our wish. It is now May, and the ski area is still open....

DATE: May 3, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

The White River, in Arkansas

I am a member of an exclusive fly fishing club from Texas, known as the Wulff Pack. The only requirement for membership is that you can fog a mirror. Recently, I was assigned the task to be part of...

DATE: March 29, 2019 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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

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