Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: durango_fishing@frontier.net

Have fly rod, will travel

A friend from California called late last winter wanting to know if I’d like to join him for two days of fly fishing in Gunnison this summer. I quickly checked my analog calendar and discovered...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Old friends meeting my new friend

Having become the poster boy as to why people pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon, She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) thought I should have a river helper. My balance has become suspect, and my...

DATE: July 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Be prepared, make a list

If I remember correctly, the motto for the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. That should also be the motto for those of us that fly fish. Not being prepared as you head out for a day of fly fishing is...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Pastorious hidden in plain sight

Even though COVID-19 is still with us, and it seems many writers can think of nothing else to write about, I have strayed from that place. Actually, I am at the point of either choosing to go fly...

DATE: June 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

What I did during the lockdown

My email inbox has been filled with things to do during the stay-at-home edict. They have ranged from making the house spotless, finishing the entire honey-do list, gaining weight and developing a...

DATE: May 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

It’s a serious mess

This is certainly not the column I had planned on writing. I was suppose to be in Tennessee fly fishing for bass. And, for the price of ice cream cones, have three-quarters of the Wild Bunch tell...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Spring: Almost

Spring is rapidly approaching. And, you are probably asking, how do I know? The first indication is that by 2 o’clock in the afternoon, my driveway has turned into a quagmire of mud. Next, all the...

DATE: March 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

In search of the Gray Ghost

Taking one’s own advice can have great results. My last column spoke about how to dress for cold weather fly fishing. I tried that. Then I went to my last suggestion and headed for the Bahamas in...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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

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