Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


The Stonefly: So much more than just a bug

“Stewardship is an essential thread bringing the traditions of wine-making and fly-fishing together. In every facet of our work, we strive to be environmental stewards and bring thoughtful,...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

The he-saids, she-saids of fly-fishing

Recently, the Durango Chapter of the Men Who Fly-Fish Club (DCMWFF) held a three-day fly-fishing outing. After participating in this event, I began to wonder how a three-day outing of the Durango...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Hawaii offers classic paradise for fly-fishing

If, one day, you find yourself fly-fishing on a freshwater lake for three types of bass, pan fish, and an unusuallooking small red fish that looks like it came from a child's gold fish bowl,...

DATE: May 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

For safety sake, consider using a wading staff

Mankind - women also - have used walking and wading staffs since the beginning of time.It's true. All you have to do is watch Hollywood's interpretation of Old Testament religious stories, and...

DATE: April 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Your mission: Shopping for the perfect vest

Several weeks ago, I was on a fly-fishing trip to Texas.On the first morning, I watched one of my friends, Jim, spread all the contents of his freshly washed fishing vestaround it, and then...

DATE: March 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Southern fishing: Reds and drum in Louisiana

If you were in a place where Southern hospitality is a way of life, where if you were any farther south you would bestanding in the Gulf of Mexico, where the menu went from grits to seafood crêpes...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

It's 2010: Try new fishing in new places

An irrigation canal is not the small ditch of moving water you see on lots of farms and ranches. A canal, by my definition, is a much larger body of water that usually feeds the smaller ditches. ...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Dear Santa: Consider this fishy wish list

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...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Pere Marquette: Royal treatment for king salmon

On a recent fly-fishing trip to Michigan, I learned two things.Michigan is where Trout Unlimited was founded, and it is also where brown trout were first introduced to the UnitedStates.This would...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Here's to better fly-fishing

Truly, chemicals can help us live better ... from the chemicals that are life saving to the good-smelling stuff used to help attract the opposite sex.Chemicals are in everything we touch or...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

John Day River: Smallmouth bass mean big fun

As some of you know, I have set a goal to catch a fish on my fly rod in every state of the union, or die trying.For Oregon, I wanted to fly-fish for smallmouth bass (SMB) on the John Day River. I...

DATE: July 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Cast your line, defy your bonds, soar with eagles

Not long ago, I watched the world's greatest fisherman come away from the lake without his dinner.I watched in awe as a bald eagle demonstrated his incredible skills and still could not catch a...

DATE: April 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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