Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

Fly fishing in cities

When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, there were an inordinate number of westerns on TV. One of my favorites was one starring Richard Boone as Paladin in “Have Gun, Will Travel.” For those...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Uneducated fish on the San Juan River

I had another column outlined and ready to write when I received “The Email.” A friend emailed me and told me a friend of his had emailed him to say, “17,000 uneducated trout had been released...

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

2018, bring it on

Regardless which side of the political spectrum you were on, no one can say that 2017 wasn’t a year for the record books. So for 2018, I am going to ignore politics and concentrate on fly fishing. ...

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

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