Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

An early Christmas present

Early last summer, my friend Sam and I discovered our young friends Kami and Nick had purchased an inflatable AIRE drift boat for their business. The boat is well-outfitted for fly fishing. There...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fall, my favorite time of the year

I love fall. It is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite time of the year. The weather’s cool, the colors are spectacular, there are fewer people in town and Thanksgiving occurs. What’s not to...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Wulff pack: new name for an old club

One of the highlights of my year is the annual fly fishing trip I take with a group of men that have been known as “Men Who Fly Fish.” They’ve had that title for many years. This year they decided...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

‘Wild, stronger, together’

The above title makes one think the Wild Bunch, from last month’s column, merged with other Wild Bunches and are conquering the world. You’d be wrong if that’s what you thought. No, “Wild,...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

How to fish with a Wild Bunch

I used to refer to my daughter’s children as the “World’s Cutest and Smartest Grandchildren.” However, I was called to task by other grandparents who thought their grandchildren were the “World’s...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Done at last, what in the world was I thinking?

My quest to catch a fish on my fly rod in all 50 states was not a spur of the moment thought. It evolved slowly over a number of years. Before becoming a fly fishing guide, I had fly fished in five...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly fishing Navajo Lake, don’t miss it

Navajo Lake could be called Three Rivers since it is formed by the Pine, San Juan, and Piedra rivers. However, since a 1908 Supreme Court decision ruled the Navajo Nation had the water rights, it...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

All the rivers will soon be fishable – maybe

Spring is here, runoff will soon be over, and all the streams will be fishable, in your dreams. We still have a bike race that has a history of giving us one last big snowstorm. That’s on top of...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Trip specialists can make journey easier

I don’t know about other people, but I find travel for fly fishing can be a real hassle. Not just getting from point-A to point-B, but trying to find lodges, quality guides and edible food. If you...

DATE: March 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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