Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: durango_fishing@frontier.net

Christmas without unwrapping a present

To make sure I didn’t repeat myself for this column, I read last year’s Christmas column. As I read, I did find that I had made a prediction that came true. I predicted that 2016 would be a year of...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly fishing for tiger trout a win-win

I have been known to cast a fly at most anything. However, the tiger referred to in the title is not a fly fisherman-eating mammal, but a fish, a trout no-less. Until three weeks ago, I had never...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Leaders, not bobbleheads

While fishing the other day, I mentioned to my friend and fishing partner, Sam, I was going to write a column about leaders. He instantly became agitated and wanted to know how a newspaper could...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

A ‘shadow cast’ or a false cast?

I once had a young client who informed me he wanted to learn how to shadow cast. I explained to him there really wasn’t a cast called a shadow cast. He told me he had seen “A River Runs Through...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Hugs can be good; fishermen can do better

It seems every time I turn on the news there is a story about a law enforcement officer being shot and killed, or wounded just because they’re wearing a uniform. The people who work for the...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Experiencing Cuba’s fine fly fishing

With the easing of the travel ban to Cuba and opening of the U.S. Embassy, getting to Cuba is now easier and legal, sort of. We just returned from visiting Cuba, and it was an experience you...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Lunches: From nothing to over-the-top

Lunch and dinner in the Southeast, it is a very important time of the day. It’s especially important after a fun-filled, active morning of fly fishing. It’s what is needed to recharge your...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Southwest Florida provides rest, recuperation and fly fishing

I’ve been to Southwest Florida (SWF) before, so when she who must be obeyed suggested we spend the month of April there for some “RR and FF,” I jumped at the opportunity. I knew the fly fishing...

DATE: May 5, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Polarization helps you see fish

My business card proudly proclaims me “a fly fishing consultant,” with my world headquarters a post office box. As a consultant, I am happy to sell or give my opinion about anything to do with fly...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Inquiring minds want to know

Recently, I had an inordinate amount of free time on my hands and got involved in a scientific experiment. I was trying to find out if my eye lids leaked light. For the experiment, I placed myself...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Streamers are easy and fun to tie

For those of you that read my columns but haven’t fished with me, and for those that don’t read my columns but have fished with me, you know I don’t like fly fishing with nymphs. In fact, I refuse...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Stripping baskets are not for nude fly fishing

I know a retired fly fishing guide who once tried to convince his wife that a stripping basket was meant to keep your clothes in a neat pile when fly fishing nude from the deck of a boat, or...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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