Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

Ten things to do when the snow is at Ph.D levels

I was sitting at my desk, looking out the window, and I realized the snow is at what I call PhD levels. That is, it’s piled higher and deeper. Sort of like the advanced degrees one can get at...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Redfish, oysters and old guys

What could possibly go wrong when six old guys go on an unsupervised, no wives included, fly fishing road trip? Absolutely nothing. Yeah, right. The group, having read my last column, thought it...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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

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