Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

The joys of receiving aplenty in 2015

This is the time of the year that all columnist seem to write about the joys of giving. So, as I sat down to write this month’s column, I started thinking about what to say concerning giving. Then...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Arkansas is more than a state, it’s Colorado fishing

One of the high points of my year was the annual fly fishing trip Sam and I took with a group of friends from Texas. This group is made up of three doctors, one lawyer, two sons that are a lawyer...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

New England: More than just pretty colors

Not long ago, she who must be obeyed (swmbo) pointed out our annual spring road trip had not been taken for several years. When I responded that I was tired of driving, two airplane tickets to New...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

USA fly fishing team brings home the silver

I have to say, one of the last places I would chose to go fly fishing is Bosnia. However, thankfully Fly Fishing Team USA (FFTUSA) went there and placed second in the World Fly Fishing...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Bamboo, a new miracle cure for Type-A personalities

In my role as a professional, I have spent a fair amount of time and money on research and development. Of course, with my profession being fly fishing, my R&D consists of doing lots of fly fishing...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

High and fast water makes for creative fishing

I’m not real religious when it comes to prayer. In fact my prayers are usually for good cigars, better whiskey, and fish in love with dry flies. I’m a man of simple needs. However, when the...

DATE: July 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fishing the small streams: Best of the best

The most joy I receive from fly fishing comes via small streams. I have had the good fortune to fly fish in lots of places for a big water and fish experience, and I have enjoyed every one. But,...

DATE: June 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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