Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

Power of 2 helps make saltwater trip excellent

I have discovered that the saying, “You can never have too much gear,” is especially true for those of us who enjoy fly fishing in saltwater. This really becomes apparent if you are fly fishing in...

DATE: April 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Taxes are good for TART; did I really say that?

Before I start this column, I am compelled to issue a disclaimer. Aliens have not replaced my Fox News-loving, redneck, right-wing brain with a CNN News-loving, liberal, left-wing brain. The...

DATE: March 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

New gear that will keep you organized

Among the great things about the coming of the new year are the articles about new fly fishing gear in all the fly fishing magazines. It seems the various fly fishing magazines have the same...

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

Underwear not on Christmas wish list

When you reach my age, older than: dirt, ketchup, electricity or Chair 8 at Purgatory, there isn’t much left that you need. I really don’t need anything. My fishing closet, rod rack and boat...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Yellowstone a place to be thankful for

It’s November, and it seems anyone writing a column does a “being thankful” column. Well, I’m no different. Last September, while standing in the middle of an area comprised of 2,221,776 acres –...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Guides with time and talent helping others

When people think of a fly fishing guide the thought is of someone working with a client for pay. And, 99.9 percent of the time that is true. However, there are times when fly fishing guides...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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