Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


Want to fly-fish? Head north along Animas River

The River of Lost Souls, also known as the Animas River, downstream from Durango has always been a fun and challenging fishery. From the 32nd Street bridge south to Bondad, the Animas is known for...

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

Fly-fishing, bears and eagles: It must be Alaska

Had the Vikings been fly fishermen, bear hunters and eagle watchers, instead of plunderers and pillagers, Alaska would have been their definition of Valhalla. It certainly is mine. My wife, who...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Dynamic duo: Every angler should have one

A long time ago, there was a television show that featured a dynamic duo (DD) known as Batman and Robin. For those of you who don’t remember TV in black and white, you probably have no recollection...

DATE: July 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Keep your rod in one piece: Don’t do these

It seems amazing that a rod built to fight and land fish of all sizes and weights is so fragile. Just when I think a fly-fishing trip is going smoothly, I get reminded that fly rods are broken by...

DATE: June 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Air travel can be tricky with fly-fishing gear

Traveling on commercial airlines is no fun. It’s a hassle. The planes are crowded, have no leg room and the seats are uncomfortable. The aircraft are old, not on time, your luggage gets lost and a...

DATE: May 1, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Bird dogs, flies and a few safety tips

For anyone who has spent any time following a good bird dog and handler, the phrase “Let ’em hunt” is very familiar. The dog is trained for one thing and one thing only: finding birds. If a...

DATE: April 3, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fisherman’s dream: Luxury fishing trip to Chile

My wife and I recently spent a week on and fly-fished from what can only be described as the ultimate mother ship. To set the stage, one needs to have an understanding of what constitutes a mother...

DATE: March 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Beat the crowds to fly-fish on San Juan River

When I was contemplating writing this month’s column, I thought it would be nice if I went where the fish would take dry flies, the weather would be nice and I wouldn’t be fishing with hundreds of...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2014 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Flashlight beam can help you improve casting

I believe the movement patterns of a golf swing and fly-fishing cast are very similar. Because the goal is to get the ball or fly to a place you want it to be, how your cast or swing looks is...

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

2013 was a very good year for fly-fishing

The other day I was standing in the stream when, under normal weather conditions, I would have been home napping in front of the fireplace. There was no reason for the day to be that warm. It was...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Another notch reveals nice land, people in N.D.

My favorite holiday, Halloween, has come and gone. My second-favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is coming up. I am thankful for all the things folks give thanks for as they sit around the Thanksgiving...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Time right for kokanee, brown trout at Vallecito

In my 20 years of living in Durango, I believe the word I hear mispronounced all kinds of different ways is Vallecito. It’s a beautiful-sounding Spanish word when pronounced correctly. For those...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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