Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

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

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