Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

For fun smallmouth bass fishing, try these Southwest Colo. lakes

Four years ago, I wrote a column about fly-fishing for smallmouth bass on the John Day River in Oregon. I mention this because some of you may actually be able to remember something that happened...

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

Drought affects decisions about where to fish

If you’re a farmer, rancher or fly-fisherman, your theme song most likely is “Rain, Rain, Come Again and Again and Again.” The only way you’re not aware there is a drought in Southwest Colorado is...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fishing for carp – my new addiction

I have heard it said, “Carp is a poor man’s bonefish.” I want you to know that becoming addicted to fly-fishing for carp can turn a wealthy man into a poor man. Recently, I started my quest to...

DATE: July 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

The Bahamas: Mean flies, sharks, lots of bonefish

When hard-core fly-fishers head to the Bahamas, a great place for them to stay is the Andros South Lodge on Andros island. The lodge is designed for those who want a great saltwater experience...

DATE: June 6, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

OMG, fly-fishing needs to expand beyond OWG

The first weekend of April brought a real feeling that spring finally had arrived with the annual Duranglers Fly Fishing Festival. The warm weather felt great, and the festival was lots of fun....

DATE: May 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

On San Juan, quantity beating size right now

An anonymous source has always told me that it is not size that is important, but the quantity of fish that makes a fun day of fly-fishing. I’m not sure I totally buy into that theory. However, at...

DATE: April 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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