Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: durango_fishing@frontier.net

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

Tired of snow? Try saltwater fly-fishing

I did it. I went fly-fishing where it’s warm and never snows. I went where friends who live there describe it as the place old people go to get older. I went to Florida. As an aging retired guide...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2013 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Make fly-fishing mandatory for elected officials

Two weeks ago, I followed my usual morning routine. I put the coffee on, let the dog out, turned on the news ... and then got sick to my stomach. It was Inauguration Day. I instantly turned it off...

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

New year, new winter places to go fly-fishing

Christmas has passed. You found new fly-fishing stuff under the tree. You have handwritten your thank-you notes. Now you’re thinking, “2013 is here, it’s winter, where can I go and use my new...

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

New approach this Christmas: I want stuff

I can’t take it anymore. I always get really angry this time of year. Retailers are doing their best to get me to spend every last cent I have on stuff to give to my friends and family. For years,...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Reminders about giving thanks for fly-fishing

On my way home from a lengthy road trip after a week of pheasant hunting, I was trying to come up with an idea for this month’s column. As I was exhausted from the hunt and travel, I wasn’t having...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Experimenting will help you improve drift

Have you ever made a really good cast, set up what you thought was the perfect drift and had it completely ignored? Then made a sorry cast, followed with a screwball drift and watch your fly be...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fishing in Olympics? A balancing act

I love the Olympics. It doesn’t matter if it’s the summer or winter games; I just love to watch them.So, as I was watching the summer Olympics, it came to me that there is no competition for...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Aging fishermen’s used, abused joints deserve a new platform

“I’m getting too old for this.” Those were the words spoken by one of my fly-fishing buddies as we hiked back to the truck over big rocks and up a hill that was steeper than it was on the way down...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Three steps for success when you go fly-fishing

Let’s assume that you have come into the possession of the basic accouterments to start fly-fishing: rod, reel, line, backing, leader, tippet and some flies (aka “stuff”). Let’s further assume you...

DATE: July 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Flies and Lies

Not long ago, a friend of mine asked me to fish in a bass tournament that the local bass club was hosting. Having never done that, I jumped at the chance. After accepting the invitation, I let my...

DATE: May 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fisherman discovers new use for an old knot

Somehow my thoughts are being stolen. From time to time, just when I get a great column idea, a story with a similar topic will appear in some fly-fishing magazine. Well, it has happened yet again,...

DATE: May 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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