Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: durango_fishing@frontier.net

Be still, aware, feel the spirit on the river

When I sat down to write this column, it dawned on me it was too easy to write. It was as if I had written these words before. So I checked two of my previous columns, and sure enough, I had...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Three exercises to help fishermen improve balance

In July, I wrote a column about stance and balance and how important they are. A friend of mine who fly-fishes suggested I write a follow-up column about how to achieve balance. My first thoughts...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Is there such a thing as a fly-fishing purist?

On occasion I have been heckled by someone calling me a purist as I leave the truck headed for the river. The first time it happened, I was thinking: “My hat is stained with sweat; I have a vest so...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fishermen: Sometimes, a cigar is ...

I’ve been fly-fishing for a really long time and smoking cigars while fly-fishing for only a slightly shorter amount of time. I’ve always felt there was some kind of connection between fly-fishing...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Stance, balance, practice keys to good casting

While reading The Fly Fisherman’s Guide to the Meaning of Life by Peter Kaminsky, a statement he made really brought home part of the sport to me. Kaminsky wrote, “Casting is easy to learn, hard to...

DATE: June 30, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

May road trip ties together family and fly-fishing

Christmas in December, Thanksgiving in November, anniversary in August, Halloween in October.Thankfully, some things in life are constant. And, along with those constants is the road trip my wife...

DATE: June 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fishermen, golfers are kindred spirits

While checking my eyelids for light leaks and listening to a golf tournament last Sunday, it hit me – professional golfers and fly-fishermen are a lot alike. Well, except for million-dollar paydays...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

A right triangle can change your fishing life

When I was in elementary school, I was told stories about the Bermuda Triangle and how it devoured boats and airplanes. Then came high school, and I had a geometry teacher tell me a right triangle...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Red fishing in Louisiana: As good as ever

Writing “Flies and Lies” frequently requires me to travel in order to verify information I have heard from my sources. So, after the Deep Water Horizon explosion which covered the Gulf of Mexico...

DATE: March 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Is it fly-fishing or is it golf? The choice is yours

I believe the person starting to play the absurd game of golf will have a much easier time choosing new clubs than the person taking up fly-fishing will have picking the correct fly rod. I am...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fishy deal: New equipment for the New Year

As I shuffled toward my morning coffee and newspaper chair, attired in my may-fly-decorated boxer shorts (5 years old, formerly gray), Orvis T-shirt, fishing hat (original color undistinguishable)...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fishing in the Bahamas: Good for what ails you

As I was sitting in the front of a speeding flats boat with my hair being blown dry by a 30-mile per hour wind – OK, my mustache and eyebrows – I was thinking what an incredible week it had been....

DATE: Dec. 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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