Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: durango_fishing@frontier.net

Fly-fishing with a friend from the past

Recently, the Dallas Chapter of Men Who Fly-Fish invited me to Texas for two days of fly-fishing. It was a typical MWFF outing. There was whiskey drinking, cigar smoking, tobacco chewing, card...

DATE: March 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

San Juan River remodeled, not just renovated

For those of you who stopped fishing the San Juan River because of the lousy river conditions from the Kiddie Hole upstream, you need to rethink your position. I say this from recent experience. I...

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

Political party of fly-fishers provides hope

They’re back and scarier than ever. Who are they? They are the wonderful people who bring you the national elections every four years. During the last cycle, we witnessed huge sums of money raised,...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Fly-fishing the ‘51st state’ brings new thrills

My wife is the smartest person I know, bar none. In fact, she is smarter than the smartest and cutest 2-year-old grandson in the world who currently is involved in a project figuring out how to put...

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

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

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