Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

Fishing tailwaters a good place to start in spring

It’s springtime. Accessibility to the high country is still iffy. The rivers at lower elevations have taken on the color of chocolate milk. And the new fly rod that was a Christmas gift has cobwebs...

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

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

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