Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: durango_fishing@frontier.net

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

Reorganizing and simplifying made easy

Recently, the chapters of the Men Who Fly-Fish organization held their World Conclave and banquet at the finest steak and vegan restaurant in Bozeman, Mont.After the banquet, a group of six members...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Sayings that give special meaning to fly-fishing

For us old-fashioned fogies who are frustrated and intimidated with the endless array of devices that provide instant and never-ending messages, there is another means of communication more to our...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

The Stonefly: So much more than just a bug

“Stewardship is an essential thread bringing the traditions of wine-making and fly-fishing together. In every facet of our work, we strive to be environmental stewards and bring thoughtful,...

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

The he-saids, she-saids of fly-fishing

Recently, the Durango Chapter of the Men Who Fly-Fish Club (DCMWFF) held a three-day fly-fishing outing. After participating in this event, I began to wonder how a three-day outing of the Durango...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Hawaii offers classic paradise for fly-fishing

If, one day, you find yourself fly-fishing on a freshwater lake for three types of bass, pan fish, and an unusuallooking small red fish that looks like it came from a child's gold fish bowl,...

DATE: May 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

For safety sake, consider using a wading staff

Mankind - women also - have used walking and wading staffs since the beginning of time.It's true. All you have to do is watch Hollywood's interpretation of Old Testament religious stories, and...

DATE: April 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Your mission: Shopping for the perfect vest

Several weeks ago, I was on a fly-fishing trip to Texas.On the first morning, I watched one of my friends, Jim, spread all the contents of his freshly washed fishing vestaround it, and then...

DATE: March 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Southern fishing: Reds and drum in Louisiana

If you were in a place where Southern hospitality is a way of life, where if you were any farther south you would bestanding in the Gulf of Mexico, where the menu went from grits to seafood crêpes...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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