Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


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

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

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