Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald


Experiencing Cuba’s fine fly fishing

With the easing of the travel ban to Cuba and opening of the U.S. Embassy, getting to Cuba is now easier and legal, sort of. We just returned from visiting Cuba, and it was an experience you...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | 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

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

Pere Marquette: Royal treatment for king salmon

On a recent fly-fishing trip to Michigan, I learned two things.Michigan is where Trout Unlimited was founded, and it is also where brown trout were first introduced to the UnitedStates.This would...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Here's to better fly-fishing

Truly, chemicals can help us live better ... from the chemicals that are life saving to the good-smelling stuff used to help attract the opposite sex.Chemicals are in everything we touch or...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

John Day River: Smallmouth bass mean big fun

As some of you know, I have set a goal to catch a fish on my fly rod in every state of the union, or die trying.For Oregon, I wanted to fly-fish for smallmouth bass (SMB) on the John Day River. I...

DATE: July 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Dress for success applies directly to fly-fishermen

Not long ago, I walked into the kitchen dressed for a day of fly-fishing.My wife took one look at me and welled up.She said, "You promised me you would never play golf again. You obviously are...

DATE: June 5, 2009 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

French fishing breaks down stereotypes

For my right-wing redneck buddies and buddettes who don't speak French, once you get past the title of this column, you will probably have the vapors.It's true; I went to France, and I went...

DATE: May 8, 2009 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Cast your line, defy your bonds, soar with eagles

Not long ago, I watched the world's greatest fisherman come away from the lake without his dinner.I watched in awe as a bald eagle demonstrated his incredible skills and still could not catch a...

DATE: April 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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