Don Oliver

Position: Special to The Herald

Email: [email protected]

It’s here – spring, that is

This column is really for those who are new to fly fishing, been doing it fewer than two years, or like me, can’t remember what you had for dinner last night. It’s about what to do to get ready for...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Gumbo, Dixie Beer and Redfish

If you are familiar with the south, you know from the title I was in Louisiana. Louisiana, similar to other Gulf Coast states, is known for many things. But I think the gumbo, beer and redfish give...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2021 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Looks and nudges on the Animas River

The high country is snowed-in, the Southern Ute Reservation and the San Juan River are closed, the lakes are icing over; the Animas is our fall-back. And, frankly, it is a good fall-back. From the...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Curls that aren’t so cute

We’ve all seen advertising pictures of little girls with cute curly hair. Those of us that fly fish have seen a fly cast that falls several feet short of the intended target because the line has...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Braided, brookies and a bird

Last week, two members of the Braided fly fishing club and I decided the three of us should spend a day fly fishing for brook trout. For those of you that don’t know, Braided is a fly fishing club...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Have fly rod, will travel

A friend from California called late last winter wanting to know if I’d like to join him for two days of fly fishing in Gunnison this summer. I quickly checked my analog calendar and discovered...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Old friends meeting my new friend

Having become the poster boy as to why people pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon, She Who Must Be Obeyed (SWMBO) thought I should have a river helper. My balance has become suspect, and my...

DATE: July 31, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Be prepared, make a list

If I remember correctly, the motto for the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”. That should also be the motto for those of us that fly fish. Not being prepared as you head out for a day of fly fishing is...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Pastorious hidden in plain sight

Even though COVID-19 is still with us, and it seems many writers can think of nothing else to write about, I have strayed from that place. Actually, I am at the point of either choosing to go fly...

DATE: June 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

What I did during the lockdown

My email inbox has been filled with things to do during the stay-at-home edict. They have ranged from making the house spotless, finishing the entire honey-do list, gaining weight and developing a...

DATE: May 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

It’s a serious mess

This is certainly not the column I had planned on writing. I was suppose to be in Tennessee fly fishing for bass. And, for the price of ice cream cones, have three-quarters of the Wild Bunch tell...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Spring: Almost

Spring is rapidly approaching. And, you are probably asking, how do I know? The first indication is that by 2 o’clock in the afternoon, my driveway has turned into a quagmire of mud. Next, all the...

DATE: March 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

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