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Steve Silverio

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Steve Silverio "Silvefish flies"

Combining classic dressings with modern concepts, Steve Silvero's flies are an amalgam of tradition and simplicity. Known primarily for his innovative saltwater & large predator flies!


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Steve Silverio - "Silverfish flies"
 Image Tying flies since the age of fourteen on a “homemade rotary vise”, Steve has ventured into all forms of the fly-tying art. Known primarily for his innovative saltwater & large predator flies, Steve has developed patterns for many species from striped bass to sailfish and is constantly experimenting with new natural materials for his designs. Combining classic dressings with modern concepts, his flies are an amalgam of tradition and simplicity.

He regularly appears at various tying forums, local, regional, & international, and demonstrates his craft at various fly shops along the east coast. His Polar Pony flies are featured in the 2008 winter issue of Fly Tyer Magazine and two of his patterns have been included in a recent release, “Passion for Pike”, by his friend Ad Swier, a well known Pike fisherman, artist, author, and founder of the Dutch Fly Fair.

Currently, Steve is a member of Regal Vise Company’s developmental team and has cooperated in the design of their new in-line rotary model, the Revolution. He is also a pro staff tier for Regal & Mustad-Partridge USA.

Because I live in the Mid Atlantic area, I often fish for stripers, bluefish & false albacore; however I also am not far from good trout streams & Smallmouth Rivers as well as several fine lakes that contain largemouth bass, pickerel & pike. My three favorite species to fish & tie flies for are striped bass, pike & Atlantic salmon.

 While I have no single favorite tyer, I have several whose inventiveness, style, clean lines & tying techniques I greatly admire. Among those are; Carrie Stevens, Bob Warren, Syd Glasso, Warren Duncan, Charlie Chute, Daniel Dufour, Kenichiro Sawada, Marcelo Morales, Bob Popovics and others.
 You will note that I count a majority of salmon fly tyers among the names I list. I believe that the discipline of dressing salmon flies is the most challenging form of flytying and contributing greatly to the development of a flytyer’s skill, and for that reason should be pursued. A solid foundation of tying skills enables the tyer to experiment with new techniques that build on those of the past.

 Essentially, fly tying provides the fly fisherman with a more complete experience of his unique sport, one which is based on originality & creativity.  It is only natural then that the creative response to fly tying is to experiment with existing patterns, consider new materials and formulate original concepts that develop from experiences on streams, rivers, lakes or in the salt. Fly tyers are constantly trying to solve the riddle of how to get fish to respond positively to the bits of fur & feathers we eagerly offer them.  It is in the very nature of the fly tying art to respond creatively to this desire.

  POLAR PONY  (Baitfish Series)


This is more a type of fly than a specific pattern as it can be tied in an array of color combinations to imitate various larger saltwater baitfish such as herring, bunker & mackerel, or any of the larger size freshwater baits like trout, chubb & perch.  This pattern came about from my early experiments with the mane & tail from the Icelandic Horse.  I learned of the material through my friend Phil Castleman ( www.castlearms.com) when initially looking for a longer natural substitute for deer hair. I began to import it several years ago after becoming convinced of its wonderful properties as a superb natural material for tying large streamer flies.

This pattern borrows from Carrie Stevens (the manner in which I tie in the cheeks & eyes), Ken Abrams (the flatwing saddle feather addition), and most importantly from Bob Popovics whose "Hollow-Tie" technique, which creates the impression of mass without bulk, is the basis for tying these flies. Also, the Hooks I use are primarily the Partridge CS-43 & 45 (4/0 & 6/0) series of Ad Swier Pike hooks, which allow a larger fly to track well in the water and keel the fly so that it swims properly. Several of these flies appear in the 2008 winter issue of Fly Tyer Magazine. This is an excellent fly to use when the fall runs of larger baitfish are prevalent, or when prospecting for pike lies around weed beds.



 This pattern borrows primarily from Keith Fulsher's "Thunder Creek” style of deer hair streamer flies and incorporates a flatwing tail to give it an eel-like swimming motion.  I have also added several wraps of .025 lead beneath the head of the fly to enable it to sink quickly in current. One successful technique I have found for fishing this fly is to cast it at a bridge piling and allow it to swing into the current where fish usually station themselves to feed just up from the deeper water. The Mustad Aberdeen Perfect is an excellent hook for this fly.  I tie this pattern in colors ranging from dark brown to chartreuse.




 Yet another offshoot from the very popular fly designed by Bob Clouser, this pattern represents my attempt to design larger profile bait on the basic framework of Bob's fly.  Using the Aberdeen Perfect hook, in sizes from 2/0 - 6/0 and mane sections of Polar Pony, the fly is "Hy-tied on one side only, producing a large wing which stabilizes the fly in the water and does not collapse in the current. The final tie-ins in front of the barbell eyes are done in the reverse hollow style, giving the fly a three dimensional appearance.



  Primarily designed as a tube fly for pike, this pattern incorporates a very full look in the head of the fly by incorporating marabou with Polar Pony mane. The unique feature of the fly however, is the plastic cone head, which is fashioned from the inner seal of a milk or orange juice container.  The cone is applied as the final step in dressing the fly and is given a slight play so that it can move when tugged, creating an erratic movement of the fly.  The cone also pushes a large mass of water, sending a definite signal of mass to the lateral lines of a predator fish. This fly will fish just under the surface and will work well as a fish attractor. Tied in black & purple, it makes a great evening fly.