Parakeet, Orange and Black
Category: Pacific Salmon
Hook: Size 2/0 to 2, Salmon Hook of Choice
Tail: Black Marabou Tied on Hook, Followed by Orange Marabou Wrapped
Body: Black Zonker Strip Wrapped Around Hook, Accented With A few Strands of Gray Ghost Krystal Flash
Collar: Red Zonker Strip Wrapped a Couple Turns
Eyes: Large Bead Chain
The Parakeet was designed because of the great success I have had with wrapped zonker (rabbit) strip flies for fall Pacific Salmon. This Orange and Black Parakeet is a different color variation the Parakeet, Eyed (which see). This color combination combination is often effective when other colors are not, especially for Kings. This fly, literally swims like a minnow after the rabbit strip becomes saturated with water. The marabou wiggles like a tail and the rabbit fur body undulates with enticing action. The bead chain eyes add weight to keep it down in high water. Also see Parakeet, Purple; Parakeet, Pink and White; Parakeet, Chartreuse and White; and Parakeet Chartreuse for ideas about variations for this fly. I have also tied a Parakeet Tube Fly variation of thi fly.