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Traditionally, feathers from the Indian Kingfisher Full Skin have been used in both salmon and trout flies. As an example Theakston used the kingfisher blue feather as the hackle of his Heron Spinner. In salmon flies, kingfisher body and rump feathers are used much more frequently. While the use of kingfisher feathers predated the use of Blue Chatterer in fly tying literature, Pryce-Tannatt claims that kinfisher feathers are substitutes for Blue Chatterer (Cotinga).
Indian Kingfisher Full Skin can be used in the Chatterer (body), Black Ranger and Britannia (cheeks), Blue Baron and Kendle (tails). Occasionally, blue kingfisher feathers will be used as veilings in flies, such as the Blue Boyne, or as throats in flies such as Bo Peep. Dressing for the White Doctor and Blue Rover specifically call for kingfisher feathers (not blue chatterer) for the side and cheeks. Other representative examples could be: Jock Scott, Butcher, Bushmill's Warrior.
Indian Kingfisheris is one of the basic fly tying material to create many of the William Blacker salmon flies as the Shannon Serie and many of the flies described in the 1842 and 1855 editions of the Art of Fly Making.