The small feathers are extremely soft hackles occuring along the edge of the coot's wing (know as marginal coverts) make excellent collars for North Country flies such as the Iron Blue Dun, Dark Watchet and the Black Spider. The wings are ideal wet fly hackles with supple and soft stems. The wing primaries and secondaries of the Coot can be used for making wings. On each coot wing you will even find feathers big enough to make small spey hackles. In USA the American Coot is known as quite aptly Mudhens.